Juniper Gin Festival at Glasgow’s SWG3

First of all, a massive thank you to Tipple Box for the tickets to this event!
Having visited the Juniper Gin Festival in Edinburgh this summer, I was sooooo excited to hear thaat it was coming to Glasgow. The event was held in SWG3 in Glasgow’s West End & hosted stalls of 20 different gin producers, some tasty treats & a very cute crafty stall. The day also included various talks about the gins. 
We managed to catch the Arbikie Gin talk in which we learned a great deal about gin production in Scotland from the juniper berries to the distillation.  This talk also included more samples of gin, just incase we weren’t already drunk enough!
I was particularly impressed with the quality of food from Barnacles and Bones at the festival. The crab fries were incredible & probably did a good job of keeping me sober-ish for most of the event!
At the last gin festival, we saw the very cute & creative tea cup glasses from MuMu Kitsch. I fell in love with them instantly & the lovely owner remembered us from last time. 
We bought a pair of the glasses & she was nice enough to give us a little discount since it was our anniversary of meeting & Jordan told her the daft story of how he realised how beautiful I was after seeing a picture of me with a Hendrick’s teacup!

But these cups are absolutely beautiful & surprisingly sturdy as she uses a special resin to bond the glass to the china. I would definitely recommend these if you’re looking for something cute to drink your gin from or even for your tea!

But now onto the gin!!! I tried far too many write about them all so I’ve decided to mention some of the best! After a lot of gin & a lot of narrowing down, I think I’ve come to a decision about my personal favourites from the night. The quality of gin was to a high standard & I can honestly say that there wasn’t one that I wouldn’t be happy to try again.

My personal favourite from the event was Sipsmith Gin. Their London dry gin was really smooth & you could taste the juniper berries & coriander through it. They had a very lovely Sloe Gin to match as well. It was interesting to learn that Sipsmith have been the first to use copper distillery in London for almost 200 years. 

I also really enjoyed McQueen Gin ran by husband and wife Dale & Vicky. The gorgeous hand crafted bottles & the smokey chilli gin drew me to their stall. I was impressed to hear that within the short space of time they have been operating (3 months) that they have won awards for being one of the top 10 gins in Scotland. But it is easy to see why as they are both passionate about gin & have produced some amazing flavours.

Another favourite of mine was Daffy’s Gin. The image of ‘Daffy’ (the owners wife) is intriguing enough to draw you to trying this gin. (I’ll admit, I have tried this in bars because it has a pretty lady on the bottle!). The same artist used for the James Bond artwork was used so I think Daffy’s should be your go to gin for a martini! This gin was perfectly complimented with mint & lime.

A gin that has been voted best in the UK, Pickering’s Gin also stood out me. This gin was spicy with hints of cinnamon. They have tours of the distillery in Summerhall in Edinburgh, so I will definitely be checking that out in the near future!

Hoxton Gin (The gin-a-colada was an amazing refresher amongst all the shots of gin!)

Caorunn Gin (Apple slices in gin is surprisingly good!)

Shetland Reel  – The seasalt gin was one of my favourites of the night. Will definitely be looking out for that again!

Overall this event was informative, fun & a great way to hear about different kinds of gin UK wide & across the world. The event was packed with gin lovers & each stall brought something different. Juniper Gin Festivals have really delivered on bringing together a wide range of gin distillers to provide variety & something special to those who already love gin & to those who want to learn  more! The only negative thing I can say about this event is… Why did everyone talk about martinis when no one was serving them!?!?!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my experience of  the Glasgow gin festival, let me know if you were there or if there’s gin not mentioned that I should be looking out for!
Fionn
xox

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