After a long break, my first gin of the year at The Oliver Conquest was only on the 3rd March! I know over 2 months without a visit – I think that’s a record, at least for when I’ve actually been in the country.
The first visit of the year coincided (not by accident) with the Sacred gin tasting. Ian and Hilary from Sacred distill their gin up the road from me in Highgate, North London and are the gin of the month for March at The Oliver Conquest – so special offers abound to tempt you to try it out 🙂
Sacred have a great range that we were delighted to try out, everything from a traditional London dry style gin – fresh and lush – they use 12 different botanticals in it including Frankincense as a fixative, which is unusual but complements the juniper as its a resinous flavour. This gin is a favourite at Duke’s bar for martinis.
Sacred get their base spirit from Manchester and its made from wheat – a very high quality spirit to let the botantical flavours shine though, and they dilute down to gin % using the local Highgate tap water!
The set up in Highgate – in the kitchen, looking like a mad scientists set up – with the pipe for the vacuum still going through the wall.
Tasting the range
A mini gimlet using Sacred Coriander gin and fresh lime juice – a tasty way to keep the scurvy away!! With a mini Negroni in the background.
Vermouth & Rosehip cup
Last up was a Cardamom G&T. Again most gins include a little Cardamom, however Ian and Hilary have brought this to the forefront with a heavy Cardamom kick! They use green cardamom from Guatemala and the flavour is strong enough that the gin goes further – i.e. ideal if you don’t want a strong drink, you can add more tonic (FeverTree naturally!) and still taste the Cardamom.
- Tuesday 14th April Ferdinand Saar Quince gin (Gin Club enjoyed their first tasting of their ‘regular’ gin last year!)
Monday 4th May (bank holiday) Martin Millers gin – Laura and I met the boys at the Urban Villas opening, should be fun!