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Drink Gin & Help Raise Money for a Great Cause at This Fabulous Tasting

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

Book your tickets folks, because this gin tasting comes with added feel good.


You probably know them best for their indulgent afternoon teas, but now Arch Cafe is set to give you A Brief History of Gin.

It may seem like an unusual setting for a gin tasting – after all, Arch Cafe is a social enterprise with a reputation for serving quality cuppas and cakes to match – but they’ve teamed up with Chris Hill from Latitude Wine & Liquor Merchant for a one night special that will wow the city’s gin lovers.

The tasting starts at 6pm on Friday 19th October 2018. Chris will introduce you to five different gins – and who better to do it? After all, he’s the founder of Latitude and he has over 25 years experience in the wine and spirits trade.

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“This tasting is a journey through the history of gin, from its medicinal roots in Holland, through the gin craze of the 18th century, the birth of cocktail culture and Prohibition, to the 2nd gin craze of recent years,” he told us. You’ll start with Bols Genever, which comes from the famous Dutch distillery established back in 1575. From here, you’ll move onto Jensen Old Tom Gin, a spirit that is still made with the original Christian Jensen recipe from the 1840s. Then you’ll get the chance to compare two London dry gins as Chris pits classic and contemporary against each other with Tanqueray and Portobello Road.

And to finish? It had to be Botanist Dry Gin from Islay in Scotland. This popular tipple is made with 22 hand-foraged botanicals, which are combined with berries, bark, seeds and peels to create a drink like no other.

Alongside the gin tasting, you’ll have a chance to indulge in two classic gin-combos. They’ll be serving up a Tom Collins, an age-old mix of fresh lemon, sugar, soda and Jensen Old Tom Gin. And that will be followed by a ‘Copa’ style Portobello and tonic. Afterwards, Lattitude will have their own gin bar, so you can put your newfound tasting skills to the test.


It’s going to be an absolutely delicious night – but it’s not all about the gin, because all proceeds for the event will go to Age UK Leeds, helping them to continue the great work they do in the community.

“Age UK Leeds is here to help and support vulnerable, lonely and isolated older people across Leeds,” Lisa Burnett, Fundraising Director at Age UK Leeds, explained. “There are currently 37,000 older people living in Leeds who are either lonely or isolated and we do not think that is right or fair. We are raising money so that we can be there to support as many of them as possible, so that no-one has no-one.”

There are just 30 places on this one-off gin tasting, and it comes with added feel good, so round up your mates and give them a call to book your place.

A Brief History of Gin will take place at Arch Cafe at 6pm (doors open at 5:30pm) on Friday 19th October 2018. Tickets are £20, call ahead to book your place or pop into AGE UK Reception to book.