Our annual Ginposium gin industry event is going online on 12th June – all of the sessions from Ginposium 2020 will be available on this website from 12th June at 9am GMT.

What is Ginposium?

The Leading Gin industry event where some of the world’s most respected personalities and experts from the drinks and gin trade come together to discuss the state of the gin industry and share their knowledge and expertise on all things gin at this Gin Guild organised event.

The Ginposium was a perfect blend of content – from professional advice to thought provoking new products”.

Who is speaking at Ginposium 2020?

Speaker(s)Details OrganisationAbout
Dr Anne BrockOpening remarks and introduction to the Gin Guild.The Gin Guild
Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild and Master Distiller, Bombay Sapphire
Professor Scott Allen, CEng FIChemEFlaming Heck! - Safety compliance by design. Mitigating the dangers implicit in storage and production/working with high ABV spirit.Allen Associates (HPE) LtdManaging Director
Ivan BellStorytelling, perception and truth - A look at how well executed distinctive packaging design can add value to your brand.Stranger & Stranger Packaging design and branding
Will EdgeBeyond the soundbite - integrating sustainability into your distillery.
Download Will's Sustainability Checklist now
Greensand Ridge Distillery – winner of the 2019 Distillery Sustainability Award from the Spirits Business
David T SmithTutored gin tasting - what’s new for 2020?
The world of gin is a fast-paced environment with constant innovation and there have been many new releases since last year’s Ginposium. This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends on which to keep an eye.
Summerfruitcup.comSpirit Author and Gin Judge
Panel Discussion: - From confinement to
emergence – how we’ll work through COVID-19
Chairman: Dr Anne Brock and Industry Panel
Joanne MooreThe good the bad and the ugly - A mindful innovation approach for Flavoured gins and the role of botanicals and flavours within this ever expanding category.Quintessential Brands Group Master Distiller
Alice PearsonColour me beautiful - A wider application of the Gin-Note flavour profiling methodology (in distillery visitor tasting Experiences) to describe gin flavours.The Cotswold Distilling Company Ltd.New Product Development
Gary GrantLicensed to Spill - Licensing in the time of Coronavirus - opportunities and challenges
Francis Taylor Building, Inner TempleLicensing Barrister
Natasha CurtinStir Creativity - How Bombay Sapphire built an iconic brand
Bacardi Global BrandsGlobal Vice President, Bombay Sapphire
Stephen Gould Casting an Eagle eye on the US gin sceneGolden Moon DistilleryFounder / Master Distiller - Golden Moon Distillery

Find out more about the 2019 event and The Gin Guild:

Read more about the 2019 Ginposium event

As ever in 2020 the Gin Guild will ensure that the quality content is made available to the widest possible audience and that it remains accessible, as part of its mission to educate and inform the industry, media and beyond, by having the event professionally filmed and then placing the edited content on this website.

Resources from the 2019 event now available to download

Ginposium 2019 programme
A leaf out of your book Developments in the botanical trade and how, in an expanding market and with variable climate conditions, one deals with quality control. Tommy Haughton Beacon Commodities
Bottling it Glass innovation – Bespoke or off the shelf, decoration, size and the design process. Design trends and innovation. Brand penetration, line extensions and scalability. Nolan Kane Allied Glass
Dark satanic stills? What today are the ‘stills traditionally used for gin? How does your still design affect your gin? Dr Anne Brock Bombay Sapphire
Growing pains Dead kings, grotesque gins and mighty big explosion. The journey from kitchen to micro distillery. A guide for distillery startups. Ben Marston, Puddingstone Distillery
Tutored gin tasting What’s new for 2019? This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends to keep an eye on. David T Smith SummerfruitCup.com
Structuring Sensory Practices for Gin Quality & Innovation Regardless of style, base spirit neutrality is extremely important. Off-notes cause adverse effect on flavour consistency and stability. Evelyne Canterranne FlavorActiV
Gin-personator! Protecting your brand & IP against look-a-likes and infringers Ciara Cullen RPC
Innovation and Educators clear the path for imitators and disrupters Tom Warner Warner’s Distillery
Gordon’s Gin: 250 years young 2019 is the 250th anniversary for Tanqueray Gordon & Co’s iconic gin. Notes on its recipe for success. Terry Fraser Joanne McKerchar Diageo
Striking the balance between creativity and compliance With increasing numbers of complaints about small and independent gins, it is more important than ever to stay on the right side of the Codes. Alistair Taylor The Portman Group
Ripsnorter – The gin view from Australia Stuart Gregor Four Pillars Distillery

For films of previous events and more
See www.theginguild.com

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 brings together Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin.

The Guild 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 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 is regularly updated and the Guild produce a regular magazine covering both Guild events and gin articles.

Education and Development

The Guild develop its links and encourage further education and research into gin, and 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.