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The Malton Gin Tour of the Rare Bird Distillery and other producers and artisans in Malton

18th April 2019

The Talbot and its home in Malton are widely known to be all about the food – with wonderful suppliers throughout the town, an annual food festival, monthly food markets, regular food tours, and of course our delicious menus here at The Talbot.

However, our other keen interest is gin.  We joined the gin bandwagon long ago with our Gin focused events and festival, which are always extremely popular, but this was fuelled further with the introduction of a gin distillery at Talbot Yard, immediately opposite the hotel.  With this, Malton got its own gin, “Rare Bird”. The dynamic team at Rare Bird claim to be “Mediterranean inspired, Yorkshire at heart”, and their distillery is nestled in the Grade II listed, former stable block that is Talbot Yard.

They have named their 300 litre copper still “Florence”, and she sits proudly in the centre, right at the heart of the distillery, and crafts every single bottle of Rare Bird gin.  Above the distillery is the Rare Bird gin school, which can accommodate 8 people for a gin making session.

In 2018, to sit alongside our popular food tours, we introduced the Malton Gin Tour – aimed at those with a sweet tooth and those who love their gin.  We’ll guide you around Malton, visiting the producers and experts with a tour of the Rare Bird Distillery where you’ll see how the gin is made and be shown how the copper still works.  We’ll visit the specialist drinks experts of McMillans of Malton, the Malton Cookery School and macaroons with Florian Poirot whilst sampling various gins along the way at gin tastings at Maison du Vin and other places. We can also arrange visits for you at Sloe Motion Distillery nearby which specialises in using seasonal produce from the British hedgerows.

We will end at the Talbot bar with a tasting of some of our favourite gins & mixers:

Rare Bird Rhubarb and Ginger Gin

Rare Bird Dry Gin infused with fresh rhubarb and shavings of ginger. Elegant, flavoursome and deliciously nostalgic.  Paired with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic. Garnished with an orange slice.

Harrogate Blueberry Gin

Packed with Blueberries at the forefront followed by a distinct smooth finish. Blue hues reminiscent of seas and skies finish off this stunning original gin. Paired with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic. Garnished with cucumber.

Sloemotion Hedgerow Gin

A refreshingly stylish craft gin with elegant but subtle fruit & floral notes.  Paired with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic. Garnished with a sprig of Thyme and apple.

Raisthorpe Sloe Gin

Home-grown, handpicked, and then steeped in London Gin and sugar and left for six to eight months to mature. Paired with Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic. Garnished with a lemon wedge and blackberries.

York Gin Roman Fruit

A juniper-led dry gin infused with flora and fauna associated with Ancient Rome.  Paired with Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic. Garnished with a twist of lemon.

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