Ginposium 2021 


The Distiller of London

Jared Brown/Anistatia Miller – The history of gin

Gin Ripples across the Pond

Natasha Bahrami – The Gin Girl: Gin and variants viewed from the USA

Gin distilling: from field to bottle

Kirsty Black, Head Distiller, Arbikie Distillery: Making your own base spirit (GNS)

The Richness of Nature

Rachel Sutherland, Flavour and Sensory Development Specialist, Warner’s Distillery: Developing a local true London Dry Gin reflecting local botanicals.

The State of Gin

Bernadette Pamplin (Chair)

Panel Discussion Juniper – Upfront and essential?

Aaron Knoll (Chair): How little is too little juniper for a gin to be considered a gin? A view from America.

Panel Discussion: What’s New?

Tasting with D T Smith (and panel)

Family Planning – Adding to the (brand) family

Rosie Milsom, Atom Brands: New Product Development

Winning Ways – Spirit Competitions – The benefit to brands

Dimple Athavia, IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition)

Patently Different – advances in still design

Abhi Banik, Head Distiller, Copper Rivet Distillery

Trespassers will be prosecuted

Nicholas Cook, The Gin Guild: Protecting the gin category

Scientific Exploration of Juniper

Matthew Pauley, the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University

Stay on top of Intellectual Property

Ciara Cullen, International law firm RPC: A helpful reminder and update on intellectual property issues.

What’s New – Gin Tasting 2021 with David T Smith

David T Smith
• Alice Pearson – Cotswolds Distillery
• Rosie Milsom- ATOM Brands
• Sarah Miller – Gin A Ding Ding
• Emma Stokes – Gin Monkey
• Bernadette Pamplin – Under The Ginfluence

• Tasting with David T Smith with • Alice Pearson - Cotswolds Distillery • Rosie Milsom- ATOM Brands • Sarah Miller - Gin A Ding Ding • Emma Stokes - Gin Monkey • Bernadette Pamplin - Under The Ginfluence

David T Smith is a gin specialist and spirits writer who has spoken at conferences, judges’ spirits competitions and consulted on gin projects on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a regular contributor to Gin Magazine and to the Gin Guild seminar programme. He is the author of many books about gin, including: ‘The Craft of Gin’, ‘How to Make Gin’, ‘Forgotten Spirits and Long-lost Liqueurs’ and “Gin, The Dictionary’.
David is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild.

Alice Pearson leads New Product Development for the Cotswolds Distillery, working with a variety of spirits including gin, whisky and liqueurs.

Bernadette Pamplin is an international spirits writer and judge. She started blog six years ago, and since then has judged for various awards in the UK and US, and written for publications like Gin Magazine and Distiller Magazine.

Emma Stokes, aka Gin Monkey, is an author, spirits judge, bartender and, during the day, scientist. Most importantly though, she is Chief of World Gin Day, a day which unites gin lovers across the world in their love of the juniper-flavoured spirit.
Emma is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild.

Rosie Milsom is Global Head of NPD at Atom Brands. With a demonstrated history of working in the spirits industry, she is a self-confessed packaging geek and flavour enthusiast, delighted by beauty, functionality and taste.
Rosie is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild.

Sarah Miller is the founder of Gin A Ding Ding, which launched in 2016. An experienced spirits judge and writer, Sarah also hosts the popular social media challenge #GinADayMay.

The Gins

Supercritical Gin – 47.0% ABV
Atom Brands
Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orange, Liquorice, Lime
Botanicals extracted by supercritical process, using super-chilled carbon dioxide in a “supercritical” state whereby it simultaneously behaves as a liquid and a gas.

Procera Green Spot – 47.0% ABV
Nairobi Distillers
Juniperus Procera and Juniperus Communis

Hendrick’s Amazonia – 43.4% ABV
William Grant & Sons
Based on the original Hendrick’s recipe, this has additional tropical botanicals inspired by Master Distiller Leslie Gracie’s botanical quest to the South American rainforest.

Citadelle Jardin d’été – 41.5% ABV
Maison Ferrand
Made using the classic 19 Citadelle Botanicals plus extra orange distilled via “progressive infusion”.
Yuzu peel, mango and lemon flesh are all vacuum distilled.

Bombay Sapphire Sunset – 43.0% ABV
Laverstoke Mill
The classic 10 Bombay Sapphire botanicals are joined by white cardamom, turmeric, and mandarin peel.

Adnam’s Jardin Mexicano – 40.0% ABV
Adnam’s Distillery
10 botanicals inspired by Mexican cuisines, including: avocado leaf, angelica leaf, angelica root, cassia bark, epazote, coriander, lime peel and Mexican oregano.

Cotswolds Wildflower #3 – 41.7% ABV
Cotswolds Distillery
A classic London dry gin with the addition of yarrow, mint, and a selection of genepi.

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale – 41.3% ABV
Charles Tanqueray & Co.
Based on the classic Tanqueray London Dry Gin, but with the addition of French blackcurrant, vanilla and black orchid.

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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 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 up-dated 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 and the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in London.