The Spookiest Gin Tasting You Can Imagine Is Happening in a Graveyard


graveyard gin tasting

Chances are you will have been to a gin tasting in your lifetime but we will wager you’ve never been to a graveyard gin tasting event.

Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery is playing host to a most unusual and potentially spooky event on September 27.

The Victorian heritage site is more than just a graveyard, it’s home to 45 acres of greenery with plenty of opportunities to explore, including wildlife, architecture and fascinating memorials.

The event is called The Life & Death Of Madame Genever, a former name for juniper and a reference to the Dutch spirit which was the first incarnation of gin.

graveyard gin tasting

As part of the ticket price you’ll receive a welcome ‘Smoked Bramble’ drink, which includes Bristol Dry Gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice and Arnos Vale foraged Blackberries.

You’ll also be guided through the history of gin; experts will explore our relationship with juniper from medieval England right up to the small batch distillation of the present day.

Most importantly the gin tasting will involve a guided tasting of three gins: Plymouth Gin, Silent Pool and Deaths Door Single Estate. Each gin has either a unique or macabre tale of their own.

There will be a Gin Foundry Flavour Wheel to taste and identify the botanicals unique to each gin before garnishing as you see fit.

To finish it’s a celebration of life with a modern day twist on the classic Tom Collins, called the Nettled Collins, which includes Psychopomp Old Tom Gin, foraged nettle syrup, lemon juice and violet bitters.

The graveyard gin tasting event takes place at Arnos Vale Cemetery on September 27. Tickets are priced at £38.32 including booking fee and are available on Eventbrite’s website. More information is available on the Facebook event page.

Images from Arnos Vale Cemetery/Shutterstock.


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