The Life Tavern
Henao 31, Bilbao, Spain
The Life Tavern Bilbao Reviews
Smashing gins Feb 17, 2014
The Life Tavern is an awesome place to visit with loads of local ambiance. The bar is one of the larger in the area in the Guggenheim neighborhood. When I visited there were loads of people in there in all ages. It is a sports pub with the largest gin collection I had seen in many years. The place was packed and it even took some time before we were able to get some seats in the bar.
We started with a beer until we got some space in the bar. We ordered a couple of gin & tonics based the G'Vine Gin, which is quite unique to the gin world. This ultra-premium gin is produced the French region of Cognac and is distinct due to its infusion of green grape flowers from the prized Ugni Blanc grape. Added to that and the neutral base spirit are several botanicals: ginger root, licorice, cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, cubeb berries, nutmeg, lime and just enough juniper. The result is interesting: one that the company hopes will bridge the gap between flavored vodka and gin.
The bartender found two huge glasses and started to peel very small pieces of an orange and squeezing it with two pliers along the edges of the glasses. After this she filled the glasses with ice cubes and nice portion of the G’vine gin. A special tonic was poured very slowly along a chilled steel steering stick, so the carbon oxide didn’t leave the tonic. I had never seen this technique before an it was a stunning process. Needless to say the gin was amazing.
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