On Wednesday evening, The Handbook headed east to attend The Juniper Journey by Tanqueray Gin press preview at Worship Street Whistling Shop.
On arrival, we were greeted with the best-looking gin and tonics we have ever seen. As self-professed gin and tonic lovers, this was a great start. For anyone who hasn’t been, The Worship Street Whistling Shop really is worth a visit – it is a large underground space, great for after-work drinks, and the staff there really know what they are talking about. You can even peep into a distillery room, where there was a mince pie-infused liquor being distilled when we were there. We’ll definitely be heading back to try that one out!
Back to The Juniper Journey, we were directed into The Dram Shop, which is a little gin-inspired space within the bar, where world-renowned mixologist Tristan Stephenson hosted a talk on topics ranging from Charles Tanqueray and his secret recipes to Tristan’s cutting-edge experimental cocktail-making. In the course of the hour, Tristan created three bespoke drinks for us to sample, including a unique liquor inspired by one of Tanqueray’s old recipes, a gin martini (stirred, not shaken) and a secret exclusive cocktail designed by Tristan.
There was also a shoe shining service at the event, shining guests’ shoes using a limited edition shoe polish created by Tristan using a Charles Tanqueray recipe from 1843. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of the polish, but I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this service while you are there – what a luxury!
All in all, we had a really fantastic evening. We were looked after for the duration of the evening, and the talk was fascinating: Tristan is clearly incredibly passionate, and as gin lovers, it was interesting to learn about its heritage (as well as sample a few little tipples!). We would highly recommend giving The Juniper Journey a go – the event will occur every Tuesday evening from 12 November, and tickets will be available to purchase exclusively on YPlan 48 hours before each event.