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Rum Tasting

Discover the wild and colourful history of rum and sample a carefully chosen selection of the incredibly diverse spirit at TT-Liquor’s rum tasting class.

The story of rum is rife with corruption, debauchery and piracy on the high seas – and the variety of flavours to enjoy is just as rich. From deep, molasses-heavy, dark rums to mellower golden varieties and refined, versatile, white rums – you’ll see why rum is one of the fastest growing spirit categories in the UK.

Tasting Format

  • Length

    Recommended session lasts for two hours.

  • Reception Cocktail

    Enjoy a classic rum cocktail in the vaults before your tasting begins.

  • Introduction of Class

    Your host will introduce you to what the spirit is at its heart and how it is distilled and produced. You’ll learn where it originated and how it spread throughout the world.

  • Taste a Range of Rums

    Your host will guide you through the various styles and ageing methods and explain how different colonies created their own unique rums. During the session you’ll learn how to taste and nose like a pro.

  • Afters

    All our guided tastings take place down in our atmospheric vaults, just around the corner from our subterranean cocktail bar, the Cellar Bar. Why not stick around to sample some of our seasonal menu after the class?

  • Food

    Cold food pairings are available for private tastings on request.

  • Our public rum tastings run one Saturday per month from 3pm

Group Enquiry

If you want to make a private booking for a group, or have any specific needs that require our attention, our enquiry form is the fastest route to the answers you need. Once completed, one of our team will be in touch.

Group Enquiry

Locations

We have a range of dedicated event spaces in which to hold our tastings, Public Tastings are usually held for between around 10 and 20 people to ensure the most in-depth and interactive experience for all our guests but for private tastings we can accommodate up to 50 guests or even more with enough prior notice. Depending on class-size, you may find yourself in one of the following:

The Vaults
The former cells of the Victorian police station that once occupied our venue, now converted into intimate booths, perfect for smaller tasting sessions.

The Orangery
Our biggest event-space and studio, set amongst hanging plants and large windows, the Orangery is perfect for sunny days with its bright airy atmosphere. Its spacious, L-shaped layout means it’s the optimum room for our bigger tasting sessions.

The Cinema
Our Cinema features reclaimed tiered theatre-seating for up to 52 guests making it another great option for our larger tasting sessions.

Public Tastings

Our range of public tastings are perfect for smaller groups of five or less. We run a rotating selection of classes in our vaults every Saturday at 3pm. At the moment, there’s rum, whisk(e)y and gin to choose from, and you’ll be joining a group of like-minded individuals.

Private Tastings

Our private tastings are perfect for groups of six or more keen to develop their appreciation for their chosen spirit. Every aspect of our private tastings are customizable, from your welcome drink all the way up to the bottles you’ll be working your way through on the day. Get in touch today.

Buy Gift Vouchers

Purchasing for somebody else and aren’t sure when they’ll want to join us? Our gift vouchers are the ideal option. You’ll receive a beautifully presented voucher in the post, there’s also the option of digitally-downloadable PDF vouchers if you’re running short on time!

Whsik(e)y Tastings

Taste your way around the world of whisk(e)y on one of our weekly tasting sessions. Be guided through a selection of 7 expressions and learn more about the history and production of the liquid.

Gin Tastings

From mother’s ruin to indie darling, gin’s more popular now than ever, taste your way through the history and production process of this celebrated spirit on one of our monthly gin tastings.

Cocktail Classes

Our cocktail classes are 100% interactive, every guest makes and drinks a selection of five cocktails using their own equipment and area behind one of our custom-built cocktail bars. Private bookings available, any time, any size.

  • We did a gin tasting here. It was very informative and entertaining and we got to try a LOT of gin! The venue is very atmospheric, cool without being pretentious. Amazing range of spirits in the bottle shop and behind the bar.

    Andy Southcombe

    Google Review

  • A great gin tasting experience! Super fun, interesting and lots of gin to go round, plus we got to go onto the exclusive roof terrace with wonderful views of London afterwards. The staff are also all very friendly. Highly recommend!

