June 30 2016

Mini-review: sipsmith & fever-tree tasting event at the huntsman

Last night I learned all about the fascinating history behind the well-known phrase Dutch Courage. I also fiddled with the bark from a cinchona tree, ate the first panna cotta that I’ve ever actually enjoyed, imbibed my new favourite tipple (Sipsmith Sloe Gin, since you asked), became au fait with the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale and met some lovely people – and if you’d have done as The Pig Guide had been telling you to do these past few weeks (well done to those that took our advice; I hope you had as good a time as we did?), you’d have had the opportunity to have taken such a voyage of discovery too.

The Sipsmith and Fever-Tree tasting event at the Huntsman Pub was, quite simply, lovely. Hosted by Xander Cadisch (Sipsmith) and Lauren Hawkins-Taylor (Fever-Tree) and incorporating a uniquely flavoursome, 4-course gin-infused menu devised by Huntsman head chef Miro, it was a thoroughly enlightening, convivial evening, which started with an introduction to the fascinating history behind both the Sipsmith and Fever-Tree businesses before smoothly cruising on to a guided tasting of a selection of elegant tipples, expertly matched with stylish mixers. As for the setting itself – well, where better to partake of such a graceful, tasteful adventure than the Huntsman’s handsome upstairs dining room the Elder Rooms (pictured)? Offering a sublimely serene upper-level vantage point from which to keep an eye on the comings-and-goings on and around Terrace Walk and decorated throughout with quirky Victoriana, the ER surely has to be one of the most characterfully charming chill-out chambers in Bath.

The Huntsman head honchos tell me that this event was the first of what they hope will be a similarly cultivated programme of collaborations and activities; next time around, you really don’t want to miss out.

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