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Nelson’s Exciting Reopening Recap: 3 Influencer Days Across 3 Hotel Gin Schools!

It’s been a truly incredible reopening week for Nelson’s Gin & Vodka Schools!

To start with a bang, we held influencer events across our hotel locations in Hilton Leeds City, Clayton Hotel Manchester and Clayton Hotel Birmingham.

Read on for more about our hotel classes and feel free to click below on influencer/blogger names to view their experience on social media and blogs.

For our very first class with the hotel, we were delighted to open Nelson’s doors to Becky Yates, Sarah Lightowler, Sophie Detraux, Zara Mattison and their accompanying guests.

The Yorkshire Evening Post also joined us to share in the excitement and spread the word of Nelson’s arrival in Leeds City! 

Hosted by Head Gin & Vodka School Presenter, David Hunter and trusty sidekick, Paul Hickman, guests were treated to an in-depth introduction into the wonderful world of distilling and educated in the rich history of gin. Whilst, of course, getting to make their very own!

Our attendees captured some truly gorgeous moments while blending and distilling to share with their curious followers.

An equally instagrammable lunch was prepared by the Hilton Leeds City. Catering to all dietary requirements and preferences, the hotel staff went above and beyond to ensure a memorably delicious experience for everyone.

Seizing the day, was an overriding theme of floral and fruity gins, with most leaning towards light and delicate flavours. Keeping with the trend, Nelson’s Rhubarb & Custard Gin reigned as the day’s crowd favourite, among our London Dry and Timur. 

The second-ever Manchester class to run after last summer’s Heroes Gin & Vodka School. Nelson’s previously hosted a free day for several keyworkers, in recognition and celebration of all their hard work during the pandemic. 

Back in the vibrant city of Manchester, and on the grounds of the airport, the event’s location evoked a sense of travel and adventure. A nice taste of escape after months in lockdown!

Hosted in a private room with on-call service, The Clayton went the extra mile with name places and thoughtful menu choices, with all dietary requirements kept in mind. This included a fabulous two-course lunch, with three options for main and dessert, and even gluten-free biscuits!

Accompanied by their guests, local gin enthusiasts and food/drink influencers Silvia Okuonghae, Roshni Latham, Karen Hasid, Fiona Wolstenholme and Robbie Atkinson were invited to vlog and photograph exceptional highlights of their day with us.

Manchester’s Gin & Vodka School Presenter, the highly charismatic and extremely chatty Gabi Wilson was assisted by David Hunter. With this duo, it was easily a fun-filled, laughter-guaranteed day of gin learning, drinking and making.  

This time around, no two gins resembled the next – swaying from deep, smoky blends to lighter, floral-earthy tones. The overall winning Nelson’s flavour of the day was our Timur!

The Clayton Hotel Birmingham was the very first of our three, new hotel partners to open, and also the only one to officially run classes to the public during a very uncertain 2020.

Back to what he does best, Tashon, Nelson’s Gin & Vodka School Presenter by day and mixologist by night – delivered a spectacular distilling experience to Birmingham-based influencers and bloggers Olivia Bayley, Sophie Howell, Dips, Rajiv Findlay, Gemma Morris and their lovely guests.

With the assistance of David, the pair presented an exceptionally informative talk on the history and progression of gin throughout the ages. Using their combined expert experience and knowledge, guests were armed with the confidence to design unique gin recipes whilst being carefully guided along the distilling process.

The day was fired up with questions, tremendous engagement, and resulted in having both David and Tashon speak on camera for socials and blogs.

For a well-deserved lunch, a vibrant afternoon tea buffet was prepared, catering to those with dietary requirements. This tasteful day was also filmed and photographed by Chalkboard Creative.

The resulting recipes painted quite a spectrum, but with a general theme of smooth, fruity flavours and pink peppercorn as the pepper of choice. This crowd’s favourite Nelson’s Gin was the London Dry No.7!

All the day’s excitement came to a gradual close with one-on-one influencer interviews, for some final words on their experience at Nelson’s Gin & Vodka School. 

Looking Forward

After a long hiatus, Nelson’s could not be happier to meet and welcome gin lovers back for more delicious discoveries and daring flavour explorations together.

Might it be for a memorable occasion or simply a spirited day of curiosity, we cannot wait to see familiar faces along with many more new ones!

No matter what level of gin expertise you may have, each of our new hotel locations offers an incredibly unique, thoughtful, and elegant gin experience waiting just for you.


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