Gin – undeniably the it drink of the noughties… though although I like it I must admit I don’t know a great deal about it.
So, I went along to Lunyalita on a gloomy January evening to be educated and more importantly taste a selection of Spanish gins. For those of you that don’t know, Lunyalita is Lunya’s newest addition on the iconic Albert Dock (I can’t believe this was my first time there).#
Fact from the night – Spain are the largest consumers of gin, so they definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to making the stuff.
I’d never attended a gin tasting and wasn’t sure what to expect. On arrival, we waited downstairs until everyone had arrived which gave us time to have a nose around, drool over churros and generally take in the surroundings. The restaurant is cosy and relaxed with deli and shelves stocked full of spanish goodies (including gin). A little slice of Catalan in the heart of Liverpool!
The event took place upstairs, in an intimate dining room with the most fantastic views of the surrounding Albert Dock – quite possibly the best view from a restaurant in the city! Everyone was seated on one large table which made the whole evening feel very sociable and engaging (we all became chattier as the evening went on, no idea why *confused emoji*).
The owners Elaine and Peter introduced themselves and then went on to introduce our amazing hosts Ian and Brad.. Ian hosts most of the events and, for me, he made the evening as wonderful as it was. Kind of like in school when you have a really sound teacher and the lessons are dead fun. It was a school night after all and we were learning stuff (whilst getting tipsy). Ian started the night with a brief introduction on the history and production of gin which whetted our appetites perfectly for the what was to follow…
Five spanish gins, each accompanied by a different tapita (I think this translates to ‘small tapas’). Each one was given a brief introduction by the hosts before we tucked in.
1 – Larios, fuss free, the spanish version of good old Gordon’s gin, served with red pepper hummus/babaganoush and breadsticks and olives.
2 – Volcanic gin, distilled through stones and rocks, high mineral content AKA good for you! served with pan catalan topped with tomato, garlic and rock salt
3 – Mencia 987 gin, made with grapes, served with a good old spanish omelette
4 – Encina blackberry gin, my personal favorite. Served with slices of serrano ham
5 – Nordes gin, very expensive, better served on the rocks to fully appreciate it. served with the most delicious padron peppers
The table was set with a smorgasbord of fruit and garnishes alongside a selection of tonics which allowed for experimenting with each gin. It felt sort of like a gin buffet. The gin tasting event was so much fun, very relaxed and informal and perfect for gin novices and connoisseurs alike.
Ian informed us that the Lunya group also host regular wine tasting, sherry tasting and a food and drink style pub quiz!! I can’t wait to go back for more educational nights involving ale and scran.
Thank you to Lunyalita and Think PR for the invite to yet another lovely evening!