First gin festival heading to East Lancs as specialist bar opens

Marie Harris is all set for the gin festival at Nelson’s ACE Centre

Marie Harris is all set for the gin festival at Nelson’s ACE Centre

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

FIRST came the craze for outlandish vodkas, then fruit ciders of all persuasions became the rage, even rum and related cocktails had their turn in the sun.

And now gin – much maligned as your maiden aunt’s favourite tipple and once besmirched as Mother’s Ruin – is making a comeback in East Lancashire.

Nelson will host the region’s first festival devoted to the juniper juice early next month, shortly after the Lancashire Telegraph revealed a gin bar would be installed at Burnley Mechanics as part of its current refit.

But don’t expect hardy perennials like Gordon’s, Greenall’s or even Bombay Sapphire in the foreground when Jym and Marie Harris bring their wares to the ACE Centre on Saturday, October 4.

With five micro-distilleries springing up across the UK in the past two months, the Keighley-based couple will be introducing blends from the Shetlands to the south coast, and brands like The Botanist, SLOEmotion, Two Birds and The King of Soho.

Jym, who first became involved with promoting gin two years ago, said: “What we have found over the years is that it appears to be replacing micro-breweries, with people getting bored of the old standards and wanting to try something new.”

Holidaymakers have also brought a thirst for gin back from their Spanish breaks, where the spirit is often served, with plenty of ice and a garnish, in a wine glass.

Like varieties of vodka, the more exotic bottles can feature anything from lemon or lime to fig and mint, pink peppercorn and lemon peel, blueberry and rose, and olive and thyme.

Live music, tasting sessions and cocktail-making are all on the bill for the Nelson gathering, with tickets priced at £6.

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3:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

woolywords says...

I used to drink Pink gin, as long as it was made with Plymouth gin and Peychaud's Bitters. The latter I discovered on a trip to the US, where it is used to make the rye drink called Sazerac cocktail. Just have 3 though!
I really fancy some of those odd flavoured gins though.
I used to drink Pink gin, as long as it was made with Plymouth gin and Peychaud's Bitters. The latter I discovered on a trip to the US, where it is used to make the rye drink called Sazerac cocktail. Just have 3 though! I really fancy some of those odd flavoured gins though. woolywords
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4:48pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Eric Shawn says...

Shounds gweat. Put me dwon for a tichit. Hic.
Shounds gweat. Put me dwon for a tichit. Hic. Eric Shawn
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4:49pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Eric Shawn says...

Shounds gweat. Put me dwon for a tichit. Hic.
Shounds gweat. Put me dwon for a tichit. Hic. Eric Shawn
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5:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Darwen Malc says...

Fantastic! I'll be there :-)
Fantastic! I'll be there :-) Darwen Malc
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10:34pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Of all the gin joints in all the world, in all the towns, she has to walk into mine. Good luck with this new venture. :-)
Of all the gin joints in all the world, in all the towns, she has to walk into mine. Good luck with this new venture. :-) Real Ale Up North
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