Uncover the history of gin with this fun London masterclass, at the Merchant House Bar
- London (London)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
This Gin Masterclass in London makes a wonderfully unique
experience gift for anyone with a passion for gin, and is a
once-in-a-lifetime chance to taste your way through the fascinating
history of this delicious spirit.
At the marvellous Merchant House, where we have curated over 200 hand picked gins, this is your chance to learn the secrets of gin from top bartenders from the London Bar Consultants. During this 45 minute masterclass you will be talked through the enthralling origins of gin before seeing which type you like best. You will start off with the first gin that was distilled in Holland and drank before battle, leading to the expression 'Dutch Courage', before moving on to the 1700s London gin craze which lead to the the Gin Act of 1736 - and then finally you will look at the emergence of London Dry Gin and the different modern day varieties. As well as a gin and tonic to refresh you, you will try four varieties of gin that span the entire history of this spirit. Put your tastebuds to the test; do you prefer the authentic gin from 1600s or are you partial to the more modern flavours?
This is a hugely enjoyable class where you will learn all about the history, production and flavours of gin. Treat a friend to a thirst-quenching experience gift they will remember forever ... or just enjoy this fun masterclass all by yourself!
As long as the minimum group size is met the classes can be put on any day, subject to availability.
The Gin Masterclass in London is suitable for people over 18 years.
Experience Duration: 01:30
Time at Venue: 01:30
The Gin Masterclass in London will last for around 1-1.5 hours.
Participants: The Gin Masterclass in London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: +10
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The Gin Masterclass in London is not suitable for
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum Group Size: 15
You should wear whatever you are comfortable in for the Gin Masterclass in London.
The Gin Masterclass in London is not affected by the weather.
Our masterclass was held in in London. Nate was a superb guide and was very knowledgeable. Merchant House is a fab venue tucked away off Bow Lane. We had an absolutely top afternoon!
This week, we caught up with Hebe from London Bar Consultants. From Gin to Whiskey – LBC have years of experience in what makes quality drinks. Hebe kindly told us a little more about how the company is run, and revealed her favourite things about hosting drinking classes! Keep reading to find out more…
Q. What inspired the creation of LBC?
A. We felt that the industry standards could be higher, and that we could bring a new approach to industry, with more care taken towards staff development, a fresh approach to hospitality and cocktails.
Q. What makes the perfect cocktail?
A. The perfect cocktail is achieved through balance. Be that between dilution or sweet and sour, or any other variable. For me, I’m big into my whiskey cocktails at the moment, anything fresh.
Q. Do you have any funny customer stories to share?
A. We believe in offering a variety of drinks to our guests, encouraging them to try new things. Once a table ordered 6x of the same, so I sent over the team member to encourage them to reconsider and try something new. When that failed, I left the bar to demand they expand their horizons. What group orders six of the same gin? I started by downplaying the significance of the gin they ordered, but was cut short by the most well-dressed of guests, whom, wearing a monocle, introduced himself as the president of one of the world’s largest drink companies, and that he, and his guests would indeed be having 6x of the same gins.
Q. Before taking any of your classes, is there anything the customer should do in preparation?
A. Just relax. We are interpreting history, and so accuracy is not important. What is important is no bull-shit, and enjoying ourselves and the spirits.
Q. Do you have any unique, drink inventions?
A. Everything on our menus.
Q. Which is your favourite masterclass?
A. Whiskey. At the moment whiskey is undergoing an identity change and so it’s so rewarding to watch guests’ attitudes change drastically from rigid preconceived ideas to understanding over the course of the hour and a bit.
Q. Is there anything you would like to add that has not been mentioned?
A. Drink more Irish Whiskey.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Hebe for answering our questions!