Gin-thusiasts flock to Stoke for new World Record

More than 500 gin lovers descended on Stoke’s Kings Hall on Friday 11th November in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest gin tasting event at a single venue’.

The gathering was organised by Andrew Wilson of Old School Wines, Tittensor and smashed the target of 250 people by double.

“We’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of gin over the past few years and our Gin Jamborees have been getting bigger and bigger yet continue to sell out,” said Andrew.

“During the summer we contacted Guinness World Records to register our official bid which sold out within weeks, leaving us with an extensive ‘reserve’ list of folks who wanted to take part.”

The tasting session included an eye-watering amount of gin and tonic: 100 different types of gin from around the world were on offer with 1,000 bottles available in total, 300kg of ice were used to chill a staggering 5,000 bottles of tonic water with a team of 30 mixologists serving a diverse variety of craft G&Ts and speciality cocktails. Guests were also treated to ‘flair mixology’ demonstrations from mobile cocktail specialist Flow-Motion with entertainment provided by DJ Al Jones and freestyle dancers from Stafford-based troop Dance Nuvo.

The event also marked the launch of Old School Gin - the company’s first foray into the spirit making business. “We've used our 35 years of knowledge and expertise in the fine wine and spirits trade to develop a rhubarb flavoured gin,” said Andrew. “We’ve drawn inspiration from the botanicals and produce grown at our sister venue, Sugnall Walled Garden near Eccleshall.”

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