Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This blog has previously reported on the Shoreditch's forthcoming urban jungle hangout, Monkey Shoulder Whisky's Tree house at the Truman Brewery.

However, this week saw The Big Chill festival at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, be the host venue for inaugural outing of Monkey Shoulders tree house installation.

Situated at the top of the the 'Enchanted Garden' the walk to the top of the hill was well worth it. The delightfully designed wooden tree house bar overlooked the festival and the picturesque Malvern Hills. The charming bar staff sold three delicious Whisky based cocktails, with the cheekily named 'Show Me the Monkey' being a personal favourite.

The weather was nearly as beautiful as the 4 gorgeous chimpettes, as the the Tree House was bathed in sun all weekend and looked equally as stunning at night. Combined with some fantastic music, the tree House was the place to be at the big chill.

If, as it seems, Monkey Shoulder are looking to make their brand more youthful and communal than the rest of the whisky category, then they are on the right path.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The lovely people from TriMedia (I'm looking at you Sarah and Jo) invited us to their press launch of Tanqueray Tables. It's Tanqueray gin's (now annual) summer promotion.

Here's the detail from their press release:

"This summer marks the return of the ever popular ‘Tanqueray® Tables’ – a series of evenings offering you the opportunity to drink delicious cocktails and nibble on sumptuous canapés in a unique al-fresco venue.

Due to popular demand, the makers of Tanqueray gin has reviewed its ‘for one night only’ policy and is hosting intimate cocktail evenings at No. 4 Hamilton Place from Monday 10 to Friday 14 August, to offer more people the chance to experience an evening to remember.

With its spectacular terrace overlooking Hyde Park and dating back to the 17th Century, the normally off-limits No. 4 Hamilton Place is full of Edwardian features and lists the Duke of Wellington as a previous tenant.

Hosted by the makers of Tanqueray gin, together with, guests will sample an intensity of flavours thanks to specially designed cocktails and canapés.

A team of chefs and top mixologists have devised a menu of canapés and cocktails inspired by the depth of flavour found in Tanqueray gin. Each canapé contains an element of gin and will be served with cocktails to compliment the flavours even further."

Their mixologists mixed up some stunning cocktails that took us out of our gin and tonic comfort zone

Tanqueray bar

The English Summer Presse, made from a blend of Tanqueray gin, rhubarb eau de vie, fresh lemon, mint and raspberries with a top of soda and dash of elderflower and cherry liquer was heavenly.

English summer presse

And their English Garden, made from apple juice and elderflower was fab too.

English Garden

The canapes all had a bit of Tanqueray gin floating around in them somewhere. Our favourites were:

Cured salmon

Cured Scotch Salmon - with black pepper, gin, poppy seeds and orange.

Risotto balls

Sun Dried Tomato Risotto Beignets

Tuna with wasabi

Yellow Fin Tuna with Wasabi

Monkfish and parma ham

Pan Roasted Monkfish with Parma Ham was good too, but very salty

Duck rolls

Duck Pancakes weren't bad either

The Tanqueray Tables idea is a great one. Especially for a super premium spirits brand. It's a great way of getting the right target audience to sample you gin, in ways they had never considered and in a very sophisticated setting. And pay for the priviledge. Nice one Tanqeray.

A table for 4 costs £50.00 and includes canapés and cocktails
Tables must be booked for 4 people

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