The Scottish Invasion at London Cocktail Week
London Cocktail week ran from 5th – 11th October and I was invited along by the #ScottishInvasion to attend one of their events. The event that I attended was one of their masterclasses – ‘History of Scottish Drinks in 90 minutes’, described in their guide as Horrible Histories meets Top Gear, but for booze.
My friend and I arrived at the venue, Mussel Men in Dalston. This is pretty, boutique bar and restaurant. I really liked the ambience and décor. Had I been there for dinner, I’m sure I would have enjoyed tucking into a steaming bowl of delicious seafood. Instead we sampled a cocktail from the special cocktail week menu. Yummy!
Anyway I digress. The evening was hosted by a lovely chap called Victor who was extremely knowledgeable about the spirits we were tasting and knew a lot about the story behind the drinks.
There were other special guests there, including Caroline one of the founders of Ogilvy Vodka and Abhi, the distiller of the vodka. I must say that the Ogilvy Vodka was particularly delicious and probably the drink highlight of the night. It’s made from Maris Piper potatoes and has a real nutty flavour.
We also sampled a number of gins. There was the fabulously designed bottle of Rock Rose Gin, which is described as zesty but berryful. The flavour comes from using two different types of juniper berries. Berries from Bulgaria and also berries from Italy. Eden Mill Gin which is a handmade artisan spirit made in St Andrews. Edinburgh Gin which was described as being made for tonic. We were fortunate to have Daryl, the managing director of Peter Spanton Beverages there who provided some pretty tasty mixers, so we were able to try this bold claim and I can say it didn’t disappoint. The gin, mixed with one of the Peter Spanton tonics was very tasty indeed.
We also sampled a number of whiskies. I myself am not much of a whisky fan, but it was really interesting to try the different blends and sample the variations between the different brands. We tried Bowmore single malt scotch whisky, Wemyss Peat Chimney and Aberfeldy Whisky. All very different in flavour and goes to prove there’s a whisky for all tastes.
All in all, a really interesting and fun night. I learnt a lot about the different Scottish drinks and spoke to some fabulous and passionate people. I left feeling warm and fuzzy, and not just from the samples of sprits. Thumbs up from me!
Disclosure: My friend and I were gifted tickets for this event but my opinions, as always, are my own.
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