Bar Convent Berlin 9 October 2019
Wednesday · Roaming and discovering
Three days! On a second day you are not surprised about running more than twice or three times your average mileage, but on the third you actually start to feel it … however we used the chance to get through the halls from 1 to 8 in order to discover some things we did not know or find before.
Engine Gin from Italy
Admittedly, when I see a gin in a pretty good packaging, I am very very careful. Too often have we seen products of sub-par quality just beefed up by fancy packaging only to call it excellent. So with hesitation we approached the engine gin booth.
The gin comes with Sage as one of the botanicals and we were actually surprised by the well-balanced way it was embedded. Not the most classic gin, but a spirit to mix with. The product design itself is exciting and I am sure there is more to say than this about the gin itself. Let's see if we can get this into a proper review.
Manchester, Isle of Mull, Swiss Alps – All gin locations
After a mix of spirits on the previous days we were a bit back to our core thing: Gin. Trying one of the many different flavours of Manchester Gin, we took along some mini samples for a detailed tasting, coming your way.
Then a brand new one, the Tobermory Gin with 7 % of new make from their whisky production, which came out really intensely with some tonic being added. Super interesting take on a gin with that addition. In the cooking world this might be called fusion kitchen.
Oh boy were we stupid: We forgot to stop by at the Weisshorn Gin booth after our last talk and so we only captured this shot of their beautifully designed bottle of this gin being distilled at 2000m above sea level in the Swiss alps. Hopefully that lack of tasting can be changed very soon. Their booth was a lot of fun and our gin colleague from Berlin came back multiple times to take pictures as we heard :)
New and old discoveries:
Broken Bones Gin from Slovenia was something we discovered in one of the calmer halls. And it was one of those discoveries you make when you remember what these big conventions are good for: There would be no chance to find these products in a local market or without traveling to the respective countries. A detailed review coming up in the near future as well!
Then we got to talk to Tim from the Copeland Distillery in Northern Ireland, located close to Belfast. Nice chatting with him about his newly remade distillery and the industry. Looking forward to get you to read some more about the gin and the making soon.
Sometimes you know the product and like it, but this time we actually had the chance to meet the people behind the nice Juniper Jack Gin, which is a great product for juniper lovers. And admittedly as someone said: the one with the cutest and prettiest miniatures on the market.
Popcorn rum Cinecane, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin and Tarsier Gins
And the last few captures to finish this extensive log from the 2019 Bar Convent in Berlin has the first stop of the day, the Tarsier Gins – an as they call it Southeast Asian Dry Gin, and an Oriental Pink Gin – on the list. We enjoyed a sip from the latest design bottle and even tried the pink one. Black wins for me ;) Need to look into this en detail.
When your man from Ireland tells you to meet Irish gin makers you certainly do so. So stopping at the Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin booth was a must stop. To my shame I had never tried this one before despite the raving reviews by so many. But you know what it is like. Sometimes you simply do not get to them. Now I did and I hope to have them on the gin.show as well.
And yes, everything must come to an end, not just the strength in our feet, this time it was a stop close to home: We visited the guys from tastillery, based in Hamburg. I had no chance to try their infamous popcorn rums and I am happy we got a chance to. Both versions the dark and the light one were in our tasting glass and this is a wicked discovery! Really a product with lots of wit and creativity. Boy I will talk about this a lot more on liquorlabs.tv I am sure.
Summarising the three days at Bar Convent Berlin
It was my first time to be at Bar Convent Berlin. And as so often it is what you make of it. And with my friend Marius (@ginfluencers) as a wing man for three days this was a great visit. We hated the swollen feet on the way home but it was great after all. It is really the contacts that you make and the connections one can establish rather than the stories on Instagram not really giving you too much in-depth information obviously.
So with that said, I am extremely happy that both De Kuyper and Fever-Tree offered their support for us to bring you some of the action from Berlin and report about it afterwards. With so many impressions it takes weeks to really get through everything, but that is fine as we tend to take things at our pace and rather go deep than fast here on GinGinGin.de …
Thanks for traveling along to Berlin, Cheers and Ginsalabim!
Three days at Bar Convent Berlin
- Read all things from Monday, 7 October 2019
- Read all things from Tuesday, 8 October 2019
- This is the report for Wednesday, 9 October 2019
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