Kettle Black Cocktail Class | Gifted.

Monday, 24 June 2019

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Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Living so close to such a swanky cocktail bar can be a little dangerous, but when Kettle Black invited me and some of my lovelies down for a cocktail class I couldn’t resist. But not just because of how addictive their espresso martinis are! 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

We were greeted upon arrival at Kettle Black to our own section of the bar and freshly poured prosecco ready and waiting whilst we were introduced to our host for the night, Danny! Unlike most cocktail classes available these days with the Kettle Black class you are left to peruse the menu at your leisure and decide which two individual cocktails you'd like to make.

A typical  cocktail class would be a selection of cocktails decided before you arrive and ones that you would all make too. By having your own sectioned off part of the bar it means that at Kettle Black you can create any of the wonders from their cocktail menu whilst also meeting the tastes of everyone in the group. 

Spoiler, not everyone likes espresso martinis. 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

There was no pressure or rush to crack on with the class, Danny took us step by step through each cocktail, the history of the spirits we were using and also the stories behind the cocktails on the menu. Our first round consisted of a Ginger Spice Espresso Martini, Corpse Reviver 2, Pain Killer, Bikini Atoll and a Lozzaberry! A wide range of cocktails requiring different skills and also vastly different taste palette so you can imagine we had fun. 

I went for the Corpse Reviver 2 for a gin, Cointreau and lillet shaken into an absinthe wash glass and it was an absolute treat. 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Because we individually made our way behind the bar to hone in our skills it also meant there was no pressure to neck our lovely drinks and had plenty of time to catch up, try each others creations and capture plenty of boomerangs in-between. 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

In our next round of makes we can safely say our favourite was the Largerita, modelled here by the fabulous Nikki who was extremely happy with her creation. And you've guessed it, a margarita with a corona chucked in for good measure. Not that we didn't enjoy the rest of our cocktails too... 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

We finished the evening off with a round of shots which all went down a little to easy before treating ourselves to a few more rounds. Made by the professionals this time mind, although we did test Danny a little bit by asking he create the cocktail we'd each like the most judging by our previous choices that evening, and he certainly rose to the challenge. 

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

The cocktail class works out at £25 each for a prosecco arrival, two unique cocktails and a shot to finish. Perfect for a hen do, a birthday or ya know just a reason to get dressed up and go for drinks! Fancy having a go? Drop them an email here. 

Our head mixologist Danny was more than a teacher for the evening, providing education and entertainment so I cannot recommend these classes enough. Especially with how chilled out it was, especially for us home birds who are happy to be home by 12 with a pizza!

Kettle Black Sheffield Cocktail Class Review

Thank you for having us Kettle Black. 

*gifted press event from Kettle Black but all words, opinions and hangover are my own



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Slug in Bloom | Gifted

Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

The latest addition to Sheffield City Centre, Slug & Lettuce have launched an exclusive floral cocktail menu inspired by Interflora infusing botanicals with fresh blooms and even fresher flavours. To celebrate the Slug in Bloom menu we were invited down for a cocktail masterclass alongside flower crown making. 

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

We started the event by making the Floral Strawberries & Cream cocktail, a sweet mix of Absolute Strawberry, vanilla syrup and lemonade.  A treat of a cocktail that went down very well whilst the lovelies from Interflora taught us how to make flower crowns. 

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

I’m going to let Interflora keep their flower crown secrets, but it was so relaxing I could have stayed all evening wrapping our flowers and sipping on cocktails. 
Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu


We then went on to have a little cocktail masterclass and competition as the group split into two teams to make the Flor de Catano cocktail. A mix of Bacardi, sugar syrup, grenadine and lime juice garnished with the edible flower Viola. Our team won but it was all just a bit of fun, and the winning jagerbombs added to it! 

Slug and Lettuce Interflora Slug In Bloom Cocktail Menu

Floral flavours are right up my street so of course I wanted the entire Slug in Bloom menu. The Hugo Floral Fizz with gin, elderflower liquor and prosecco or Grapefruit and Rose Smash wouldn't go a miss right now. 

