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Go on a tasting tour with the experts from Wine Spirit Education Trust.  In just half an hour you’ll learn top tasting tips  and leave with a whole new perspective on spirits

Places available on a first-come-first-served basis.  All talks include delicious tasting samples!

Friday 1st December

17:30 Rum: Looking behind the label

In this blind rum tasting, discover how to use WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs to expertly dissect the key characteristics of the product behind the label. Presented by Liam Scandrett, WSET

18:30 Reclaiming Gin: An Exploration of the Lost Distilleries of London

From doormats-to-mugs, chocolates-to-soap, gin has infiltrated the novelty market. ‘Reclaiming Gin’ attempts to return the gravitas to this noble spirit, celebrating the lost distilleries of London, and returning the sense of place to ‘London Dry’ gin, through a blind tasting using WSET’s Systematic Approach. Presented by Hannah Lanfear, The Mixing Class

19:30 Vodka: The affect of raw material and terroir

Using the WSET Systematic Approach to taste 3 special vodkas, that have been made from differing raw materials, what affect does the type of crop it’s geography and growing conditions have on flavour & aroma? Presented byWilliam Borrell, Vestal Vodka

20:30  Scotch Whisky – Behind the Barrel In Behind the Barrel

Hannah will demonstrate the WSET approach to tasting spirits, examining how and why flavour is developed in whisky, and demystifying the approach to successfully nosing a spirit. Four delicious samples will be used to illustrate the purity of raw material, flavours that develop during fermentation, distillation, and post distillation processes.  Presented by Hannah Lanfear, The Mixing Class

Saturday 2nd December

12:30 Vodka: The affect of raw material and terroir

Use the WSET Systematic Approach to taste 3 special vodkas, that have been made from differing raw materials, what affect does the type of crop it’s geography and growing conditions have on flavour & aroma? William Borrell, Vestal Vodka

13:30  Reclaiming Gin: An exploration of The Lost Distilleries of London

From doormats-to-mugs, chocolates-to-soap, gin has infiltrated the novelty market. ‘Reclaiming Gin’ attempts to return the gravitas to this noble spirit, celebrating the lost distilleries of London, and returning the sense of place to ‘London Dry’ gin, through a blind tasting using WSET’s Systematic Approach. Hannah Lanfear, The Mixing Class

14:30 Rum: Looking behind the label

In this blind rum tasting, discover how to use WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs to expertly dissect the key characteristics of the product behind the label. Liam Scandrett, WSET

15:30 Vermouth: It’s not just wormwood

Using WSET’s systematic approach, taste classic vermouths versus more modern expressions and understand the key differences in this exciting and en vogue category. Liam Scandrett, WSET & Marika Cappena, Regal Rogue

16:30 Tequila: Don’t shoot!

Tequila, a much maligned and misunderstood spirit. Using WSET’s Systematic approach, work out where complex flavours and aromas can come from and scratch beneath the surface to discover why the tequila category is so special. Liam Scandrett, WSET & Stefano Frigero, Indie Brands

 

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