Published on August 31st, 2014 | by Gavin


Gin and Terrace, Waterloo

The summer promised so much; Junipalooza in June opened up my eyes to a world new world of gin, soaring temperatures in July had me in G&T heaven, and August was meant to be the curtain closer for my summer of gin experience.  But alas, the weather did not want to play ball; so my Gin & Terrace masterclass experience in the Park Plaza County Hall hotel in Westminster had to be turned into a Gin & cosy bar experience.  Nevertheless though, it turned out to be an enjoyable experience.

Park Plaza County Hall is situated on the south side of Westminster Bridge and we go up to the second floor where today’s masterclass is held.  The Gin and Terrace classes have been held throughout July and August with the likes of Blackwood’s and King of Soho hosting, and today it is the turn of No. 209 gin.

Gin and Terrace

No. 209 is an ultra-premium gin from San Francisco that flaunts the fact that it sources the best botanicals from around the planet; including juniper from Italy, cardamom from Guatemala, and coriander from Romania.  To showcase its quality, we are initially given a shot of neat gin; a hell of a way to start a masterclass!  I would never ordinarily consider sipping gin in such a fashion; however No. 209 is surprisingly clean with heaps of citrus on the tongue.

As we happily sniff and taste our way through No. 209, the brand ambassadors go through the history of the juniper spirit from creation by the Dutch in the 17th Century, to the development of column stills in the 19th Century in England.  No. 209 was set up by the Rudd family who were frustrated by the lack of boutique gins available on the market.  The gin is four times distilled and the strong citrus notes make it great for a Negroni, which is the first cocktail in the class, before we move on to a gin sour, and finally the classic G&T.  By the end, we have well and truly had our fill!

No 209 Negroni

The Gin & Terrace concept was originally set up to celebrate the summer, however the weather thoroughly put an end to that idea.  However, if you have a keen interest in gin and learning how to create some of the most popular cocktails around, then book onto the next class.

For more information on No. 209 gin, visit https://distillery209.com/

The next Gin and Terrace masterclass takes place on 3rd September and will be hosted by Broker’s gin.  To book onto the next class and for more information visit http://www.parkplaza.com/offers/8470312/

Park Plaza County Hall, 1 Addington St, SE1 7RY

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.

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