The limited edition cocktails are available until Monday 29th May so enjoy your bank holiday weekend by finding your nearest Slug and Lettuce here.

*gifted press event from Slug & Lettuce & Interflora but all words and opinions are my own
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Pages: Annihilation, Authority & Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

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Last summer before the Netflix film came out I consumed The Southern Reach Triology after seeing Thread Famous post about it. There is so much to this trilogy I want to talk about but it would be impossible to keep it spoiler free so please drop me a message if you read the series, i'd love to know what you think. 

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Annihilation, the first book in the series follows a government agency known as Southern Reach sending countless failed expeditions into an unpredictable ecosystem caused by an unknown event.  This area, known as Area X and has already taken the lives of eleven failed expeditions when we enter the novel, with the latest group of four women about to embark. The group are formed of a surveyor, anthropologist, psychologist and our narrator the biologist. All stripped of their name and focusing purely on their purpose exploring in Area X.

From the first page it is clear that expedition is set up for failure. With poor, outdated equipment, nonsensical data, improper training and vague instructions. Everything comes with a sense of unease. Aside from their team leader they all have no memory of entering Area X and even more worryingly how they could ever leave. This unease sets the tone and as ‘Annihilation’ moves quickly the team desperately search for familiarity but rely more and more on their scientific training when they do not find it. The closer they come to not understanding Area X the more their team dwindle, with no connection to the nameless characters they feel manipulated, just tools for Southern Reach. 

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Between Area X and her thoughts we find out that the biologist husband had been a part of a previous expedition and returned home, but blank eyed and empty of his person. Although this appears to fuel her participation in the expedition to Area X we also find out she was more concerned with the biology of nature and ecosystems than that of her marriage so it becomes harder and harder to see where her drive comes from. 

Where the rest of the expedition focused on the previous base camp the biologist is drawn to the tunnel and then the lighthouse, aware that something is being hidden. The biologist focuses on the changes to environment, the plants and wildlife in this beautiful turn on science fiction. As we learn more about her and her motives everything is becomes almost dreamlike or cloudy, like we cannot 100% trust her. It feels like the landscape of Area X is turning on her, the biologists obsession with the tunnel she finds early on is swept in its biblical words that narrate its walls and this obsession continues to the point where she forces herself to meet its inhabitant.
I feel like I blitzed through ‘Annihilation’ VanderMeer creating this pace with fear and intrigue that meant I was unable to put the book down despite this low-fi feeling to the environment. You keep reading because you want answers but the answers are in the environment itself. 

The biologist pushes on to the lighthouse where she finds the journals from previous exhibitions strewn together, pointless almost. When she finds her husbands journal she decides to follow his journey, hoping to find some remnants of him rather than the shell that came back to her. 


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Authority, the second book in the Southern Reach series sees a focus on the government agency itself. Set immediately after the first book and the twelfth expedition ‘Authority’ sees a new director of the Southern Reach, John Rodriguez who refers to himself as Control. 

The previous director left with the twelfth expedition and Control mundanely takes her place rather than the assistant director Grace. The novel falls into a completely different pace from ‘Annihilation’ but also shows a much more run down, dated and underfunded government complex, completely different to the image we are painted of Southern Reach initially.

Control methodically works through all the data the previous director had collected with a dull narrative, after reading the first book you want to shake him into seeing the matter at hand but that is impossible. VanderMeer slowly works in oddities and incidents that build up tension especially within the voice Control has to report to everyday and to remind of us of the unknown of Area X. 

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As Control works through the previous directors office we are met with a series of unusual things and scenes that almost parallel the biologist from the first book. Each strange and unnerving incident pushing towards Area X’s instability. 


Whereas ‘Annihilation’ took place in a fast paced, vast, evolving state ‘Authority’ feels stifled and claustrophobic in a completely different perspective from the first book and not at all what I was expecting. The more Control reveals about himself it seems the more we learn about Southern Reach, Area X and the Biologist. The Southern Reach series defying genre and a completely new take on science fiction. 

