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I was lucky enough to go along to The Botanist Leeds on Thursday night to join in with their largest gin tasting over multiple venues Guinness World Record attempt. The attempt saw The Botanist, Leeds teaming up with their 8 other bars all over the country to hold the event.
As it is such a large event the bar section of The Botanist Leeds is exclusively for the gin tasting Guinness World Record attempt.
The Botanist Leeds cocktails
The Botanist Leeds has an enormous cocktail menu and everything sounds so good. In preparation for all the gin drinking we have a Cherry and Sage Sling and a Raspberry Mojito. Both are gorgeous and I can see myself spending a Saturday night here with my friends drinking them.
The Botanist Leeds gin tasting Guinness World Record attempt
Once everyone is inside and ready, we all have a tray of gin samples and the countdown begins.
First up is a talk on the history of gin, which is really quite interesting. Although I’ll have an occasional gin and tonic, I’m not a gin connoisseur and don’t know much at all about its history or the different kinds. Then the gin tasting Guinness World record begins. The three premium gins for tasting are Tanqueray No 10, Caorunn and Whitley Neill. I will be honest and say I can’t taste much difference between them but, I’m not a regular gin drinker.
Once the talk and tasting has finished it was time for the gin party! Live music with the gin and tonics flowing. It’s great 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 🙂 .
The Botanist Leeds final thoughts
Breaking the gin tasting Guinness World Record at The Botanist Leeds was a lot of fun. My only complaint is that working at 7.30 the next morning was SO hard.
You can find all The Botanist venues here and I definitely recommend visiting your local venue.
*The gin tasting and gin and tonics were free at The Botanist Leeds event however this has not affected my opinion of the night or the venue.