The East London Liquor Company, or ELLC as they hashtag it themselves, has been on my radar for awhile. I’d been there once before to buy a bottle of gin in their adorable little shop, but never to enjoy the full experience, so to speak. That is until last week, when I ended up going twice in three days. It turns out I love the place – and their gin – which is an excellent reason for a blog post. Here’s why I think you should definitely check out this pretty gin & whiskey distillery in East London.
1. The Gin (obviously)
Truth to be said, I didn’t think much of gin before. In the Netherlands (where I’m from) it’s not that big a thing and the few times I had a G&T I enjoyed it, but that was it. When I heard people talking about how much they love gin and which ones they thought tasted best, I didn’t think you could actually taste the difference.
How wrong I was! There really is a big difference in taste between one gin and another: some are more citrusy, others have hints of basil and sage and then there are some gins that have an almost whiskey-like taste. I also found out you can drink a good quality gin simply on the rocks, without anything else.
The East London Liquor Company distills its own gin and whether you’re more into the citrus or herbal kind of drink, they’ve got you covered. If you don’t know what to choose, just ask them for a sip to taste to help you decide.
2. The Pizza
I know, who would have thought pizza goes well with gin, right? Not me that’s for sure, but guess what? It turns out all that gin sipping makes you hungry and they do some very tasty pizzas at the ELLC. In other words: the two of them go bloody well together.
3. The Patio
This is the main reason I added ‘Now’ to the title of this post. The East London Liquor Company has a beautiful patio and being outside generally is a lot more pleasant during summer, when the weather is nice and the days are long. The patio is surrounded by lavender plants, different kinds of herbs – that go into your cocktails indeed – and cute objects such as the wooden barrels you can see on the pictures: I love it.
4. The Shop
You want to know the best part? At the ELLC they sell their gins (and other types of liquor) in a cute little shop so you can take them home with you. Personally I think their bottles make for a great present, especially if you buy them for someone who appreciates gin of course. You can go as crazy as you like, they’ve got their signature Batch No.1 & 2 (as I said earlier, I’m a big fan of the No.2) and if you want something even more special they’ve got some beautiful barrel-aged gin too.
That’s it for me guys! Let me know if you go and if you do, please tell me what you thought of it! Enjoy 🙂
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East London Liquor Company, GF1, 221 Grove Rd, London E3 5SN. Nearest tube: Mile End.