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Acceptance, the third and final book in the trilogy mixes characters from the first two books with new perspectives, time and space. I am going to refrain from mentioning which characters however as it will take some of the beauty from the conclusion to the trilogy. 

VanderMeer is remarkable for creating this alien ecological masterpiece, each unsettling moment building into emotive crashing waves.  ‘Acceptance’ has answers but not all of them, reading the three books one after the other makes it clear why they were all released so close together but individually they are all so different. 

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Pushing to see the other side to this hostile change, the ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy is showing the intelligence of nature through science fiction. The genre does not have to be shiny, robotic and futuristic in the way we imagine it but the unease in alien forms in a natural world with unusual time frames and unique lives.  

Acceptance’ brought a satisfying ending to a remarkable triology, connecting all the threads of the first two books and seamlessly bringing in new characters. It left me thinking and desperately looking for answers in our own world and an almost recognisable present when even those in Area X struggled to. Is there a centralised consciousness? As Area X takes over, human, plant and animal life what is driving this natural intelligence? 

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This series is incredible, tense and a quick read. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get lost in something so close but otherworldly for a while. 

Grab the series here or this beautiful copy here




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American Idiot The Musical | Gifted

Thursday, 28 March 2019

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American Idiot Review Sheffield

Earlier this week I was given the opportunity by the lovely folks at Sheffield Theatres to watch Green Day's 'American Idiot' the musical at the beautiful Lyceum Theatre.

Following the story of three friends 'American Idiot' turns the 'punk rock opera' album of Green Day's 'American Idiot' into a literal one following the Jesus of Suburbia and American youth coming of age in disillusionment during the Iraq War.

White noise on a TV hung above the stage and with one of the cast loitering whilst a loop of George W Bush began before they launched into the title track.


[American Idiot The Musical]

The three friends find themselves going down different paths, leaving for the city, joining the army, and unintentionally getting pregnant. With each of the stories unfolding on stage, it is that of Johnny played by Tom Milner that creates some of the darkest scenes.

'American Idiot' has pushed the boundaries of the musical, bringing the band onto the stage and making them characters within the set to the point that you do not need to be a Green Day fan to appreciate it.

Every song packs punch and I could feel myself trying not to sing! Although there was much less dialogue than most musicals it was easy to follow with the base messages of their music coming through onto the stage.


[American Idiot The Musical]

I felt it was all over so fast! As the friends came back together after very different disheartened and painful experiences the entire cast joined in with guitars to perform 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' with the audience joining in. Just like every Green Day encore.

Green Day touring 'American Idiot' was the first gig I ever went to without a parent so it brings me a lot fond memories! What I just couldn't believe was how long ago that was, my studded belt and pencil eyeliner definitely didn't last that long.

American Idiot Review Sheffield

The musical started in 2009 and now sees itself touring in its 10th anniversary. Just incredible!

'American Idiot' is on in Sheffield until Saturday! There are still tickets available so don't miss out! After that it moves on to Manchester, Birmingham and the rest of the tour!

Have you seen it? What other albums could you see as musicals?


*tickets for American Idiot were gifted but all words and opinions are my own
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Hanami. Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer | Gifted

Sunday, 24 March 2019

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Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

On the first day of Spring I had the pleasure of heading to Wagamama in Leopold Square Sheffield with the talented Shannon for their #hanami event. Hanami, or flower viewing is the Japanese tradition of celebrating the season of the cherry blossoms, known as sakura. 

During this time friends and families come together to eat, drink and celebrate together under the beautiful cherry blossoms to welcome spring in and enjoy the beauty of sakura.  To bring this into their restaurants Wagamama have introduced beautiful cherry blossoms onto their placemats and have even installed cherry blossoms into some of their venues. 

Wagamama have also teamed up with lastminute.com and Asahi Super Dry to give one winner the chance to be able to go to Tokyo next year to celebrate Hanami! All you have do to enter is share your Hanami experience on instagram next time you eat in Wagamama using #hanami and tagging @wagamama_uk and @asahisuperdry. How incredible is that! 

