Gin Tasting Events
Enjoy a journey through the world of Scottish gin with a private or corporate gin tasting event. Scottish gin is at the forefront of the current gin revolution with well over 200 different gins on the market and over 70% of the gin produced in the UK being made in Scotland.
At Craft56° we are passionate about Scottish products and have around 100 small batch gins from across the length and breadth of Scotland that you can choose from for your event.
We offer fully bespoke gin tastings which can be tailored to suit your needs based on what you’d like to offer your team, guests, customers or clients. We are flexible on location and happy to travel to your office or the venue of your choice throughout Scotland.
As with all aspects of the event, the content and structure are dictated by you but our experienced host will be able to talk you through a short history of gin, the gin scene in Scotland, the botanicals which give each gin their flavour profile as well as the stories behind the brands and the distilleries. All of this is delivered in an informative yet relaxed atmosphere.
Please get in touch with us on 0141 266 0028, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below to start planning your event.
With such an array of gins on offer, we've included some ideas below on how you can select the gins to make your tasting just right for you.
Suggested Themes for Your Event
There is huge variation in the different gins being produced in Scotland and we are able to put together an event based on the styles that would suit your guests.
If your guests are traditional G&T drinkers but you'd like to help them discover something new, we have a vast range of London Dry gins that pair well with tonic. With the huge variety of botanicals grown in different areas around Scotland, each gin has a different flavour profile.
We can also offer contemporary takes on the slightly sweeter Old Tom style which was popular in the 18th century before London Dry gins were available. The style has also seen a resurgence recently and can often be found as the base in gin cocktails.
You may choose to select some of the many flavoured gins we have available if your guests are not classic G&T drinkers. We have a range of pink gins, fruit flavoured gins, gins inspired by desserts (Cherry Bakewell, Rhubarb Crumble, Strawberries & Cream to name a few) and floral gins. There really is something for everyone.
We find that mixing styles works really well and helps people discover new drinks they may never have thought to try before!
A popular theme for corporate gin tastings is the location of the brand and distillery.
From Solway to Shetland, Jura to Jedburgh and everywhere in between, we really do have gins from all corners of Scotland.
We can showcase the most local gins to your office or chosen venue or we could choose gins that reflect your different locations throughout Scotland.
Alternatively, if there are areas around Scotland that have special meaning to you or your guests, you may choose to select gins from these areas for your tasting.
The choice is yours but we guarantee we'll find the right ones for you!
We can also tailor the gins to suit the time of the year that the tasting is taking place.
For example, for an event in spring or summer you may choose London Dry or citrus gins that are packed full of botanicals that remind you of enjoying a refreshing G&T in the garden. Pink gins and fruit flavoured gins also work really well in the summer months.
For events in autumn and winter, you may opt for more warming drinks such as spiced or flavoured gins which you can picture yourself enjoying in front of a warm fire! The spiced and flavoured gins also present a great opportunity to experiment trying gin with alternative mixers such as ginger ale.
Gin & Chocloate Pairings
One of our most popular events are gin & chocolate pairings.
We work closely with a Glasgow based chocolatier who works with the botanicals and flavour profile
of the gin to carefully match them to her chocolates
Guests are able to taste the chocolates on the day while they are enjoying the gins or they can be presented in a pack as the perfect takeaway from the event.
Any of the gins we have available can be chosen and bespoke chocolates can be made for your event
What our customers say
Ally ran a tasting event in our Glasgow office for around 25 guests. The evening was tailored exactly to our requirements, including one gin to represent each of our office locations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen! Ally was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining throughout, and he is clearly very passionate about what he does. He also took the time to answer plenty questions from the guests afterwards. The goody bags with Craft56 gin goblets were a welcome bonus! Feedback from the guests was excellent, and I would highly recommend Ally and we hope to run a similar event in the future.
James Andersen – Associate Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP
Ally recently attend the care home to run a gin tasting for residents and family members. It was a highly successful night and everyone had a fantastic time! We were really impressed by Ally’s knowledge of the gins he brought along and also the amount of different accompaniments and tonics that were included in the tasting! It was a great event to get all generations together and allow our residents to spend a fun evening with their families and friends. We had so many great comments after the event! We can’t wait to have you back!
Kirsten MacInnes – Activities Coordinator, Meallmore Ltd.
Craft56 brought a level of excitement to our event, where guests enjoyed not only delicious Scottish gins but also the interesting stories behind the brands. Ally’s knowledge of the gin industry in Scotland is both enlightening and engaging. Highly recommend the interactive experience that Craft56 brought. Working with Ally was easy and seamless, a fantastic experience.
Kaitlin McCluskey - Marketing Executive, Face & Body
Gravitate HR were delighted to have Craft56 co-host our annual evening seminar in November 2018. Our guests were put at ease in a relaxed setting, as Ally used his expert knowledge to introduce three Scottish craft gins and provide samples and recommended mixers. Ally was informative and engaging, not only on the mixing of the drinks side, but taking time to provide insight into the history of the gin-maker/distillery itself, to provide guests with a more personal touch to their drink. I would highly recommend Ally and Craft56 for any gin-related event, be it business functions, private events or social occasions.
Neil Ferguson - Head of Client Services, Gravitate HR
Corporate Gin Tasting Events
If you’re interested in hosting a gin tasting, please get in touch using the form below.
Make sure you let us know your ideas for the event, the number of guests and the date you have in mind. This will allow us to come back to you with suggestions.