Launch of Masham gin school

Launch of Masham gin school

Published at 12:05pm 4th April 2018.

The maker of a North Yorkshire gin has opened a school that will enable gin-lovers to get in the spirit by distilling their own personalised version of the popular tipple.

The couple behind the artisan Spirit of Masham gin have opened a ‘Make Your Own Gin Experience’ in the North Yorkshire market town of Masham.

Now visitors to the market town, located in the picturesque northern edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can immerse themselves in three hours of gin wonderland.

After a tour of the Spirit of Masham distillery and a potted history of the drink, including comparing samples of geneva, which bears closest resemblance to the original spirit, with a modern G&T, visitors then become their own gin alchemists using one of 12 gleaming mini copper alembics or stills.

Spirit of Masham gin school - large gin bar

Visitors can choose from a treasure trove of 100 different botanicals, everything from spices, seeds, berries and dried fruit, to blend into their own concoction alongside the compulsory juniper berry base. Head distiller Jake Wilson will also provide guidance on choosing the right mix of botanicals to balance the flavours.

At the end of the distilling process, the budding gin-makers can take home their own 70cl bottle of gin complete with personalised label.

The three-hour experience costs £95 per person including the bespoke bottle, three gin-based drinks and distillery tour. Visitors can book at weekends or certain midweek evenings.

The move follows a successful first year since the launch of the Spirit of Masham gin by co-owners Derek and Carol Harle who also run Corks and Cases wine merchant just off the town’s Georgian market square.

Their gin is handcrafted in small batches using the London Dry Gin method and distilled using botanicals from the couple’s own brand of Masala Chai tea and hops, the latter in homage to Masham’s brewing heritage.

Derek Harle comments:

“It’s fantastic to open another visitor experience alongside the tours at both of Masham’s popular breweries.

“We’re a small team who are passionate about our local area as well as the craft of gin-making. Therefore it seemed a natural next step to share that passion with other like-minded enthusiasts. As well as individual visitors, the experience is ideal for groups of up to 12 people particularly if they are staying nearby for a weekend.”

For more information and booking

For visitors staying the weekend, rooms are available from £130 a night at the White Bear Hotel in Masham where the Spirit of Masham is also included in the bar’s gin line-up

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