Ginposium 2021 

ALL 2021 SESSIONS NOW AVAILABLE


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.

Patently Different – advances in still design

Abhi Banik, Head Distiller at Copper Rivet DistilleryAbhi Banik
Head Distiller
Copper Rivet Distillery

Distilling from 2016 and officially launched in 2017 by HRH the Princess Royal, Copper Rivet is Kent’s only Grain to Glass Distillery. It is based at (and absorbs the rich history of) Chatham’s Royal Dockyard.

The distillery’s headline gin is Dockyard Gin, crafted through the distilleries unique hand-made copper still ‘Janet’. In March 2020 Copper Rivet Distillery was awarded a patent for its Banik Still, which was developed to enhance maceration and vapour infusion.

Developed by and named in honour of Copper Rivet head distiller Abhi Banik, the still was created to address the “limitations of traditional distillation. Abhishek Banik is the Head Distiller and Technical Production Manager.

He has an advanced science background including a Masters of Science in Brewing and Distilling at the International Centre of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He worked as a research associate there, then enrolled for a PhD, during which time he was also employed by the University as a teaching assistant and worked on many government-funded KTP projects.

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See www.theginguild.com

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.