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.

For films of previous events and more

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.

About the Gin Guild

The Guild operates as a limited company, with the board of directors being appointed by the Worshipful Company Of Distillers, who hold the shares, and include brand owners, master distillers, associated industry representatives and those with wide gin industry experience.

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

Networking & events

A key benefit of Guild membership is the opportunity to network. The Guild has at least two formal functions a year, at which Guild installations take place. Both offer exceptional hospitality and opportunities for key guests to be invited.

The Spring Installation is combined with the Gin Industry Annual Dinner. Our Autumn Gin Guild Installation event is the more formal of our two installations. It is held at The Mansion House, in the heart of the City of London. Members and their guests are also invited to join our parent company, the Worshipful Company of Distillers, at their Annual Banquet, which follows the Guild Installation.

Guild events offer a quality and worthwhile entertaining programme and support to Guild members, alongside participation in other events (including those of our own creation), to a wider audience.

Prestige and Recognition

Join and be an active member in an organisation supported by many of the world’s leading gin brands, their distillers and colleagues, and celebrate and promote excellence in the distillation and promotion of gin.


We provide opportunities, especially for smaller members, to have their products made available to a wider and focused market.

Industry Events

The Guild organises and hosts one of the highlights of the year, the annual Ginposium. This is a one-day trade and industry conference, with many cutting edge seminars on gin topics, from production to marketing. Open to trade, industry, distilling students, and others interested in the subject, these events have been a great success. See film footage of previous events on our website.


The Guild sponsors key gin awards within the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). These include the London Dry Gin of the Year and the Distilled Contemporary Gin of the Year.

The Gin Guild Website

The Guild website is an active resource, promoting events, lectures and member companies and brands. There is a members only section.


The significant growth in the number of distilleries producing gins means that there are now a growing and often confusing number of gin styles and tastes to navigate.

The Gin Guild, in consultation with over sixty brands, launched (copyright and Trade Mark), for use by brands.  Gin-Note™ is intended to be a simple flavour indicator of a gin. It is not intended to replace a brands own label but is intended to be a navigational aid. Gin Guild brands listed to date with Gin-Note entries:

Category Protection

The Guild, working in conjunction with Trading Standards (with whom a Primary Authority partnership exists via Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards), also has a material role in enforcement and protection of the category. It calls out and seeks correction by beverage brands who claim their products are ‘gin’, but which do not comply with the EU/UK regulations which cover spirit production and sale.

The Guild, in connection with the above, by way of assistance and clarification has already published two key guidance notes interpreting the above regulations. These provide information on how to label no and low alcohol products which emulate (but which are not gin), and gin liqueurs. This guidance is known as Approved Guidance and is formally issued by our Primary Authority partnership, and approved by DEFRA.