In recent weeks, in the face of such heartache and turmoil we have all remembered why we love Manchester so much. We love its spirit, its attitude in the face of fear, its friendliness, its rich history, its music and its big big heart. No matter what comes along, the people of Manchester stick together and face challenges head on with tenacity, empathy and positivity. It’s been a terrible time for Manchester recently and we are heartbroken but we will not be beaten, we will not be deterred.
This is why I wanted to celebrate Manchester in this weeks blog, to talk about the products we know and love that are beautifully Mancunian. So this week I will be looking at two Manchester born gins, Three Rivers and Thomas Dakin.
Manchester Three Rivers
Three Rivers is Manchester’s first city centre distillery. The name is inspired by Manchester’s geographical history. Many will be familiar with the various canals, which flow through the city, but before the canals, there were three rivers; the Irwell, Irk and Medlock. These rivers pumped life into the city and made it possible for it to grow and for industries to develop.
Manchester Three Rivers Gin is produced by hand in small batches by master distiller Dave Rigby using their 450 litre custom made copper pot still “Angel” made by one of the world’s finest manufacturers of distillation equipment, Arnold Holstein.
The gin is well-balanced with a combination of botanicals, subtle perfume on the with a particularly smooth mouth-feel with mid palette sweetness derived from vanilla, cinnamon, almond and oats. Finally cardamom gives way to a satisfyingly long, spicy, black pepper finish. Don’t just take our word for it though, stop by Riddles Emporium and try it for yourself, we have samples aplenty.
Thomas Dakin gin is one the oldest English gins that is still on the market today. Dating back to 1761, at the beginning of the industrial revolution, Thomas Dakin began distilling gin in Warrington at the young age of 25.
From then he pioneered the refinement of high quality English gin and his inventive outlook created a superior quality gin legacy. Given gin’s sordid reputation at the time, this was a highly ambitious move but Dakin had the courage to succeed and transform the future of gin from its dark past to a glorious future. On their website it sates “many gin makers followed Thomas Dakin but he was the man that started it all and is widely regarded as the forefather of quality English gin”
The gin is handcrafted using 11 carefully selected botanicals which are added by hand to grain neutral spirit and demineralised water inside a baby copper pot still. Taste wise, it is a juniper led gin with zesty notes of sweet orange and fresh citrus. It also boasts a distinctive red cole infusion which is a savoury root botanical that gives the gin a delicious lingering finish. Delicious on its own, in a cocktail or in a classic G & T.
So there you have it, two local gins that you must get round to trying. True there are now delicious gins from all around the country, we stock a lot of them but sometimes its nice to delve into your local heritage and try a brand that began or still exists “just down t’road”
To learn more about these gins and to give them a try check out the following gin experiences happening near by!
Thomas Dakin Gin Experience- Saturday 10th July 2017, 7pm
Riddles Emporium, Altrincham.
Thomas Dakin representative Alix Walker will be in store to talk you through the wonders of their gin. The evening will be both fun and informative and offers you the unique opportunity to learn all about the vast history and detailed flavour profile of this local gin.
The evening consists of a perfect serve G&T on arrival, a introduction and sampling of Thomas Dakin gin and a hand crafted gin cocktail at Riddles Bar on Greenwood street.
Tickets available through our events page.
Manchester Three Rivers Gin Experience
Manchester Three Rivers Distillery, 21 Red Bank Parade, Manchester.
Three rivers run a regular gin school experience that is becoming increasingly popular.
As a visitor you can expect to tour the distillery, learn about the often illustrious, sometimes dark and unquestionably intriguing history of gin. As well as gaining an understanding of how gin’s diverse flavours are concocted, throughout the tour they offer you four complimentary drinks, from perfect serve G&T’s to classic cocktails, before finally letting you loose on our mini copper pot stills where you will create your very own personalised bottle of gin to take home.
Visit http://www.manchesterthreerivers.com/gin-school/ to book.
N.B Remember we here at Riddles Emporium also have samples of Manchester Three Rivers for you to try before you buy so pop in for a sample.
Don’t miss out folks and get your gin grin on 🙂