Last Monday I was lucky enough to win a fabulous treat via the Grey Goose vodka Twitter page. I simply had to post a message saying who I’d like to take out with me that night and I was picked to be the lucky winner of a Taste By Appointment event at Rhodes Twenty Four.
I’ll be honest, I was considering not actually going as I was pretty tired, but Alex persuaded me to get myself dressed for the night and off we went, without much of an idea of what I had actually won!
We arrived at Rhodes Twenty Four at 6.30pm, seated ourselves in a spot with spectacular views over London and were handed a delicious Grey Goose Le Fizz – A cocktail that was made up of Grey Goose vodka, elderflower and Perrier water. Now, you all know I’m a gin drinker, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Grey Goose Vodka, as I’ve only ever bought it for DJs that I’ve booked in the past. DJ riders eh?! I was genuinely surprised by how much nicer it is than Smirnoff, which I used to consume by the truck load before I became a much more civilised drinker!
While we waited for all the guests to arrive, we were offered an abundance of superb canapes… A few cocktails down and we were seriously getting into the swing of the Grey Goose taste, but it was time to be escorted into the private dining area, where our host Joe McCanta chatted to us all and gave us a very informative introduction to taste. Meanwhile we were still being plied with more cocktails – Now, that’s my idea of a good chat!
Next up our tastebuds were to be challenged by a serious of taste experiments, where we learnt how to identify our own personal taste. We each had a tray in front of us, as well as a taste profile card and worked our way through the taste tests covering bitter, salt, sweet, sour and umami (savoury) flavours.
Time for more taste testing… Don’t let the look deceive you though; these flavours were not what they seemed!
During the night, Rhodes Twenty Four Head Chef, Andrew Barkham, discussed his own personal taste preferences with us and we had the chance to ask him questions as well as taste a cocktail that he had specifically created alongside Jo, our host. Unfortunately this was one cocktail that my taste buds did not approve of, and I was left red faced with a burning mouth. The cocktail was pretty hot (due to the chilli) and I appeared to be the only one unable to consume it. Apparently the layers of flavour in the drink took you on a taste journey, but my mouth wasn’t having a barr of it!
Once all the testing was over, we were left to our own devices and given the chance to mix up our own cocktails (with a little help) based on what we had learnt about our personal tastes. Over the last hour, we were whisked off to a bar in pairs, where Joe made us our own bespoke cocktails. Very merry by this point, we were relieved to be offered even more delicious canapes.
What a fabulous night we had! On top of all the food and drink we also met a lovely couple who were just fantastic to chat to. They had traveled to London for the evening and were delightful company. An inspiring couple that made me more clear of what I want from life in the future.
Now, that’s what I call a successful evening!
The Grey Goose Taste By Appointment Events will set you back £75. I certainly think it’s worth the money if you are thinking of treating someone, but if I’m honest, I wouldn’t have initially thought about doing it before winning the prize. £75 for a Monday night out is a bit steep, especially as it appears to have been £15 last year. (Id’ say we consumed about £50 worth of drinks). We however loved it and if you are looking to impress, then this is certainly the one. Our location unquestionably won us over…