Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and Ontaro-Based Levenswater Gin Make A Perfect Pairing For A Spring Botanical Afternoon Tea

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Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto welcomes spring with a Botanical Afternoon Tea in partnership with award-winning Niagara Region artisanal gin producer Levenswater and their carefully-crafted Spring 34 gin. Gin-inspired menu offers aromatic delights to afternoon tea-goers and gin connoisseurs alike.

Inspired by the 34 botanicals and aromatics used in the creation of Levenswater Spring 34 and the city's budding taste for gin cocktails. 

The Botanical Afternoon Tea skillfully incorporates key Spring 34 ingredients such as coriander, lavender, rose, chamomile, cardamom, blood orange and juniper, and is served alongside a Levenswater based cocktail, In-Harmony. Created exclusively by Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto's head barman Chris Rail, the In-Harmony highlights Levenswater's exceptional spring-like aromas by pairing the gin with elderflower, citrus, hibiscus, and bitters. 


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Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto's Head Pastry Chef, Jolan Thiry, created a selection of pastries for the seasonal tea including: a zephyr rosemary panacotta with apple celery gel, coriander crumble and poached apple; a juniper berry yogurt mousse and rhubarb compote; and a "French 75" tart with lemon and Spring 34 curd, prosecco and lavender meringue. Featured savouries include smoked salmon, avocado and coriander on sourdough black bread and Levenswater-soaked golden sultana scones.

Inspired by the sights, sounds and diversity of Toronto's Kensington Market and the spirit of Ontario, Levenswater Spring 34 features flavor notes of lavender, coriander, rosehips, chamomile and lemongrass created with an innovative and complex distillation and infusion process unlike that of any other Canadian gin. 

Designed to deliver an aroma experience separate from the flavour of the gin, Levenswater marries a traditional method of cold compounding with a unique multi-phased approach to infuse their proprietary blend of 34 botanicals and aromatics.


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Their four step distillation process balances flavor, color, and aromatics to create an award-winning gin, most recently named "Best Canadian Compound Gin" at the February 2019 World Gin Awards in London, UK.

"Shangri-La hospitality is about creating exceptional experiences for our guests and providing bespoke offerings that add to the element of luxury," said Ron Pellerine, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. "Levenswater is a local, world-class gin producer with a likeminded philosophy, and therefore a natural partner for our Botanical Afternoon Tea."


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"We take a lot of pride in the craftsmanship and care that goes into Spring 34, and are excited to showcase our award-winning gin in this unique way," said Paul Allamby, co-founder of Levenswater. "Our gin takes people on an aromatic journey. I'm sure that afternoon tea-goers will appreciate the sensory and taste experience that this Botanical tea offers."

The Botanical Afternoon Tea is available through May 31, 2019. Priced at CAD75 (about USD57), the Botanical Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the Lobby Lounge with live music daily starting at 2:30 p.m.

Advanced booking is required. For online reservations please visit www.shangri-la.com/toronto/shangrila/dining/bars-lounges/lobby-lounges/.

ABOUT SHANGRI-LA HOTELS AND RESORTS

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.


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ABOUT LEVENSWATER

Founded in 2017, Levenswater is a Canadian small-batch premium craft gin distilled in Niagara Falls, Canada. Originating from the Dutch word for "water of life," Levenswater uses Dutch and Belgian traditions of botanically infusing gin with bold flavours and carefully crafted aromas. Its award-winning Spring 34 is specially crafted to take one on a journey of the senses, using 34 botanicals to create a complex gin with an evocative, spicy finish. Levenswater is available for purchase at levenswatergin.com. Please enjoy responsibly.

  
Website: www.shangri-la.com
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