Graphic Bar in Soho is proud to announce the return of The Graphic Gin Off which commenced on 18th April 2016. For this interactive series, the gin enthusiasts at Graphic will be inviting sixteen of the most exciting gin brands to compete in the ultimate juniper-infused battle of the bottles. The tournament will offer a cocktail-fueled exploration of a multitude of different gins, educating and engaging members of the public and drinks experts alike in an entertaining but highly competitive tournament.
The Graphic Gin Off 2015 saw eight leading gin brands compete for the coveted trophy however, for 2016, the number of competitors has doubled to involve an even greater collection of brands. Last year’s tournament was fiercely fought until contestants were whittled down to the finalists – runner up, Jensen’s and winners, Martin Millers.
2016’s challengers to Martin Millers’ title include an international array of brands; Canadian Ungava, French Audmeus Pink Pepper Gin, Dutch Bols Genever, American Boodles and Belgian Copper Head, alongside the best of British; Plymouth, Hayman’s, Whitley Neill, Sipmith, East London Liquor Company, Tarquins Cornish Gin, Boxer Gin, Thomas Dakin, Slingsby and Silent Pool.
Described as ‘The FA Cup of Gin’ The Graphic Gin Off kicked off on Wednesday 24th February 2016 when all sixteen brands gathered at Graphic to be allocated their first round ‘fixtures’ and have photographs taken. Having all provided a bartender to create one representative cocktail for guests to vote for, the brands will begin the battle with the first round taking place on Monday 18th April 2016.
The 2016 fixtures:
- Round 1 – April 18th – Plymouth, Bols Genever, Copper Head, Whitley Neill
- Round 2 – May 23rd – Thomas Dakin, Slingsby, Boxer, East London Liquor Co
- Round 3 – June 20th – Ungava, Silent Pool, Pink Pepper, Hayman’s
- Round 4 – July 18th – Boodles, Tarquins, Sipsmith, Martin Millers
- Quarter Final – August 22nd – Copperhead Pink Pepper, Slingsby, Martin Millers
- Quarter Final – September 19th – Hayman’s, Boodles, East London Liquor Company & Whitley Neill
- Semi Final – 24th October – TBC
- Final – 21st November – TBC
Guests at the heats will be given a polling card on arrival to the competition. A master of ceremonies will lead the evening’s action and Graphic’s in-house DJ will provide a soundtrack to the event. The participating brands will concoct imaginative bespoke cocktails to be judged in a series of intense rounds, running from April through the grand finale in November.
Winners of this prestigious title will be awarded a specially made Copper Still Trophy, and the victorious cocktail will be allocated to Graphic’s 2017 menu.
Located in Golden Square, Graphic Bar boasts London’s largest gin collection, featuring an impressive 300 plus world class gins. With The Graphic Gin Off, the bar has created an approachable and fun event that celebrates this hugely popular, diverse and constantly evolving spirit. From cocktail amateurs and spirits enthusiasts to industry’s experts and award winning mixologists, all kinds of gin lovers are invited to help decide who deserves to win this feted title.
Source: Graphic Bar