The Boutique Bar Show is the perfect place for people like us to get to meet new brands, renew interest in old, and meet new friends. It’s also a great way for brands to show off to a new audience – bartenders, managers, reviewers, distributors and marketers like us, get to see what’s new, what’s interesting and who we might like to work with.
This year was no exception. Taking place in a new venue, The Great Northern Warehouse, the show offered workshops, a cocktail competition and lots and lots of new flavours to sample.
As our name would suggest, gin was high on the agenda.
We were thrilled to see our old friend Burleigh’s Gin, from master distiller Jamie Baxter, all the way from the fields of Leicestershire, and the fabulously spicy Batch Gin, locally distilled in Burnley in Lancashire.
And we must admit to being incredibly thrilled to meet the chap behind Death’s Door Gin, Brian Ellison. He kindly shared his new spirits, with us, including a never before seen peppermint schnapps, called Wondermint. Beautiful with a truffle from In Truffle We Trust.
East London Liquor Company wowed us with their range of spirits – from delicious gins….
…. to rye, rum and whisky and even a stunning range of bitters. These chaps have a vision and passion for spirits that we share, we can’t wait to work with them in the future.
And we couldn’t resist the quirkiness of Eccentric Gin, all the way from Wales. Unusual botanicals, barrel ageing, they’re pushing gin boundaries, something that gets us rather excited.
And Costwold Distillery brought their gin up north again, a firm favourite in the office, we’re currently plotting a trip down to visit them and Burleigh’s gin, so we can have a real geek out at their set up. We do love a good still.
If you have gin, you must have tonic.
And our star of the show was BTW tonic water – light, soft, it bears little relation to modern commercial tonic waters, being made to an original recipe it has an almost tea-like bitterness that as MD Charlie discovered, lends itself to a big variety of gins. On the day, we sampled it with the lovely Half Hitch Gin, another new one to us, and one we were thrilled to sample. It brings new meaning to a G&T.
From Wemyss Malts, to Compass Box, lots of new rums, tequilas, piscos, botanical garnishes, and the incredible Blossom Syrup, once again Boutique Bar Show is proving worth it’s weight in gold.
We can’t wait for next year.