Gin-uary, a night held at Wilhelmina’s, one of Sydney’s best small bars, was a masterclass celebrating all things gin. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by immaculately prepared tables set with four glasses, each containing a small amount of gin, a perfectly set plate and a menu that detailed the delights to come.
The drinks on offer were four incredible West Winds gins. West Winds have developed quite the reputation for quality – the company, dreamed up by four, passionate gin aficionados, has produced spirits that have won local and international awards.
All of West Winds’ gins are distilled with pure water from the Margaret River in Australia. The gins also feature some amazing accent flavours, ranging from the classic juniper to the more herbaceous, unique lemon thyme.
The four gins on offer at the masterclass – the Sabre, the Cutlass, the Broadside and the Captain’s Cut – did not disappoint. Each of them had a distinct flavor and they were unlike most of the gins I’ve previously tasted. My favourite was the Captain’s Cut, which was spicy and strongly aromatic.
My plus one, who is a true gin aficionado, was partial to the Sabre and raved that the juniper berry had been included in an absolutely perfect way.
The tasting experience was boosted by the gin-spired canapés and the knowledgeable, friendly staff, who were clearly incredibly passionate about all things gin. They told stories behind both West Winds and the gins we were consuming in an engaging manner and I came away with lots of gin trivia, which I’m sure I’ll be able to use to impress at parties in the future.
Ginuary was a great experience – the ideal event for any lover of gin. Incredible gin, delicious food and warm, informative hosts. What more could you ask for?
Vee is Sydney-based writer/editor. When she’s not out and about, she can usually be found drinking coffee and pretending to work on her new novel. @VeeNaidoo
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