Gin O’Clock in
It was Gin O’Clock in Valencia for my recent birthday! Mr TK surprised and treated me to a visit to The Doce Club in Valencia, a famous Gin Bar, to sample some of their Guinness Book of Record breaking 620 Gins!
The bar was quirky with its stained glass light fittings and windows on ceilings depicting views of classic Valencian monuments, together with colourful Gin bottles that I was so glad I had my camera at hand, as usual.
Being an absolute Gin fanatic, I loved the fact that Doce’s ‘Gin Barista’ Javier Borja believes the secret to a perfect Gin and Tonic is all about the preparation. From ensuring the glass is ice cold, selecting the right garnish, pouring the Gin from a height to trap oxygen, and to then pouring the Tonic over a spoon to prevent the bubbles bursting – Just brilliant.
Favourites Gins in this bar include limited edition Bombay Sapphire, the tiger nut-based Ginself from Castellon, and the Spirit of Hven, an organic, oak matured Swedish brand that is the only Gin served at Noma. We decided to go local though and try a Valencian Gin called ‘N Gin’. This was served in a beautiful stemmed glass with a garnish of apple, grape with juniper berries and served with one of a dozen Tonics the bar pairs with your Gin. My absolute favourite was the Blue Nordic Tonic and the presentation was a far cry from some of the gins served closer to home.
Another wonderful thing about The Doce Gin Club (Doce meaning Twelve) in the trendy suburb of Cánovas, is the back-story to the Gins. Some of them are extremely rare, others come from unlikely corners of the world, whilst some were created in bathtubs, some at temperatures of double figures below zero, and one is even made with flecks of 24-carat gold. So overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of Gin, we had to pay a visit every night of our long weekend break. Gin O’Clock in Valencia really was an understatement for me, so much so, a very good friend of mine bought me the T-shirt in readiness – oh how well she knows me and in my favourite colour too. Thanks Gintine xx