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Gin School

Following the success of our Gin Masterclasses in October during London Cocktail Week we launch ‘Gin School’ at Charlotte’s Bistro this month starting with our old mates Sipsmith from just down the road on remember, remember…. the 5th of November!

Every Monday night, kicking off at 6.30pm, a different producer will be with us to talk you through their gin and give a tasting. The events are free to attend and there are complimentary drinks – no catches! Please feel free to arrive as early as you like and grab those prized seats round the bar….

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Sipsmith Gin really is something special. The gin is made in small batches by hand with the help of ‘Prudence,’ which is the first copper still to launch in London for nearly 200 years.
The name ‘sip-smiths’ celebrates the craft of distillation and the artisanal methods used to produce the spirit. 10 carefully selected botanicals from around the world are used: Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French Angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian Orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Seville orange peel and Spanish lemon peel.

From potatoes to crisps to Vodka and Gin, William Chase’s story is an interesting one. Starting out as a potato farmer, William decided it was time to change direction and wanted a product that gave him customer feedback – Tyrells Chips were born. On a trip to the USA William decided, having seen a small distillery making Vodka from potatoes, that Vodka would be his new project. It is a relatively unknown fact that gin is made from vodka. So, unlike other gins, Chase gin is truly single estate from field to bottle.Chase press their organically grown cider apples, ferment them into cider, then distill into vodka then re-distill this into gin by infusing eleven carefully selected wild botanicals and naturally pure water taken from an aquifer that runs underneath their orchards. The result is a full bodied, sharp, yet fruity gin with true provenance.

Little Bird London Dry Gin is inspired by the glamour of the 1940s. When Vargas girls decorated the planes that brought our boys safely home, cockney sparrows flew wild in London and Gin became elegant and sophisticated. On every bottle, Little Bird’s girl ‘Ginger’ is there to bring good luck. She is playful, provocative, refined and her signature scent of light citrus compliments the other botanicals in this genuine small batch gin. Lovingly distilled in small batches in Peckham from 100% grain spirit, Little Bird Gin uses unique botanicals including grapefruit, ginger and citrus peels.

An extraordinary gin, produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. Made using the traditional method of Cold Compounding (or in layman’s terms – infusing). Very high quality copper pot-still spirit is infused with ingredients including Juniper, Orange Peel, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cloves and Cardamom. This gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling. The result is an extraordinary gin, lightly tinted by the botanicals, with a both bold and perfumed flavour.