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Feathers set for sloe gin competition

The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock, holder of the Guinness World Record for the largest number of gins, totalling 181 bottles, is searching for the best sloe gin in the UK. 

The Sloe Gin Challenge will be held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November with the judging will take place on Friday and the open public day on the Saturday.

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Both home brewers and commercial producers can enter, with a prize being awarded for the best in each category. The top three gins from each category will then go head-to-head in order to crown an overall winner.

The first day of the challenge will see expert judges blind sample and score each of the gins out of a total score of 100. They include Adam Pawlowski, head sommelier at the Michelin-star Northcote Manor in Lancashire; Rob Clayton, Michelin star chef at Clayton’s Kitchen at the Porter in Bath; David Smith at Summer Fruit Cup; and Craig Harper who is the on-trade manager at Fever-Tree

The second day will be a ticketed event open to the public, priced at £15 per person with the chance to enjoy a short welcome talk before sampling the award-winning gins.

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