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DISCOVER - TASTE- LEARN

Go on a tasting tour with some of the best and newest brands in the show.  Discover new products, find out what inspired them and meet the makers behind them.

We will also be teaming up with WSET to give you an opportunity hear from their experts.

Places are FREE and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Thursday 22nd November

11:15 – Taste Like A Pro. Liam Scandrett, WSET

A blind cross category tasting to understand the scales, techniques and descriptors of the WSET Systematic Approach – a great chance to strengthen your nosing and tasting skills, and learn how professional tasters look beyond the label and use their senses to understand the spirit in the glass.

11:45  – Modify this! Gareth Franklin, Luxardo Global Ambassador

Liqueurs- always at the bottom of every drinks list if even listed at all. They play second fiddle to spirits in cocktails and are placed in a box labelled modifiers.

This certainly was not the intent of the creators of classic liqueurs. Why do we do this? Is it the sugar? Is it the overwhelming, almost limitless number of flavours? Have we been brainwashed through our education?

Join Luxardo Global Ambassador G Franklin and take a journey through the history of flavouring alcohol, explore the different methods and try to identify why liqueurs are treated this way.

We look at the rise in aperitivo and low abv drinks, see what the future holds for the category and hopefully modify attitudes, theory and use of liqueurs.

12:30 – The importance of a fine absinthe cocktail at every bar. George Rowley, La Fee Absinthe

Absinthe pioneer George Rowley will host a short Masterclass on why you should be stocking a quality Absinthe on your bar. Whilst giving you a brief history of the return of Absinthe (specifically La Fee) to the UK market, George will create 3 signature serves that every bar should have. A] La Fée New Orleans B] La Fée Sazerac C] French Mojito. Learn about how to make these fantastic cocktails and the versatility of the products ranging from premium Parisienne to low ABV Envy Absinthe.

13:15 – Richard Maxted, Salcombe Gin – The Brand

Salcombe Gin- the story, how gin is made and the distillation process. Learn how to creat the perfect Salcombe & Tonic and find out about Salcombe’s collaborations with Michael Caines MBE and Mark Hix MBE

The audiences knowledge with be tested along the way with Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ miniatures to be won too!

14:00 – Introduction to Warner Edwards, Emma Moran

Come and taste some of the Warner Edwards range with Emma Moran, listen about how a husband & wife team created a globally award winning spirit. Our gins are crafted with nature: water from our spring, home-grown botanicals, fresh honey from our bees. We re-sow, replant, give back to nature. Real craft means graft. When it’s time to distil, we question, experiment and invent epic gins, including some never imagined before. We do it in small batches in our gorgeous bespoke copper stills, Curiosity and Satisfaction. So, come and raise a glass with us: to craft, to the land, to laughter and loved ones. In the end, those are the things that matter most.

14:45 – Introduction to WSET’s NEW Level 3 Award in Spirits. Nick King, WSET

A special rum category tasting, previewing the upcoming WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. Use your senses to discover how distillery production choices affect style, aroma, flavour and quality and get a sneak-peek of the most advanced multi-category spirit qualification in the world.

15:30 – Dublin Liberties Whiskey Renaissance. Geoff Speiran , The Dublin Liberties Distillery, Global Whiskey Brand Ambassador

Come join Global Whiskey Ambassador, Geoff Speiran, as he provides an insight into why Dublin and the Liberties are so special within the Irish whiskey category. See behind the scenes of our distillery’s construction while sampling the current portfolio from the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which opens its gates to visitors in January 2019!

Friday 23rd November

11:15 – Taste Like A Pro. Liam Scandrett, WSET

A blind cross category tasting to understand the scales, techniques and descriptors of the WSET Systematic Approach – a great chance to strengthen your nosing and tasting skills, and learn how professional tasters look beyond the label and use their senses to understand the spirit in the glass.

11:45  – Why Gin? Gareth Franklin, Luxardo Global Ambassador

The bubble grows bigger by the day and it doesn’t show signs of stopping! With limitless possibilities in the amount of flavours available, why are we as a global drinking community so obsessed with juniper flavoured vodka?

Join Luxardo Global Ambassador G Franklin on a trip through drinking history to find out why Gin is King!

12:30 – The importance of a fine absinthe cocktail at every bar. George Rowley, La Fee Absinthe

Absinthe pioneer George Rowley will host a short Masterclass on why you should be stocking a quality Absinthe on your bar. Whilst giving you a brief history of the return of Absinthe (specifically La Fee) to the UK market, George will create 3 signature serves that every bar should have. A] La Fée New Orleans B] La Fée Sazerac C] French Mojito Learn about how to make these fantastic cocktails and the versatility of the products ranging from premium Parisienne to low ABV Envy Absinthe.

13:15 – The Ultimate Super Premium Gin in Classic Cocktails, Richard Maxted, Salcombe Gin

Richard will be showcasing the versatility of Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ as the ultimate super premium gin in classic cocktails like the Negroni and the Martini.

He will also talk about our limited edition ‘Finisterre’ and do a demo on how to make a Finistini and a Finisterre Sour cocktail.

14:00 – Introduction to Warner Edwards, Emma Moran

Come and taste some of the Warner Edwards range with Emma Moran, listen about how a husband & wife team created a globally award winning spirit. Our gins are crafted with nature: water from our spring, home-grown botanicals, fresh honey from our bees. We re-sow, replant, give back to nature. Real craft means graft. When it’s time to distil, we question, experiment and invent epic gins, including some never imagined before. We do it in small batches in our gorgeous bespoke copper stills, Curiosity and Satisfaction. So, come and raise a glass with us: to craft, to the land, to laughter and loved ones. In the end, those are the things that matter most.

14:45 – Introduction to WSET’s NEW Level 3 Award in Spirits. Nick King

A special rum category tasting, previewing the upcoming WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits. Use your senses to discover how distillery production choices affect style, aroma, flavour and quality and get a sneak-peek of the most advanced multi-category spirit qualification in the world.

15:30 – Restoring the Spirit of Harrogate with Slingsby

Discover the history of Slingsby and let their brand ambassador guide you through a tasting of their gin and vodka.