Introducing… Desmond Payne, Beefeater Gin

7th February, 2024

Desmond Payne Master Distiller Emeritus at Beefeater Gin

50 years, eight gins, one Lifetime Achievement Award from The Gin Guild, an MBE and now the Ambassadorial role of Master Distiller Emeritus at Beefeater’s, Desmond Payne still isn’t quite ready to put his feet up.

A man who is determined to live in the present and concentrate on the exciting things that are going on today, who started out as a 19 year old a management trainee with Seager, Evans & Co, a London-based wine and spirits company which owned Plymouth Distillery.