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I was lucky enough to be invited to The Botanist in Leeds on Thursday night to join in with their largest gin tasting over multiple venues Guinness World Record attempt. Leeds teamed up with their 8 other bars to hold the event.
We got there just before they closed the bar off 5.30 to get everything set up for the event and they opened it back up around 6 to start checking everyone in.
We decided to have a drink from the cocktail menu whilst we waited for the event to start, a Cherry and Sage Sling and a Raspberry mojito. Both were gorgeous and I can see myself spending a Saturday night here with my friends drinking them.
Once everyone was checked in and inside, we all had a tray of gin samples and the countdown began!
We had a talk on the history of gin, which was really quite interesting (although I’ll have an occasional gin and tonic I’m not a gin connoisseur and didn’t know much at all about its history or the different kinds) and then the tasting began. The three premium gins we tasted were Tanqueray No 10, Caorunn and Whitley Neill. I will be honest and say I couldn’t taste much difference between them but like I said I’m not a regular gin drinker.
Once the talk and tasting had finished it was time for the gin party! Live music and lots more gin and tonics were supplied. We had a great time listening to the music and talking to the other tasters about both the event and gin.
Unfortunately we had to leave before the end of the event so we didn’t know if the record had been broken until an email from The Botanist on Friday morning which confirmed that we did it! 796 people took part over the 9 venues and we’re all now Guinness World Record holders 🙂
We had a brilliant night at The Botanist and it was fun doing something different like this. My only complaint is that it was on a Thursday night, work was SO hard at 7.30 the next morning!
You can find all The Botanist venues here and I’d definitely recommend the Leeds venue.
*The gin tasting and gin and tonics were free at the event however this has not affected my opinion of the night or the venue.