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth Menu

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth Menu

To celebrate Hanami we were invited to Wagamama to try their karakuchi pairing menu alongside Asahi Super Dry beer. 

In Japan complex concepts can be expressed in a single word and karakuchi is one of these. 

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth Beer

After we all settled in with an Asahi Super Dry we were then given a brief history Asahi,  the brewing process, it's taste and how we can find the meaning of karakuchi in a sip of Asahi, a super dry taste.

Inspired by the dry or karakuchi taste of sake, Asahi Super Dry pairs perfectly with the dry spice of the dishes on the Wagamama menu. So I couldn't wait to try it alongside some of my favourites, edamame with chilli garlic salt and bang bang cauliflower!

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

Asahi Super Dry brought an entirely new concept of beer to Japan and is credited as the first beer to perfectly pair with delicate flavour palate of Japanese food. So as part of this pairing menu with Wagamama, Asahi cuts through the spicier dishes with a crisp, dry and clean taste or complements the more subtle flavours.

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth Edamame

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth Cauliflower

Where a heavier beer would have imparted on the taste Asahi worked like a palate cleanser, meaning I didn't have to relent to the firecracker sauce on the bang bang cauliflower! It's dry, crisp flavour and quick clean taste working a treat.

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

After we enjoyed the sides we had an incredible break in the menu by learning how to create this amazing origami with the talented Coco

Usually anything with super glue means I am going to be covered but I actually managed not make a mess and really enjoyed the process. Coco was a superb teacher and we all picked it up pretty quickly. Creating our own little pocket of spring to bring home and continue to celebrate hanami! 

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

We then moved onto the mains which were split on the Karakuchi menu to allow Asahi Super Dry to either cut through or complement the dish. On the 'to cut through' section the vegetarian option was kare burosu ramen so I went straight for that! 

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

The kare burosu ramen had this beautiful silken tofu coated in shichimi, a Japanese spice blend made up of red chilli, sansho, roasted orange peel, black sesame seed, white sesame seed, hemp seed, ginger, nori and poppy seed! And I am glad I had the Asahi Super Dry to cut through that kick.

Along with the tofu, mixed mushrooms, pea shoots and carrot sat on a bed of chunky udon noodles in a curried vegetable broth and now my belly is rumbling writing about it.

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

The Karakuchi pairing menu is such a fab idea from Wagamama and Asahi and a fantastic way to try different dishes or see their flavours develop in different ways. I loved our evening and it was so insightful to see the ideas behind a menu and how Asahi Super Dry changed that. So now I'll be thinking of bang bang cauliflower until I have it again! 

Karakuchi Pairing Menu with Wagamama & Asahi Beer on Typewriter Teeth

Let me know if you try the Karakuchi pairing menu, i'd love to know what you think. But for now, cheers or kanpai to Hanami! 

*meal and drinks were gifted from Wagamama but all words and opinions are my own



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Brewtown Yorkshire Gin Tours | Gifted

Monday, 18 February 2019

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Earlier this month on a pretty dreary Tuesday I grabbed a train from Sheffield to York to meet up with Mark from Brewtown Tours, Sophie from Blog Up North who arranged the event, Sarah from SunshineSarahXO and whole host of other strangers for a lovely little gincident!

Although I had previously met Mark at Beer X (a craft brewing trade show) and a visit to Thornbridge Brewery every one else is just like most of my life, talking to strangers about similar passions and eventually meeting them at events!

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Cooper King Brewtown bus

As an avid beer lover Mark set up Brewtown Tours upon returning to Yorkshire after sixteen years abroad and seeing the incredible increase in microbreweries and the wide range of styles they were producing. BrewTown Tours gave people the chance to experience Yorkshires best kept beer secrets, enjoying, supporting and sampling from working breweries with insight from the people making the beer themselves.

