Ginposium 2017  8th June 2017

A one day advanced seminar on gin and gin distilling

8th June 2017 at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Some of the world’s most respected personalities and experts from the drinks and gin trade will be coming together to discuss the state of the gin industry and share their knowledge and expertise on all things gin, in the fourth annual Gin Guild organised Ginposium seminar.

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Booking tickets & more information

Ginposium 8th June 2017, RSA House, London

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* Discounted rates apply for Gin Guild members and those booked via Gin Guild members,or distilling students – undergraduate and post graduate. Proof of status will be required to be produced.

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Speakers at this Gin Guild event:

  • Martin Riley, The Gin Guild
  • Matthew Pauley, Heriot Watt University
  • Daniel Szor, Cotswold’s Distillery
  • Tarquin Leadbetter, Tarquin’s Gin
  • Joanne Moore, G&J Distillers
  • David T Smith,
  • Sion Edwards, Langley Distillery/Alcohols Ltd
  • Olivier Ward, Gin Foundry
  • Michael Clancy, FDT Consulting Engineers
  • Sam Carter Bombay Sapphire
  • Henric Molin, Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn AB
  • Michael Cruickshank, Xix Bar

Speakers subject to change.

Timings & more details of this Gin event:











Opening remarks and the Gin Guild

Martin Riley, Grand Rectifier,
The Gin Guild



Botanicals and Boffins. Where science meets art
What improvements can be made to gin by the technical application of science and the latest research? 

Matthew Pauley, Associate Professor,
Heriot Watt University



Come up and see me some time
The benefits of visitor friendly distilleries.

Daniel Szor,
Cotswold’s Distillery



Medals and marketing
The effect of spirit competition wins on marketing a brand.

Tarquin Leadbetter,
South-Western Distillery/Tarquin’s Gin



Coffee and networking




Barrow-loads of Botanicals
The dangers of using too many/conflicting botanicals merely for the sake of numbers.

Joanne Moore,
G&J Distillers



Tutored gin tasting
(Details to be advised)

David T Smith,
Spirit Author and Gin Judge, from SummerfruitCup



Panel Discussion: Adapting or abused?
Does the Gin category need tighter definitions or not? 

  • Charles Maxwell (Thames Distillers)
  • Tarquin Leadbetter (South-Western Distillery/Tarquin’s Gin)
  • Geraldine Coates (Gintime editor and author of Gin - ISBN: 9781853757884)
  • Olivier Ward (Gin Foundry)

Chairman: Ian Buxton,
Author of 101 Gins to try before you die



First impressions (the winner by a nose was…)
The importance of aroma for a gin brand.

Sion Edwards,
Distiller at Langley Distillery/Alcohols Ltd



Lunch and networking




Selling the stuff!
Branding & marketing in a promiscuous purchasing environment.

Olivier Ward,
Gin Foundry



Working Wisely
An overview of Safety and Environmental concerns for Distillers.

Michael Clancy,
FDT Consulting Engineers



Still waters run deep
Vapour, Vacuum and pot – and the impact on mouth-feel and aroma.

Sam Carter,
Bombay Sapphire

David T Smith,
Spirit Author



Tea and networking




Science and nature
The importance for gin distillers of chemical analysis (such as GCMS, HPLC and ICP-MS analysis), to ensure botanical quality control and assurance.

Henric Molin is a chemist by education and has dedicated the last 20 years to the science of creating scent and taste components for foodstuffs and foremost beverages – including gin.

Henric Molin,
Founder and Owner,
Spirit of Hven Backafallsbyn AB



Spanish Practices
The rise of the gin phenomenon - as seen from Spain, one of the leading markets.

Michael Cruickshank,
Xix Bar, Barcelona



Gin & Tonic and networking
The London Essence Company is inspired by traditions established towards the end of the 19th century, skilfully distilling the essence of fine fruits and botanicals to create elegant, contemporary mixers.

The first all-light mixer collection, each delicate drink has been crafted in collaboration with esteemed bartender and gin producer, Nick Strangeway, to enable the flavour of its chosen spirits partner to shine through.

The collection includes: Classic London Tonic; Grapefruit and Rosemary Tonic; Bitter Orange and Elderflower Tonic; and Delicate Ginger Ale.


RSA HOUSE, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Find out more about the Gin Guild:

Gin Specification

The Guild only recognises gin styles produced by distilling ethyl alcohol in stills traditionally used for gin, in the presence of juniper berries and other botanicals – provided that the juniper taste is predominant.

Gin Guild Management

The strategy of the Guild is set by a Management Committee made up of representatives from the four largest UK gin distillers (Diageo, Grants, Bacardi and Chivas), with other Guild members and Liverymen from the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

The titular head of the Guild is the Grand Rectifier. The four largest distilling companies are represented by Founder Wardens. Other gin distillers are represented by Warden Rectifiers. Individual Guild members are known as Rectifiers.

Gin Guild Membership

Membership is open to all (subject to gin distillers and brand owners meeting the Gin Guild Gin specification).

Applications for membership of the Guild should be addressed to the Gin Guild Director General (see contact details).

Benefits of Gin Guild Membership

As detailed in the Guild objectives, membership will bring together Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin.

The Guild will annually arrange, co-host and/or facilitate access for Guild members to a programme of gin related events and celebrations.

Current details are available on request, but will include:

  • Annual Gin tasting event
  • Guild installation ceremonies (including an option for full members of Guild installation at the prestigious venue of the Mansion House, London, followed by a combined Banquet with the Worshipful Company of Distillers in the famous Egyptian Hall).

Gin Guild Promotion

The Gin Guild Website will be regularly up-dated and the Guild will produce a regular magazine covering both Guild events and gin articles.

Education and Development

The Guild will develop its links and encourage further education and research into gin, and will work with the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London and the Distillation Department of Minnesota University, USA.

For Gin Guild information and further details, contact:

Nicholas Cook, Director General, The Gin Guild, The Gimlet, 199 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AE, England.

Telephone 020 33 97 27 37 Email or visit

The Gin Guild is the trading name of The Gin Guild Limited Company Number: 08148932