The Gin Parlour was born over a pot of tea, one sunny Manchester morning in 2014. Tea because, I'm told, it was too early in the morning to be drinking gin. I was working full time as a web developer and looking for a new challenge. I wanted to do something I really enjoyed and, as I was discussing with my partner, we both said it would really have to involve gin. I'm not sure exactly what was being implied... maybe that somehow I had an unhealthy interest in gin? I dismissed this as surely there is no such thing.
I've been a fan of gin for some time (best not mention my first ever gin) - what’s not to love about a refreshing G&T? Or a Negroni? Or a Tom Collins? But my first real artisan gin was Warner Edwards Harrington Dry which I was introduced to by Twitter buddy @MummyBarrow. Quite by chance we went to the Tatton Food Festival and ran into Sion from Warner Edwards. His enthusiasm for what he and his business partner, and friend, Tom, were doing with Warner Edwards was really quite infectious. I began researching the business. Things were going well and I felt positive about what The Gin Parlour could achieve. Alas work got in the way.
Fast forward to 2016 and after finishing a contract with a startup client at the beginning of the year, I was hungry thirsty for the next challenge. I immediately started thinking once more about gin. It was time for The Gin Parlour to become a real thing. Back in 2014 there were no other dedicated Gin sites (that we could find) and I was excited about bringing something new to market. Since then a few have popped up with different offerings, but we've been working hard over the year on our branding, packaging, and sourcing and tasting gins and tonics (I even squeezed in a quick trip to Thomas Henry in Berlin), to make sure we bring you the best gin site there is - an extension of the enthusiasm and passion put into the gins and tonics by distillers and producers.
I really hope you like the site and the selection of gins and tonics we have. We'll continue to grow the collection of products we offer (we’re aiming to add one a week!) and add useful tools and information to the site, and do our best to champion small batch, artisan, and generally brilliant, gins and tonics.
If you have a suggestion - about the site or a gin we should be stocking - then do get in touch.
Cheers, and remember - it's always gin o'clock somewhere!
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