Gin is comparable to wine in the number of variations available. Although it’s a much higher ABV than wine, there’s a craft involved in the production process. This craft allows distillers to be creative with their recipes, many of which would be considered outlandish, but are now embraced by the drinking public up and down the country. Leeds has fast become one of the leading cities in Yorkshire, it’s home to some of the countries biggest businesses, including some top video production companies in Leeds, such as ITV.
All you need to do is head down to your local supermarket and take look at booze isle for an idea of the revolution gin has been privy to in recent years. In fact, there are now over 18 distilleries producing gin in Yorkshire, many of whom were established within the past few years. Brands like Masons Gin, Whittaker’s Gin and Cooper King Distillery are fast becoming household names for those who love a tipple.
With that in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the fantastic bars which offer gin tasting in Leeds so that you can become an educated gin drinker and appreciate the creative lengths distilleries take in their quest for gin perfection!
Where To Find The Best Gin Tasting Leeds
Lazy Lounge, 102 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JJ.
Lazy Lounge is a great destination for gin lovers. It’s an independent bar found a little out of the main attractions of the city centre. They’ve got a passion for fine wine, gin and whisky. Their gin tasting experience costs £25 and includes a 2-hour tasting session where they’ll talk you through the vibrant history of gin and teach you how to identify different tastes. The session includes 10 gins and they provide snacks. After you complete the session, you’ll get a Lazy GINploma certificate, something fun to put on your CV perhaps?
Shears Yard, 11-15 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EH
Shears Yard is a fantastic bar and restaurant which is well known for its quality. Their gin tasting experience differs from the others on this list as it includes a 5-course menu, specially designed to compliment each drink. They hold the event several times a year and it costs around £50 a head.
The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Tirinity Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW
The Botanist is a great venue in the heart of the city centre, which has become one of the most popular bars in the city. They’re passionate about everything
The Maven, 1 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7DH
The Maven is Leeds’ favourite speakeasy. The atmospheric and attractive bar stocks more than 50 gins. Yes, you read that right over 50! They offer to share their love of gin with you for £35 per person and consists of a selection of three drinks, with history and lots of tasting tips. They’re happy to put together a bespoke experience for you and your party, so get in touch with them before hand if you have anything gin-related you’d like to explore.
Mojo, 16 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ
Mojo is a quirky bar which hosts all kinds of events, including beer tasting and bands regularly play there. Their gin tasting takes place upstairs in “The Rhum Room” where they’ll give you the low down on the h
The Gin Journey
The Gin Journey starts at a secret location in Leeds every Saturday.
The Gin Journey is a unique gin tasting offering. Rather than sticking to one venue, the Gin Journey takes you on a tour of the cities best bars, taking place every Saturday. You’ll travel round in their Gini-bus and includes a different gin and a gin-based cocktail in each bar.
Yorkshire Wine School
No. 1, The Light the Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
The Yorkshire Wine School has recently launched their fabulous Gin Tasting experience. The experts there are super passionate about the gin and there are professionals from famous distilleries themselves in attendance. Throughout the evening of gin, you’ll be tutored in tasting 6 different gins, learn about how gin is made and the history of gin. You’ll even be taught about the aroma’s of different Botanicals that’re commonly found in your favourite gins. The course costs £30 per person and lasts 2 hours.