A gin tasting at The London Gin Club


One hot sunny afternoon this past summer my hubby and I attended a gin tasting event at The London Gin Club. The London Gin Club is located at the Star Bar off Great Chapel Street in Soho. Upon arrival we were directed downstairs to where we joined a group of about 13 people for the gin tasting. 

gin tasting london gin club

We walked into a low tunnel shaped room decorated with old vintage posters that gave the room an old school kind of feel. Once we were seated at our table, we were then given a citrus and gin cocktail appetizer to start with.

gin tasting london gin club

The tasting was presented by a very knowledgeable gin lover who took us on a 1,5 hour journey covering the history of gin. The history of gin is a long and eventful one. It evolved from as early as the 17th century as a herbal medicine to the spirit it is now known as today.

gin tasting london gin club

The predominant flavour of gin is derived from juniper berries. Yet it was incredibly interesting to discover that there are actually many different flavours of gin. The flavour wheel above shows you the categories that different brands of gin fit into.

gin tasting london gin club

As we progressed over the years of this historical journey we were given gin in short glasses to taste.

gin tasting london gin club

Memorable gins for me were the ones that I liked the least because of their strong flavours. Genever tasted like whiskey(which I’m not a fan of) as a result of its oak aging and the Navy Strength gin smelt like men’s deodorant! The other gins were pleasant tasting and easy to drink.

Gin tasting london gin club

And lastly, our final drink was a gin and tonic cocktail 🙂

Although the detailed history was a little long, the tasting was highly informative, enjoyable and one I would recommend. We both learnt a lot and it was interesting to learn about the many ways of serving gin and tonic. Different tonic waters and accompaniments such as lime, lemon, cucumber, thyme and rosemary all affect the flavour of gin. What a great way to spend a hot summers day!

Have you been to the London Gin Club? What are your favourite summer drinks? I’d love to hear in the comments below.


  1. Liza
    21st September 2016 / 5:34 PM

    sounds AWESOME!!

    • whatudidntknowblog
      21st September 2016 / 6:17 PM

      It was so much fun! 🙂

  2. 25th October 2016 / 2:09 PM

    Gin tasting event sounds like something I would like to do some day. I bet you had a lovely tasting.

    • whatudidntknow
      25th October 2016 / 2:14 PM

      Yes it was a great afternoon out 🙂

  3. 25th October 2016 / 3:24 PM

    I am so envious of you for having the chance to attend this event. Gin is my favourite tipple and I would love to go to a tutored tasty.

    • whatudidntknow
      25th October 2016 / 3:34 PM

      Hi Teresa, how do you like to drink your gin? And which gin do you like to drink?

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