EVENTS | Gin Tasting @ Impossible Manchester

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Last week I went to a Gin Tasting blogger event at Impossible on Peter Street in Manchester. If you're of a certain age you will remember the venue as Bar 38, you may also notice a few subtle differences. 

I can also confirm my feet did not stick to the floor once. Our event was in the Gin loft and this felt like a very special place and I believe a lot, if not all the booths are booked until the end of the year. 
 

I loved looking down on the main bar area, I would like to have had a closer look at the decor but you know. Gin.


The Gin loft has a hunting lodge, ski lodge vibe and I loved the aesthetic however it was quite warm, but it made me think that it would be lovely to visit around the time the Xmas markets are on, it would be all warm and cosy.


I could see myself and my friends in a booth, sampling a gin or two each and I wonder if one of these lights would fit in my handbag! 


As well as booths there are also opening seating and a little nook behind the fireplace and they have used the shape of the building to their advantage to create this space. If you're not familiar with it, I've added a snippet from google maps



Before I talk about the gins themselves, I need to apologise for the photo quality. I'd forgotten my camera and used my phone. I was a little bit giddy and didn't check any of the photos while I was there and now I think I should have! but hey GIN!



I'm also wishing I'd taken lead from another blogger who took some notes as while I know the gins we tried, I'm not 100% sure which tonics went with each one. I do know a couple of them. I will try and remember to contact the organisers and see if I can confirm which tonic went with each one.



The tasting consisted of 4 gins and tonics to compliment them, the bartenders also gave us some history of gin in general and about each gin, it was a good and informative but sadly I was near the back and struggled to hear some of it so I won't try and re-tell what they told us. 


Our first gin was Beefeater 24, on the first sniff before any tonic was added it smelt like an aeroplane, this sounds silly. But I was transported to the inside of a 747. A slice of pink grapefruit was added and I think this was served with Double Dutch Tonic. Initially, I wasn't a huge fan of this. It had a little bit too much of a punch for my liking. I would be happy to have a single glass of this but I wouldn't want to own a full bottle. 


Our second gin was one I have wanted to try for a while and my friend who came with me has said this is one of her favourites. Monkey 47, this is a German gin and made in small batches. 

We had a slice of pink grapefruit and a small piece of lime peel in the glass and was served with Inca 1724 tonic. There are not enough heart eye emoji's to describe how much I liked this one. It is very smooth and light. It has a range of Blackforrest botanicals in its makeup and I think this might be the nicest gin I've tried to date. 


Thirdly we tried King of Soho with Double Dutch Pomegranate and Basil Tonic. I really liked this on the first few sips but my friends weren't too sure. Speaking to one of our bartenders, he said it might be the tonic and we tried a little bit of the tonic on it's own and it was very overwhelming. I described it as tasting like soup. Once I went back to my drink, I didn't like it anymore and I didn't manage to drink more than half the glass.

We have been talking about this gin at work and I'm not writing it off as one never to have again, I think I need to try it with a tonic that is more to my taste.


Our last gin of the evening was Whitley Neill rhubarb and ginger served with a slice of ginger and Fever Tree Tonic. This was very sweet, it also smelt and tasted just like Rhubarb and Custard sweets. It was very drinkable and it's a very fun drink. It provided us with lots of giggles, trying to remember the words to the Rhubarb and Custard cartoon theme song. 

My overall winner (not that it was a competition) was the Money 47. I am considering buying a bottle of this to have at home but I'm also trying to expand my gin horizons and there are a lot of gins out there. Impossible have 73  behind the bar and I may have started a list of gins I want to try. 


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