Waterhead’s Gin of the Month – Ophir Festive Gin

During the month of December, Waterhead will be serving a Festive Gin and Tonic using a carefully selected season-perfect gin taken from the expanding gin library at the hotel.

Williams Chase GB sits proudly in Waterhead's extensive gin collection
Just a tiny selection of the gins available at Waterhead

The gin that we are featuring to accompany us into the cosy Christmas season is Ophir (pronounced ‘O-Peer’). An oriental-spiced gin, it marries perfectly with the seasonal garnishes associated with this time of year – fresh juniper berries, cloves, pink peppercorns, fresh orange peel or cinnamon.

ophir3Each of the garnishes brings their own unique flavouring to the party and make for a refreshing gin and tonic whilst celebrating with friends and family.

The tonic and mixer is just as important and we’ve chosen to serve Fever-Tree Indian tonic which effortlessly complements our festive G & T. For the slightly more adventurous, Fever-Tree Ginger Ale would also be a great choice and add even more spice.

A Trail of Exotic Spices

The rich heritage around Ophir is rooted in the ancient spice route where, for centuries, merchants from around the world would travel thousands of miles to discover and trade exotic spices.

Juniper, orange and cardamom pods are some of the botanicals used to flavour No.3 London Dry Gin
Botanicals from around the world

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is crafted with a selection of exotic hand-picked botanicals – spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, Black Pepper from India, Coriander from Morocco and Orange peel from Spain to name just a few. Finding their way to the oldest distillery in England, they are blended with a fine English spirit to produce an exotic oriental spiced gin.

Ophir Tasting Notes

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has bursts of Citrus balanced with the rich, earthy aromas and a soft spice, epitomising the exotic intensity of the Orient, awakening the senses to a new style of gin.

  • Nose: A rich oriental spiced gin with a smooth perfume and sharp bursts of citrus. Key notes of cumin and cardamom provide a warm earthy background balanced with the grapefruit peel.
  • Taste: Soft camphor, some sweetness and oriental spices create a warm mouth feel that lingers but does not increase in intensity.
  • Finish: Long length with soft cracked black pepper and spice.

Waterhead Festive Gin and Tonic

  • Fill a balloon glass with ice
  • 25ml (50ml it’s Christmas!) Ophir Oriental spiced gin
  • Top with Fever-Tree Indian tonic water
  • Garnish with your choice of Waterhead’s selected seasonal garnishes.



Gin Tasting at Waterhead

A night not to be missed! Come along to one of our gin tasting events in 2017 when David from Fever-Tree will be joined by various gin distillers presenting premium gins along with the Fever-Tree mixer portfolio. Great, fun evenings that allow the opportunity to experiment with a host of different flavours and garnishes.

Previously we have been delighted to host Bedrock, a gin from the Lake’s, Mason’s from Yorkshire, Williams Chase from Herefordshire, The Lakes Gin another locally produced gin on our doorsteps and Pickering’s and Hendrick’s, both from Scotland.

Gin Dates coming up at Waterhead include Friday 3rd March and Friday 5th May. ‘Phone 015394 32566 to book your place. For more information on Waterhead click here.


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