Ginposium 3rd June 2014

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London


The Gin Guild joined with Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling (ICBD), to present a one-day advanced seminar on gin for the trade in early summer 2014.

The series of seminars, held at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden was wide ranging and topics included:

  • Gin categories and legal definitions
  • Gin brands past and present and the importance of brand and marketing to ensure sales & success
  • Creating gin flavour – the effect of different stills (including the use of pot still, carter-head and vacuum stills)
  • Botanicals and novel botanicals
  • Two tutored tasting of gins:
    • Juniper and citrus
    • Spicy, herbal, etc.
  • The micro-distilling/ craft distilling movement
  • Gin quality management
  • Future perspectives for gin and Gin and its importance in Cocktails.

Speakers at this Gin Guild event

  • Christopher Hayman, Hayman Distillers
  • Nicholas CookThe Gin Guild
  • Professor Paul Hughes, Heriot- Watt University/International Centre for Brewing and Distilling
  • John McCarthy, Adnams Distillers & Brewers, winner of the 2013 IWSC Gin Trophy
  • David T Smith, Author of ‘The Craft of Gin’ and upcoming titles, ‘Forgotten Spirits & Long-Lost Liqueurs’ and ‘How to Make Gin’. He runs the website, and is an international spirits competition judge.
  • Mark Gamble, Union Distillers – Two Birds gins
  • Ross Aylott, Partner – Aylott Scientific
  • Charles Maxwell, Director and Master Distiller, Thames Distillers
  • Tristan Stephenson, Mixologist, drinks industry expert and director of Fluid Movement – author of The Curious Bartender – The artistry and alchemy of creating the perfect cocktail.


London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB

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