So when I came across The Humble Tumbler (Clare Burder) and the The Gin Queen's (Caroline Childerley) gin masterclass, I knew it was something I had to partake in. Throughout the course of the evening, Childerley and Burder take us on a journey through the early beginnings of gin and provide tastings of nine gins from across Australia and around the world, each with its unique distillation, botanicals and taste.
But back to the gin. Despite drinking it for over five years I knew very little about it before this class. It was a great opportunity to sample a variety of gins and begin to consciously notice the different and subtle tastes and receive the back story on the varying distillations. The two that really stood out for me however, were Gin Mare, a Spanish gin that has non-traditional botanicals like Arbequina olives and basil, and Botanic Australis, a Northern Queensland distiller who only uses native botanicals (14 to be exact) except for the juniper.
Childerley and Burder create such a casual and fun environment and ensure that the masterclass is an entertaining and insightful evening. Whether you're a gin aficionado or just have a slight interest in gin, you will walk away with a good knowledge of gin, both in your head and in your body. By the end of the evening, those strangers are no longer strangers as conversation flows freely from all over the table.
If gin is not your drink of chose, don't worry, the Humble Tumbler runs classes on a variety of drinks, including wine, beer and whisky. Highly recommended.