A ‘GIN’ness World Record at The Botanist Leeds

A ‘GIN’ness World Record at The Botanist Leeds

It feels pretty cool to say I’m a Guinness World Record holder. Did I jump really far? Hmmm, nah. Did I solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 5.25 seconds? You must be joking. Do I own the world’s fattest cat? Pretty close but no cigar.

I drank gin.

With 795 other people across the UK.

And it was frickin’ awesome.

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The world’s largest gin tasting event

We were invited to The Botanist Leeds to take part in the world record attempt and, well, I saw the word ‘gin’ in the invitation and immediately RSVPd with a HELL YES. Last week we found out the attempt was a success – woo hoo!

When we got there we picked up our tasting trays and found a cosy spot by the bar to begin the tasting. But before it all kicked off, we had to abide by some Guinness World Record rules. We had to put our phones away and concentrate fully on the tasting and gin history lesson. I wasn’t totally on board with not being able to take photos and do a little tweet-a-long, but rules are rules folks!

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Anyway, we learned all about how gin got its name (Juniper being the main ingredient, nicknamed Ginny, then later just Gin) and how people would buy banned homemade gin through cat statues hidden in doorways. Fascinating stuff right?

After the history lesson, we finally got to taste the samples. First up was Tanqueray no. 10, then Caorunn, followed by Whitley Neill. Whitley Neill was my favourite, but I wasn’t keen on Caorunn at all! That was biggest measure in my tray too – just my luck.

After the tasting ended, we all gave a huge cheer and queued at the bar to get each of the three gins with tonic too. Payment came in the form of these little beads we picked up on our way in. Shall we all agree that this is the best payment for gin, ever?!

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Thanks to The Botanist Leeds for inviting me and my husband to take part in this cool event, and well done everyone who took part!

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  1. 26th February 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Best world record title ever. I got a make your own gin kit for christmas, and I was skeptical that you just added the spice and juniper mix to vodka but it turned out alright!