I have been following The London Gin Club’s blog and Facebook page for a while now so I was very excited to go and try some of their over 130 gins. Since me and my friends had not realised that one needed (because of the popularity of the place) to book a table on the first night we only had one drink a head and ended up going there again the next week in order to have more time and try out the Club’s tasting menus.
Since the Gin Club’s selection of gins truly includes over 130 gins, you might wonder how does one choose which gin one wants to try first. In order to help with this dilemma the people at the Club have come up with this genius flavour spectrum pictured below. With the help of the spectrum the very friendly, helpful and skilled staff help you to choose the right gin for you. Obviously not all the gins available are listed in the spectrum but it’s a start.
I decided I wanted to try out something from the citrus category which is the one on the bottom. Since I wanted to have something that is not available in Finland, our waiter recommended I try out a gin called Citadelle. One person in our group tried out the 7 Dials gin which is the Gin Club’s own gin. We were all very happy with out drinks and the Citadelle was a good refreshing choice for a hot summer day.
When we went back the following week we tried out some of their tasting menus. The Club has two menus (nros 1 & 2) with four gins that change every month, a blind tasting menu with four gins that change every week, a menu with four over proof gins, and an eight gin flavour spectrum menu. Two in our group went with number one, two with number two (including me), and one was adventurous enough to have a go at the blind menu.
As you can see from the picture above, the different gins arrived in small numbered bottles together with their garnishes. In addition you get a small menu with all the gins you are about to taste, two small bottles of tonic water and a glass filled with ice for each gin.
Out of the gins that I tasted (Blackwood with fig and mint, Origin Single Juniper Distillate with lime peel, Perry’s Tot with blueberry and rose, and Colombian Treasure with orange peel) I thought the Origin Single Juniper Distillate was the most interesting because, as the name suggest, it only has one botanical, juniper, which it makes it very no-nonsense and dry gin. The Colombian Treasure, on the other hand, is after distillation placed in barrels used for ageing rum which gives it a very strong rum taste (which is obviously great if you like rum, however I’m not that big of a fan).
In the end I actually preferred more the gins on menu number one (Colonel Fox’s London Dry with lemon and rasberry, Sacred Coriander with lime, Herno with pink peppercorn and lemon peel, and Spirit Works with olive and thyme). Especially the Herno became really delicious after you let it sit for a while with the garnishes.
All in all we were happy with our tasting experiences, although what we were missing is that the menu cards could have included a little more information about the gins, such as which botanicals were used in them or where they would fall on the flavour spectrum.
The London Gin Club, The London GIn Club (at The Star at Night), 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, London, W1F 8FR, thelondonginclub.com