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Make your own Slingsby gin

Copper still at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

Published at 12:07pm 6th December 2018. (Updated at 12:35pm 6th December 2018)

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The Spirit of Harrogate, the home of Slingby gin, has launched an interactive course which allows you to make your own personalised gin. 

Four new gins are created every day in the UK currently, and now people are being invited to join the gin boom by taking part in a course that allows you to create your very own gin

The new Master Distiller course at the Spirit of Harrogate combines tasting with science resulting in a gin personalised to your very own tastes and preferences. 

Beth Parsons and Lizzy Mcellan from Stray FM went to join the team at the Spirit of Harrogate to see what it's all about...

Lizzy Mcellan and Beth Parsons from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Lizzy Mcellan and Beth Parsons from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

What happens on the Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course?

First things first... a few nibbles to start the evening with a welcome G&T of your choice. 

With a maximum of eight people on each course it's a great time to meet everyone involved and hear a little bit about the the recent gin boom

Nibbles at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Nibbles at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

Next, the first step of gin tasting with six different gins to try

This will help you decide which flavour profiles you prefer and which ones to avoid in your personalised gin. 

  1. Flavour profile: CITRUS (dry, piney, citrus)
  2. Flavour profile: SPICE (cardamom, spicy, aromatic)
  3. Flavour profile: FLORAL (aromatic, orange blossom, fruit loaf)
  4. Flavour profile: HERBAL (earthy, herbaceous, distinct)
  5. Flavour profile: JUNIPER (dry, piney, citrus, peppery)
  6. Flavour profile: FRUIT (medium sweetness, jammy, light, fruity)
Tasting gin glasses at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Tasting gin glasses at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

Upstairs in the Spirit of Harrogate labratory, you will receive a step-by-step set of instructions on creating your own Slingsby gin. 

Don't worry though... the team are there to help!

Alex Hanson at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Alex Hanson at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

Weighing out your mixture of botanicals, perfecting the balance of alcohol to water ratio, and then using your own miniature copper still, your gin is soon well on the way. 

Lizzy Mcellan from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Lizzy Mcellan from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

The last part of the Master Distiller course at the Spirit of Harrogate sees you bottle your finished gin in a traditional Slingby bottle, add a label and box of your own, and use a 'bottle capping machine'. 

Alex Hanson and Beth Parsons from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Alex Hanson and Beth Parsons from Stray FM at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

And the final result? Some very happy customers!

Lucy and Sophie at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course
Lucy and Sophie at Spirit of Harrogate Master Distiller course

How to book your place on a Master Distiller course at the Spirit of Harrogate

One of two gin experiences offered by the Spirit of Harrogate, the Slingsby Master Distiller course is suitable for up to eight guests and takes two hours. You can book online here. 

They also make the perfect Christmas gift!

Listen to what happened when Stray FM tested the Master Distiller course:

Lizzy Mcellan and Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Food and Drink Show went to the Spirit of Harrogate to try out the new Master Distiller course and talked to Alex Hanson and Gemma Johnson from the Spirit of Harrogate, and Lucy, Sophie and Claire who were also part of the course:

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