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Last Wednesday night I went along to Ginanigans at The Botanist, Trinity Leeds, a charity event to raise money for the Tim Bacon Foundation. The Botanist is one of my favourite bars in Leeds so the invitation was perfect for me and I love that it was to raise funds for such a good cause. Ginanigans is a gin tasting and gin masterclass event with gin themed games in their “potting shed” garden.
No trip to The Botanist would be the same without one of their gorgeous cocktails so me and my friend started our night off with one of those. I chose a Raspberry Mojito, which was gorgeous and my friend had a Blackberry and Rosemary Fizz which was also nice but the rosemary was quite strange!
There were 7 brands there for the tasting and masterclasses, Masons, Forest, Chase, Poetic License, Whitley Neill, Burgleighs and Sipsmith. I love all of these brands gins but have decided to share my favourites of the night here today.
Ginanigans at The Botanist, Trinity Leeds – Poetic License
One of my favourite gins of the night was Poetic License Fireside Gin. This is an incredibly unusual mulled winter fruit and juniper gin that is really warming and delicious. Poetic License is a new to me brand but I will definitely be looking to buy a bottle of this.
Ginanigans at The Botanist, Trinity Leeds – Whitley Neill
Whitley Neill is a brand I know very well so I was really happy to see them at the event! As well as their London Dry Gin they also had Elderflower Gin. The Elderflower Gin is gorgeous, definitely something I could happily drink all night. This was definitely my favourite drink of the night. I often use elderflower tonic in my gin so having the gin flavoured with it will be much better.
Ginanigans at The Botanist, Trinity Leeds – Chase
Chase was another new to me brand and they had brought a selection of vodka to taste. Vodka isn’t a drink I would usually chose on a night out but I really enjoyed these. They had elderflower, marmalade and lemon marmalade. All three are really nice and taste exactly as they are described. I especially liked the marmalade vodka, it would be lovely and fruity and refreshing on a summer night out.
Both my and my friend loved Ginanigans at The Botanist, Trinity Leeds it was a great event for a worthy cause. I really enjoyed meeting all the brands there and tasting all the different drinks. I’m sure we will be paying another visit to The Botanist again soon…although maybe not on a school night this time!