    Leila Robertson

    Google Review

  • Absolutely brilliant. I went for a beer tasting with my friend and not only did we try some amazing beers but were given a great overview of the history of beer. Everyone was very friendly and I would highly recommend this to anyone especially a group of people.

    Ed Bird

    Google Review

  • We did the Whisky tasting and it was great experience. Sasa was an excellent host, easy to recommend the tasting to anyone that is interested in learning more about Whisky or just want to have an enjoyable afternoon.

    Edre van Rensburg

    Google Review

Group Enquiry

If you want to make a private booking for a group, or have any specific needs that require our attention, our enquiry form is the fastest route to the answers you need. Once completed, one of our team will be in touch.

Group Enquiry

We currently host 2 hours tastings sessions on Saturdays at 3pm rotating through whisky, gin, rum and Agave/Tequila.

Yes absolutely, we will need to clear the table but will be able to find you another table to enjoy a few drinks at.

All our experiences are held in our multifaceted flagship venue, TT Liquor on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, East London. We are within walking distance of Liverpool St. Station, Old Street tube station and Shoreditch High Street and Hoxton overground stations.

Spirit tastings run for 2 hours including a short break in the middle.

You can book as far in advance as you like. Our tastings are always on the same days of the week or month, and this is unlikely to change.

Previous One-Off Tasting Events

Tasting Sessions – Cabby’s Rum

The inaugural set of tasting sessions was led by Moses Odong, of the multi-award-winning Mile End-based Cabby’s Rum.

Delivered in his beloved black cab, his white rum constitutes the first ever entirely produced in London, and the awards speak for themselves – Cabby’s picked up four at the International Wine and Spirits Competition this summer.

Just as comfortable being sipped neat, as it is alongside a mixer, Moses’ liquid has certainly shaken up the rum game and opened our eyes to the full potential of white rum.

Moses is keen to spread the word, and get London “talking the rum language”

Included in the session was a rum-soaked welcome cocktail, followed by a guided tasting of Moses’ award-winning range.

Tasting Sessions – Gosling’s Rum

We moved into March with another exclusive Tasting Session, this time courtesy of the guys over at venerable Bermuda-based rum producers, Gosling’s.

Learn the story of how the brand’s founder James Gosling, who set out from England to America in 1806 with £10,000 worth of merchandise, unexpectedly landing in Bermuda where they remained for over 127 years.

The team took us on a journey into rum’s infamous past, revealing tales of pillaging pirates, cures for baldness, signature cocktails, and body preservations.

Tasting Sessions – FAIR. Spirits

Our second tasting session was led by Paul Bungener, Global Brand Ambassador for FAIR. Spirits.

Coinciding nicely with FAIRtrade Fortnight, Paul showed attendees that drinking a spirit neat or on the rocks needn’t necessarily come with any guilt attached.

FAIR. are a drinks and spirits company dedicated to ethical business practice. They believe in treating all people fairly, and this belief has taken them all over the world to source the best ingredients for their high-quality spirits – and to make sure the people sourcing them are treated fairly and equally.

Guests were treated to a complimentary welcome cocktail, before getting the chance to taste a wide selection of their Fairtrade spirits and liqueurs, including their Quinoa Vodka, Belize Rum, and handcrafted selection of liqueurs

Bar downstairs in the TT Cellar Bar.

Bar Bookings

Book yourself an alcove in our subterranean cocktail bar tucked away underneath our liquor store, the Cellar Bar. We serve out seasonal cocktail menus designed around different journeys or concepts accompanied by a soulful soundtrack.

Inside flagship venues liquor store

Online Liquor Store

We are gradually taking our Liquor store online, it includes a growing selection of bottles as well as vouchers for our entire range of experiences and ticketed events. Browse our full selection of wares, ranging from rare bottles, to mixers, to bartending staple.

A mixologist teaches a virtual cocktail class at TT Liquor on Kingsland Road, east London

Virtual Classes

In 2020 we took our cocktail classes digital, offering virtual versions of our interactive mixology masterclasses. We send you everything you need including all the spirits, liqueurs and mixers, fresh fruit and a full professional cocktail kit for you to keep afterwards.