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THE BEST BOOZY EXPERIENCES TO GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS

If you can’t give them any more bottles, then give them the gift of making their own! London is full of boozy gurus willing to share their immense knowledge and a decent label maker, so you can walk away a little bit wiser and with a gorgeous bottle of something of your own creation.

The ultimate gift for anyone that’s mad about booze, which hopefully they’ll share with you… here are our top five!   

MAKE YOUR OWN WHISKEY @ BLACK ROCK BLENDING ROOM - £70.00
undefinedThe second floor of London’s first whisky hotel has been transformed into a blending room, complete with classroom style benches in keeping with the tree trunk table from downstairs bar – Black Rock. Here you’ll enjoy a signature highball, Scotch whisky tasting and lesson on the different flavour characteristics of Scotch, before selecting from the whisky wall (with guidance) and blending your own unique whisky, which will be kept on file so you can re-order whenever you like!  

SPICED DRY RUM CLUB @ LAKI KANE - £45.00-£85.00
undefinedEmbark on a rum tasting adventure at one of Laki Kane’s rum making experiences. You can choose between express, standard or premium – all of which include a tasting, a lesson on all things rum, a gift bag and a bottle of your own rum that you’ll make in their copper alembic pot stills.

GIN LAB EXPERIENCE @ CITY OF LONDON DISTILLERY - £125.00
undefinedThe newly refurbed City of London Distillery hosts a two hour workshop where you’ll learn about distilling and the different botanicals, design your own recipe before distilling your own personalised bottle of gin. Plus you’ll get three drinks to enjoy while you’re doing it – perfect for any gin-thusiasts out there.

MAKE YOUR OWN MEAD @ GOSNELLS OF LONDON - £50.00
undefinedHark back to Christmases of past with a lesson on ye olde mead. You’ll be in the capable hands of the creators of London’s first mead – Gosnells – who will cover the history of the liquid, give you a tour of the brewery and a tasting of their core range. You’ll then be guided through selecting your base ingredients, mixing up your ‘must’ and pitching your yeast and briefed on how to finish your brew at home.

THE WHISKEY THING @ THE DISTILLERY - £120
undefinedThe Distillery on Portobello Road - home to the Ginstitute - is launching a whisky masterclass where you get to blend your own whiskey and we couldn’t be more excited! During the three hour session you’ll get to enjoy two whiskey cocktails, a tasting of ten global whiskies, take an in-depth look at the history and flavour profiles of the spirit, plus blend your own 700ml bottle of blended whiskey to take away with you!

CHIVAS THE BLEND @ VARIOUS VENUES ACROSS LONDON - £15.00
undefinedThe Chivas Blend is back for a fifth year! A brilliant experience where you'll be taken on a journey through the rich history and heritage of Chivas, enjoy a tasting of each of their single malts and get to create your 200ml blend to take home, all whilst enjoying a complimentary Chivas Highball!