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.

The State of Gin – Panel Discussion:

Dr. Anne Brock
Bombay Sapphire / The Gin Guild

Dr. Anne Brock (The Gin Guild and Bombay Sapphire)
Dr. Georgia Billing (City of London Distillery)
Siobhan Feeley (Sacred)
Bernadette Pamplin (Under The Ginfluence / Craft Distilling Expo) (Chair)
Vanessa Piromallo (
Caroline Childerley (TheGinQueen)

Dr. Anne Brock is Bombay Sapphire’s Master Distiller and a Director of the Gin Guild. Educated at Oxford University, Anne achieved a PhD in Organic Chemistry from St. Catherine’s College and spent four years as lead distiller at a small distillery in central London. In September 2017, she joined the Bombay Sapphire team at the Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, bringing with her technical experience and a passion for and in-depth knowledge of the exciting and rapidly expanding gin category. Working alongside the Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti, Anne is responsible for fulfilling the global demand for Bombay Sapphire gin, leading the team of 16 distillers who produce every drop and bottle of Bombay Sapphire at Laverstoke, enjoyed around the world.
Anne is a Rectifier in the Gin Guild and is its current Grand Rectifier.

Dr. Georgia Billing is the General Manager at the City of London Distillery & Bar. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Research. Having grown up in the hospitality business, Georgia has worked in the bar industry since 2004.
Georgia now incorporates her own handmade ingredients, from cordials to vermouths, creating unique cocktail experiences for every customer. Georgia co-founded the Reina Lab., which produces bespoke ingredients for cocktail menus and competitions, using foraged botanicals wherever possible. Georgia’s bitters recipe won her a place in the New Malt Order, an international group of 12 innovative bartenders, who collectively made the first Bartender’s Malt scotch whisky. Georgia was also a top-ten finalist in the Diageo UK World Class bartender competition 2018.

Siobhan Feeley started fresh out of college working in The Oliver Conquest (OC), a little pub in the middle of Aldgate that specialised in gin. Her knowledge and passion for gin and spirits grew from there and through it she was introduced to Ian and Hilary, founders of Sacred Spirits in Highgate, north London. She joined them as an Apprentice Distiller, and is now Distiller and Distillery Manager.

Bernadette Pamplin of Under The Ginfluence writes for Gin Magazine and Distiller Magazine and works behind the scenes for the Craft Distilling Expo. She has judged for Gin of the Year, the World Gin Awards, Spirits Business Awards, Gin Guide Awards, IWSC and the American Distilling Institutes Judging of Craft Spirits, held in San Francisco.

Vanessa Piromallo ( started writing about gin in 2014. She’s the founder and Editor in chief of, the most read Italian website about Gin & Tonic, and a consultant for gin producers. Her mission is to spread the culture of gin in Italy and to make Italian gins known in the world.

Caroline Childerley launched ‘The Gin Queen’ in December 2013 to share her enthusiasm for gin and the people who make it.
Since then, she has launched Junipalooza Melbourne and Sydney with her business partners Spirits Society, and her business The Ginporium, Australia’s First Gin Concierge. She was the first Australian member to be inducted into The Gin Guild and in 2020 was named Icons of Gin ‘Communicator of the Year’.

The Gin Queen is now Australia’s most influential website dedicated to all things gin. Caroline was a Judge for Tasting Australia Spirits Awards 2019, The American Distilling Institute Spirits Competition 2020, Judge for World Gin Awards 2020 and Associate Judge for the 2017 & 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

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.

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.