Gin Evening

Come and join us as we sample five world-class gins. Gin Ambassador Alex Johnston will guide you through their history and production

Tasting Information

Since 2013 gin has been in a period of ascendancy worldwide, with many new brands and producers entering the category leading to a period of strong growth, innovation and change. More recently gin-based liqueurs have been popularised, reaching a market outside that of traditional gin drinkers, including fruit-flavoured and usually coloured ‘Pink gin’, Rhubarb gin, Spiced gin, Violet gin, Blood orange gin and Sloe gin. Surging popularity and unchecked competition has led to consumer’s conflation of gin with gin liqueurs and many products are straddling, pushing or breaking the boundaries of established definitions in a period of genesis for the industry. Join us as we sample 5 of these boundary breaking gins on Saturday the 23rd of February


Did you Know?

James McAllister, a rich Whiskey Entrepreneur from the Glens of Antrim, once owned Tullyglass. He made the property his long term home.  Our research suggests that he entertained not only friends and family but also business clients and  politicians from across the world in its luxurious lounge and grand dining room. Amongst his stable of Whiskey Brands, the most famous was Clan Colla which was widely exported in the 1900s to America and the rest of the World.

Supporting the visual advertising, he also developed memorable straplines for his products, again a marketing technique well ahead of his time. ‘A grand old drop from Ballymena pot still. Distilled three times to give you that smooth distinctive taste’. The hotel’s primary water source is a well some 500ft below and the water percolates through volcanic basalt rock and is credited by our local authority as being one of the purest water sources in the Province. This is the water we serve to our customers ……. perhaps it was also one of the secrets behind James McAllister’s world famous whiskey?