Ginvent – The Original Gin Advent Calendar
Ginvent began one cold, dark winter night when we realised that no one made a gin-filled Advent calendar. To resolve the deplorable absence of our precious juniper spirit during the season of festivities, we designed, crafted and installed a 2 x 2 metre calendar in a central London bar and each day opened a new door. We celebrated the gin inside by serving up G&Ts and cocktails, as well as hosting tastings and generally sharing the gin love.
The calendar was an instant hit and we were flooded with requests to miniaturise it in order to spread the festive cheer by making it available for all to enjoy in their homes. Not everyone can get to London, apparently, and this was an idea that needed to be democratised. The rest, as they say, is history and five years on the Ginvent Calendars have gone global…
Ginvent calendars are representative of Gin Foundry’s core mission: to celebrate Gin and help drinkers find their perfect tipple. Ginvent is a central pillar on which we further this aim, and to accomplish this we dedicate months of each year to discussing the exact right gins and plotting ways to bring the calendars to life.
So what’s inside? Each year, we select 24 Gins that provide a snapshot of the category’s depth, diversity and global reach. We scour countries in search of the very best, the most unusual, the most progressive and – of utmost importance – the most sublimely delicious gins. The content of the Ginvent calendars is carefully curated and painstakingly considered so that all styles of gins are included, from London Dry to Old Tom, to Navy strength, Fruit infused and so on…
We also make an effort to showcase all types of producers, celebrating the artisanal, craft makers while providing a unique chance to compare them in context to some of the familiar, larger names. It’s a chance to really discover the very best the category has to offer and will challenge your preconceptions as it titillates your tastebuds.
We take great pride in presenting a new line up each year so for those of you who have already enjoyed a Ginvent calendar, 2017 promises a different selection once again. As always, there will be calendar exclusives and new gin launches making their debut behind certain doors, as well as a return of some older gins that are starting to make their way back into the limelight.
Ginvent is designed to be a shared experience, so each day we run live tastings via our social media platforms, host tastings across the UK and publish articles, interviews and features on the gins included. This year, there will be a Pop-up in Soho on the 1st & 2nd December as well as numerous tastings throughout the month at our HQ in Fulham.
We hope that by doing this, anyone who wants to peel back the layers and discover a little about the people involved and the spirits they make – can find a perfect platform to learn more. Moreover, we will publish a schedule with tasting notes and G&T suggested serves for each gin here, so all the information needed is gathered in one place.
What is a Ginvent Calendar?
The Original gin fuelled Advent Calendar, filled with 24 mini drams of different brands of Gins, selected from all over the world
Where is Ginvent Available from?
You can get hold of Ginvent calendars via Amazon, Gin Kiosk, Master of Malt, Not on the High Street and at the Ginvent pop-up!
What do others say about it?
"Is it too early to be getting excited about the countdown to Christmas? Not when it includes a gin advent calendar..." METRO
A walk through a winter wonederland, with Christmas trees & soft citrus welcoming the season in.
Wild meadows & fruity juniper strike against a herbal backdrop, before warm and waxy orange stirs the mix.
58 Gin Navy Strength
A cockney accent and a Naval attitude give this exquisitely juniper-led gin something of a swagger.
Tarquin's Brilliant British Blackberry Gin
Blackberry sorbet, with a cheeky touch of sherbet lemon sweets and a dash of Cornish honey.
Lone Wolf Gin
A beast's on the loose, with a bright citrus burst giving way to deep green pine trees and forest fresh juniper.
6 O'Clock Gin
Calm elderflower gives way to excitable lemon peels, while coriander seed ignites as the clock strikes.
Rhubarb & Custard sweets lead the way, before a verdant juniper slings it way into the fold.
Sacred Cardamom Gin
The product of a mad scientist, this is an aromatic adventure through the cardamom fields of Guatemala.
Loud, fresh orange flickers from the bottle, while hazelnut and juniper combine to bring piney depth.
Bishops Marmalade Gin
Cold pines and war meadows wear a sticky marmalade robe in this worship-worthy edition.
Herbal and Hebridean, this is a silky smooth, juniper-driven gin that is perfect in classic cocktails.
Poetic License Old Tom Gin
Huge liquorice sweetness and cubeb spice poetically combine in this cheek filling, luxurious gin.
Elephant Navy Strength
Spiced, earthy and herbal, this is an intense and powerful gin that trumpets its presence in any mix.
Light, accessible and easy, with a blast of citrus, fresh juniper and warm cassia. Smooth as Ice(land).
Hayman's London Dry Gin
Look up London Dry Gin in the dictionary and you'll find something a lot like this fantastic family product.
Floral, tangy kaffir leaf citrus is bright as a canary, yet delicately poised in this soothing gin.
McQueen Dry Gin
Creamy vanilla and black pepper tumble a sweet-spice somersault in this fit-for-royalty Scottish gin.
Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin
Fizzy cola sweets rush the tongue, but keep your w(h)its about you - this is stronger than it tastes!
Spruce tips dominate, conjuring images of snow flecked Christmas trees and rosy cheeked walks.
Masons Lavender Gin
Striking and fragrant, with a dry, spiced base that builds behind a sweet lavender meadow.
Sugary elderflower and garden fresh dandelions dominate, but gin's folk hero, juniper, has a chance to shine.
Persie Sweet & Nutty Old Tom Gin
This sweet and nutty Scottish gin has a milky, vanilla feel and a fiery ginger kick. One for nosing...
Bathtub Old Tom Gin
Cold compounded gin with a luxurious mouthfeel, a cheek-filling candied citrus and lingering, waxy juniper.
Fresh & green, with big juniper and a dry spice finish, this gin's global recipe celebrates the world as one.
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