J'AIME NOVEMBER 2019

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FEATURE

A gin masterclass

AMY NORBURY GOES BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE ULTIMATE GIN-MAKING EXPERIENCE WITH

MASTER DISTILLER CHRIS ABBOT OF GIN BRITANNIA AT SIMPSONS IN BIRMINGHAM

With the current explosion in popularity of gin

showing no signs of slowing down, it’s no wonder

more and more of us are looking to get a little more

hands-on with our favourite tipple. Not content

with simply finding the best tonic and garnish

combinations to create our own perfect serves, we

now want to get involved in making our own gins.

Gin schools are popping up all over the country,

giving gin lovers the chance to experience the process

first hand.

Gin Britannia is the ultimate luxury gin school

experience. Based at iconic Birmingham restaurant

Simpsons - which has just retained its coveted

Michelin star for the 20th year in a row - Gin

Britannia combines an exciting gin-making day with

a Michelin-starred lunch of the highest order.

The experience starts with coffee - 10am is, after

all, a bit too early to be supping on a G&T - while

we mingle with fellow gin schoolmates and chat to

master distiller and the brains behind Gin Britannia,

Chris Abbot.

A witty raconteur with stories aplenty to tell thanks

to a long career in both the music and drinks

industries - he was previously an A&R man for

WHEN IT COMES TO GIN,

THE BOTANICAL WORLD

IS YOUR OYSTER

THE CLASS USES

PORTUGESE COPPER

POT STILLS

Creation Records, home to none other than Britpop

heavyweights Oasis, and counts Liam Gallagher as a

pal - Chris is a fascinating character.

Add in the prestigious setting of Simpsons’ Eureka

Kitchen, and you know this is not your average gin

school.

After a quick tour of the Simpsons kitchen, where

the talented team are preparing for a busy lunch

service, we head up to the

Eureka Kitchen and school is in

session.

The school uses hand-crafted

alembic Portuguese copper

pot stills, which are micro

versions of the stills found in gin

distilleries. And with just five

stills it makes for an exclusive

hands-on experience.

Chris is a veritable fount of

knowledge of all things gin;

what he doesn’t know about

Mother’s Ruin is, quite frankly,

not worth knowing. He delves

into the fascinating history of

the spirit, as well as touching on

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