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With the ever increasing popularity of the beer tours and continuous interest in a gin tour Brewtown Tours created another answer to THE perfect booze knowledge filled day. All whilst enjoying the products and the wit, knowledge and accessibility of your very own designated driver! Each tour consists of a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 8 (if you need more just ask Mark for a quote) so you know you are getting a true hands on experience!

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The first stop on the tour was to Cooper King, to visit the lovely Chris and Abbie and England’s only self built whisky and gin distillery. Chris greeted us and took us through their story, whilst travelling in Australia and Tasmania in 2014 Abbie and Chris ended up researching eight operational whisky distilleries in Tasmania for a friends whisky blog and here they found their inspiration and passion for hand crafted whisky and made it their mission to bring that enthusiasm back to England.

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In 2016 they founded Cooper King Distillery, using their Founders’ Club to raise funds and interest for the distillery whilst sourcing the finest local ingredients and established craftsmen to self build their distillery from an old stable.

During our visit it was clear that Cooper King were closer than ever to distilling their first whisky so although we were there for gin it was so interesting to hear about the process! 

As equally interesting was their unique approach behind Cooper King Dry Gin. All hand distilled, bottled and labeled at their distillery using a state of the art vacuum distillation process Cooper King have created a distinct Dry Gin using locally grown lavender, beautiful lemongrass and honey from their family beehives.

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Cooper King

After a tour of the distillery we went back into their beautiful tasting room to sample their Dry Gin neat for an exceptionally smooth gin with floral notes that weren’t too sweet, thanks to the lemongrass. We then added a little tonic and some fresh rosemary as a garnish to enjoy the rest of our sample.
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Chris was then kind enough to let us sample their limited-edition gin made in collaboration with Skosh a Michelin awarded restaurant. The Smoked + Spiced Dry Gin balanced perfect flavours across the palate using black cardamom, Szechuan peppercorn and nori for full bodied flavour with a kick. And we were lucky enough to try it!

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Cooper King

As if they could make their Dry Gin any better, Cooper King try to be as sustainable as possible so for every bottle of gin sold one square metre of woodland is planted through their Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust partnership. They also constantly look at ways to reduce waste and it was so interesting to hear about all the inventive ways Abbie and Chris are reducing, reusing and recycling.

 Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Cooper King

Just before we left Chris also explained the history of the Cooper King name, showing us his family history and crest which his great-great-grand father painstakingly researched including the Cooper King shield and how it made its way into their logo. It was so interesting to hear all the history behind the name and brought a perfect connection to the distillery itself. Find out more here or even better book on the tour and hear it all for yourself.

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Cooper King Distillery was the perfect way to start the gin tour, settling into an late morning tipple in a beautiful setting before moving onto the second stop.

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Our next stop was Rare Bird, based in Malton, run by Matt Stewart who after retiring as a firefighter took a shine to making Gin. We entered their stunning distillery, gin school and shop in the North Yorkshire market town with picturesque views and a beautiful interior, i'd have happily drunk their gin with that view all day!

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Rare Bird Distillery

Matt and his wife Elizabeth dedicated a lot of time to refining their signature London Dry Gin made in their 300-litre copper still ‘Florence’ who takes centre stage in their distillery. Using the finest botanicals including green pepper, juniper, hibiscus, rosemary and citrus for a smooth dry gin Rare Bird London Dry pairs perfectly with blood orange or pink grapefruit with a simple tonic.

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Rare Bird Distillery

Their second gin, a Rhubarb and Ginger Gin was a complete revelation! Rare Bird did not give into the sweet liqueur trend that has swept the UK. By adding no sugar throughout the process their Rhubarb and Ginger Gin has a strong powerful flavour, keeping the tartness of the rhubarb with warming notes from the ginger. Matt recommended a slice of orange and a mediterranean tonic as the perfect serve for this one. You could have left me on the beautiful chesterfield sofas in the Rare Bird distillery, this gin in hand, the Malton view and a book and I’d be in heaven.

