26 Oct 2018

Manchester Three Rivers




When I first started drinking (many moons ago) I can’t even remember anyone drinking Gin. It was old fashioned and something you’d only find in the back of your grandparents drinks cabinet (Although my Grandad has informed me he is a whiskey and vodka drinker but never gin). I still, even nowadays when I enjoy a gin and elderflower tonic get comments of ‘Oh that’s my Grandma’s favourite drink!’ Gin a mere 7 years ago wasn’t a casual, I’m on a night out drink. There was no gin and tonic for £2.50 from the Union bar (Although I did used to drink vodka redbull that you could buy in a 2lt bottle so my palette possibly wasn’t the most sophisticated). Fast forward several years, I’m 25, a real grown ass adult, I live in a city centre apartment and my drink of choice is a gin and tonic of course. With Gin coming in all shapes and sizes and infused with a multitude of botanicals, Gin is now the number one drink of choice in the UK with the majority of the population favouring a gin over the humble vodka and other spirits. That’s why, despite my declaration of a tee-total October and recovering from a Chest Infection, I in no way shape or form was going to turn down the opportunity to visit Manchester’s first gin distillery and take part in their fantastic Gin Experience.
So this isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to Gin Distilleries, 2 years ago I visited Pickerings Gin Distillery in Edinburgh (Check it out if you find yourself up north!). There’d be a bit of a history lesson, how they make the gin, taste of some of the rogue versions of early Gin (I’m looking at you Genever) and finish with a nice gin and tonic. So, I *thought* that I knew what I was in for. But I can tell you this, the Gin Experience at Manchester Three Rivers is on another level.
You can find Three Rivers under the railway arches in the Green Quarter, a short walk from Victoria Train Station (It is key that if you want to make the most of this experience, do not drive when you do it). I walked across town (I should say power-walked) to get there on time as someone decided there would be a football match going on and the roads were grid locked, so I was happily surprised to be welcomed with a glass of gin and tonic on entry to cool me off. So I’m not going to go into too much detail on every aspect, as I don’t want to ruin the surprise of going, but here’s a brief run through of what went down and my favourite bits…

1# YOUR HAND WILL NEVER BE WITHOUT A DRINK
At the start of the experience you are assured that you will never be without a drink and not only yourselves but also your palette is guaranteed to have an experience this evening! From the humble gin and tonic (brewed right there at the distillery) to shots and cocktails taking you through the history of gin, you will get to the end feeling suitably intoxicated.



2# HISTORY LESSONS CAN BE FUN
Finding out all about the history of gin is actually super interesting and even features a snazzy multimedia presentation, presented with enthusiasm and paired with beverages that relate to the timeline.



3# THE COPPER ANGEL IS WORTH MORE THAN MY LIFE
During the experience you are shown the beautiful copper angel which is used to make Manchester Three Rivers Gin. Exclusively made in Germany you have to be invited to the factory that supplies them and only after a tense day of business meetings drinking peach schnapps and talking about Man United were Three Rivers able to source one.



4# DECIDING WHAT TO INFUSE MY GIN WITH AFTER A FEW DRINKS IS HARD
When we were taken one railway arch down to a further area of the distillery it was the moment we had all been waiting for, it was time for us to make our very own bottle of 70cl gin!! The hard part was trying to decide what we would be adding to our gin to make it unique. Would we go fruity with some orange or grapefruit? Or maybe something a bit experimental like a Chocolate infused gin? Now I’ve got to admit, I think I got a little excited and potentially went a little rogue. I added coffee beans and Carob (This gives a chocolate taste), these were both on the ‘Experimental’ list and I think this is purely due to my cravings for an Espresso Martini of which I haven’t had all month.  I haven’t tried my concoction yet but I’ve got to admit, it smells amazing.



5# MAKING GIN IS LIKE BEING IN A REAL LIFE HOGWARTS POTIONS CLASS
I mean just look at this picture and don’t tell me it doesn’t look like I’m about to make some polyjuice potion or something? It’s a truly hands on experience of making Gin and the science/Harry Potter geek inside me absolutely loved it. AND there’s always something better about when you make something yourself. You even get your own personalised Three Rivers label!!



6# YOU WILL HAVE AN AMAZING TIME
As you can tell I had an amazing time at Three Rivers and I want to thank everyone who was involved in the evening, you da best! If you want to have your own Gin Experience you can book in here at http://www.manchesterthreerivers.com/gin-school in the run up to Christmas it may also make an epic Christmas present for a gin loving family member. If you see Three Rivers as an option when you’re out this weekend or maybe in your local shop then give it a try, it’s a really great dry gin and we should be encouraged to support our local businesses!!

Lauren Eliza x

Check out my post from last week here!


3 comments:

  1. My husband loves three rivers gin - I think he would love this gin making experience :-) it sounds like you had a great time.

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  2. What a fantastic experience! I’ve been on one similar down south. It really is so much fun to make your own gin!

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  3. I'm not a gin drinker myself, but this experience sounds fab for my gin loving sister! I like that they have the balance right between education and entertainment, teaching you the history of the gin while you get to sample plenty of it.

    Lyd- whatlyddid.com

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