Boutique Bar Show returns to Edinburgh

Matt Dakers Lauvia Boutique Bar Show

Boutique Bar Show returns to Edinburgh this week, bringing new drinks brands, international speakers, guest bars and other attractions for the trade. It takes place in the stunning setting of Mansfield Traquair on Wednesday October 26 from 11am to 5pm.

New features this year include the Boutique Business Lounge in association with the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), providing the latest legal, training and career advice from a panel of experts.

International speakers at the show will include Leonardo Leuci of The Jerry Thomas Project in Rome who will look into the worldwide influence of vermouth and cocktail culture from the 1800s onwards.

Marian Beke of The Gibson in London will share his experience and research on using pickled ingredients in his bar to create complex and cost-effective mixed drinks suitable for use in a high-volume bar environment.

Matthew Dakers of Emporia Brands will be running intimate and interactive sessions with Comte de Lauvia armagnac (pictured), exploring the effects of grape varietals, terroir, ageing and blending when creating artisan armagnac.

Stephen Waters of hospitality management specialist Watershed School will be sharing his observations on how successful operators recruit and retain talent within their organisations.

Boutique Bar Show will also feature four guest bars with a line-up of special drinks. They will be Kelvingrove Café and The Spiritualist fropm Glasgow and The Lucky Liquor Co and Bryant & Mack from Edinburgh.

Among the new brands on show will be Kokoro Gin which was created by Edinburgh entrepreneur James Nicol and his half-brother Barry Darnell inspired by a family holiday to visit “Uncle Nic” in Japan. As a naturalist, Uncle Nic has spent the last 30 years regenerating endangered woodland in the mountains of Japan and introduced the duo to the intense flavours of the sansho berry which is used to create the gin.

Claytons is an exotic, Caribbean-made tonic made with kola nut from West Africa, originally created by the Clayton brothers in Battersea in south London around 1880 and now made in Barbados and distributed around the world.

Distributor 10 Degrees C will be presenting a range of boutique brands including De Borgen Jenever and Before Gin from the Netherlands. Before Gin is based on the classic-style Dutch jenevers from the 17th century, made with a good dash of malt wine and juniper berry distillate.

Others will include West Indies Rum & Cane Merchants single-cask rum, R&B Distillers’ The Tweeddale whisky, Makar Glasgow Gin, whisky bottler The Lost Distillery Company, Franklin & Sons mixers and soft drinks, Black Bottle whisky and Angel Tears Vodka from Georgia.

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