Who is True OriGINs??
True OriGINs is a new festival which was founded in 2017. Their mission is to bring together the best of Scottish gins into one event! To read more about their story please click here.
The event was held at The Barn in Banchory which was nice however I feel that the word festival gives you the idea that it would be outdoors – it is February though so I guess they could have made the decision to keep it strictly indoors?
We were greeted very kindly at the door and given a booklet of all the gins that were available and also a glass that was to be reused through-out the day – and kept of course. We were then made aware that the festival was a cashless event. This meant you had to upload money to a swipe card or you could download the app that would be scanned and have money taken off it. I love this idea because it definitely saves you faffing around with getting money out or holding lots of loose change!
In the main hall there was 4 different stands that were split into 8 different locations across Scotland. This meant you could go to each stall and taste the various Gins that were made in that region. The bartenders were really good at talking you through the gins that were on offer to make sure you were getting something you like.
Of course when it comes to day drinking, you better believe you are going to need some food! Smoke and Soul Aberdeen were catering for the event and had 3 options to choose from; Beef Brisket Wrap, Pulled Pork Bun and Macaroni Cheese. Although all three sounded amazing Kirsty and I both opted for the Beef Brisket Wrap which was both very messy and very tasty!
As you can see in the picture I’m sitting on a beanbag – so comfy! This was in the ‘Masterclass’ Room where through-out the day they were doing talks on various different gin related topics. We sat in on the session about Autumn Gin which is the event creators own brand of gin that they recently released. We were told that they are planning to have seasonal gins so definitely keep and eye out for those in the near future!
We spent around 3 and a half hours at the event and tried around 4 or 5 different gins but out of the ones we had, I think the Solway Spirits Cortes Gin was my personal favourite. The gin had notes of juniper, elder-flower and Vanilla – the vanilla is what sold me for sure.
Overall, I had a really good day catching up with Kirsty, trying new gins and listening to some fab live music. I am excited to see how the festival will grow and progress in the future!
True OriGins have a number of events coming up in the near future such as Edinburgh in March, Inverurie in April and Glasgow in May! Head over to their Facebook page to find out more about those events and how to get tickets. Maybe I’ll see you at the next one!
Are you a gin fan? What’s your fav?
Bye for now,