Trying Whitley Neill Gin At Prezzo Bristol

Monday, 27 August 2018

Last Friday I went down to Prezzo in Bristol to try Whitley Neill Gin. Myself and Chloe were invited to sample the entire range - Original, Blood Orange, Raspberry, Rhubarb and Ginger and Quince.

One aspect of gin tasting that I always enjoy is being able to understand the story behind the botanical blend. We were told all about the baobab tree, or 'Tree of Life', (the beautiful curly statue that greeted us at the table) and were shown the unusual baobab fruit. It looked almost wooden, with dry white seeds nestled inside.

Our first gin to try was the small batch original, accompanied by tonic water and a slice of lemon. I'm a sucker for a classic G&T so after a long week at work, I gladly took the glass. What do I look for in a good gin? Something smooth, that won't give you that sharp back of the throat feel. I'm not a white wine drinker for that very reason, give me a glass of red and a good book and I'm happy. If that sounds like you, then you need this gin.

I do like a bit of creativity, so I was ready to try something a little more adventurous. Whitley Neill also creates their own tonics, and lo and behold my beloved cucumber gin was part of the party! Chloe had a raspberry gin and cucumber tonic, which was really summery and fresh - perfect if you're sitting out in the last of the August sun. We were advised by the lovely bartenders to try some garden mixes: hibiscus tonic with raspberry gin is apparently a great combination.

We were then served a platter from Prezzo's sharing list. At this point, if anyone puts slabs of carbs and meat in front of me, I'm a happy bunny regardless. There was a nice selection of meats and bread, but the star of the show was the bruschetta. Fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, onions. It reminded me of my time up in the mountains in southern Spain. Simple, healthy, high-quality comfort food.

We ended our tasting with some Rhubarb and Ginger shots. Personally, this flavour wasn't for me. It was very sweet and had a very distinctive rhubarb and custard flavour to it. I could imagine it being a bit overpowering with a mixer or after a few tastes. If you're a sweet tooth, this is a safe bet!

Overall, my evening at Prezzo was the perfect end to the week. The food was light and flavoursome, the service was warm and above all, I came away googling where I can buy a bottle of Whitley Neill. It may even be up there with my all-time favourite Bathtub Gin - yes I've said it.

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