A taste for the new: The Spirit Show returns

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A preview of The Spirit Show which returns to London at the start of December, with a session for the trade

The Spirit Show is back this December, offering all kinds of categories to explore from whisky, gin, vodka and rum through to the more unusual. Originally launched as an event for consumers, it features an afternoon session for the trade on the first day, Friday December 1, aimed at people working in the licensed trade and drinks industry, from bartenders to bar and club owners.

Running on December 1 and 2 at the Business Design Centre in Islington in north London, The Spirit Show features some of the best premium spirits available in the UK. Indie Brands will be representing Casa D’Aristi with its authentic, exotic and natural rum-based liqueurs from Mexico, including Huana – the only guanábana fruit rum liqueur in the world. Sip or Mix will be representing Jade Liqueurs’ fine absinthes and its Perique tobacco liqueur, made with organically grown tobacco but with none of the toxic ingredients.

The Cornish Moonshine Company will be offering the chance to try its unaged white whisky made with 100% Cornish barley. UFT Trading will be giving visitors a rare opportunity to sample a spirit called sikera Tartaria, a grain distillate with natural ingredients sourced from Siberia.

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Visitors can also learn and be entertained at The Spirit Show. On the WSET Tasting Stage, expert tasting tutors from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust will be running sessions to teach visitors how to taste spirits like a pro and what to look for when choosing what to drink. Leading rum expert Peter Holland from TheFloatingRumShack.com will be hosting a series of rum tastings.

Ice sculptors from PSD Ice Art will be wowing visitors with their skills and creating some “cool” creations. The Fentimans Cocktail Experience will host a series of hands-on demos, teaching visitors a repertoire of cocktail skills for making drinks at home.

Global Brands’ Franklin & Sons is returning to The Spirit Show with its gin and tonic masterclasses which will run every half an hour throughout the two days. Each class will incorporate a distinctive twist, seeing more unusual pairings such as port, vermouth and tequila as well as gin with Franklin & Sons’ range of tonics.

For a full list of exhibitors and more information, visit TheSpiritShow.co.uk. To register for a free trade pass, please email hello@thespiritshow.co.uk, including details of your bar or drinks business.

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