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Rare Bird Distillery

If this isn’t enough, Rare Bird also run a gin school where you can distill your own 70cl gin to take home and even reorder! With an incredible and unusual stock of botanicals I can imagine some very unique gins leave their distillery from these gin schools. This is not part of the Brewtown tour but can be added if you enquire ahead of time.

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Rare Bird Distillery

The end of our tour at Rare Bird fell perfectly into lunch time and it’s perfect location in Talbot Yard meant I could get beaut veggie pastries alongside an array of independent bakers, patisserie, coffee roaster and ice cream parlour.

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Our final distillery of the day was Hooting Owl Distillery at Barmby Moor House. Our host Dom exceeded his hosting skills with incredible anecdotes, hospitality and generous measures!

With six gins in their roster Hooting Owl brought a complete profile to this distillery. From their Signature Gin, Veterans Gin and their Tour de Yorkshire range exploring Yorkshire’s incredible diversity!

Hooting Owl’s Signature Gin brought together sixteen botanicals including grapefruit and cubeb pepper for a smooth gin with a rich aroma with it’s much stronger brother the Veterans Gin at 48% bringing a much more robust flavour to the table. We sampled each gin neat before adding tonic and the taste difference was unbelievable and really showed what difference the ABV made to the flavour.

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Dom then took us through their Yorkshire range, where Hooting Owl Distilleries character really shone through. Each gin used botanicals based on the characteristics of the area and mirrored what a diverse county Yorkshire is.

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Their North Yorkshire Gin was inspired by the North Yorkshire Moors, using heather and bilberries harvested between Thirsk and Whitby for a smooth and slightly fruity gin wildly different in comparison with their West Yorkshire Gin. Inspired by Bradford and incorporating spiced cardamom, turmeric and cumin sweetened with cassia bark and liquorice. Before we added tonic (or in the West Yorkshire case ginger ale) to our neat sample of the West Yorkshire Gin we added star anise which completely changed the gin again. Part of the day that really showed the uniqueness of each gin was the ability for a small garnish to completely change the flavour profile and bring another level to the gin.
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We then tried their East Yorkshire Gin which incorporated kelp, lavender, sage, honey and hawthorne berries to echo the Yorkshire coastline. With this gin the botanicals really hit the nose before you even try the gin for a maritime hit with the lavender, honey and hawthorne berries sweetening the kick from the kelp. The final gin we tried was Hooting Owl’s South Yorkshire Gin inspired by the Barnsley Chop for a herby gin infused with mint and rosemary. Finishing with a refreshingly savoury and bitter orange note.

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Dom's passion to share not only Hooting Owl’s wide range of gins but also their ever developing distillery was incredibly interesting. There has been the story behind each gin and their flavours that has really made this gin tour stand out. These are real people putting passion into a product they love, and it is through this tour that Mark has brought them all together and given the public a chance to see a side of gin that you can never get in a bar or a single distillery tour.

Brewtown Gin Tour TypeWriterTeeth Blog Hooting Owl Distillery

One thing I do think i've missed in this post is the fun we had, I don't think I stopped laughing from the moment we met Mark at 10am till our final pint before getting on the train at the end of the day. Mark has managed to create a knowledgeable experience day in a relaxed, stress free environment and I met some talented, lovely and insightful people in the process.

If you're passionate about gin and fancy doing something a little different I highly recommend one of Mark’s tours. Be it a present for a partner, a day out, corporate day or an event like a hen or stag party it really will be something to remember and something completely different to any gin distillery tour you could do anywhere else!

Mark seriously knows his stuff, and the distilleries you get to visit reflect that. Passion shone through each distillery and shows you just how different gin can be. From the differences in the distilling process to choosing flavour profiles and serves. But what they do have in common is the passion and enthusiasm for creating the best gin possible with the finest ingredients whilst supporting Yorkshire independent businesses.

The Brewtown Gin Tour is just £80 per person including transport for the day from York Station, three guided gin distillery tours and gin sampling. BARGAIN. Find out more here.

This gin tour was kindly gifted from Brewtown Tours in return for honest feedback so all thoughts and opinions are my own. But I bloody loved it!
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