Trade to come together to debate gin at Ginposium

Hayman's new still 2Leading experts will come together to discuss the production and future of gin at a one-day seminar for the trade.

Taking place on June 3 in London, Ginposium will be hosted by The Gin Guild and Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling (ICBD)

Exclusively for the trade, it will cover a range of topics including creating gin flavour, the micro-distilling movement, gin categories and legal definitions, branding and marketing, novel botanicals, gin quality management, gin cocktails, and the future of gin.

There will also be two tutored tasting of gins including “juniper and citrus” and “spicy and herbal”.

The line-up of speakers will open with Christopher Hayman, grand rectifier of the Gin Guild and chairman of Haymans Distillers, and Paul Hughes, Heriot-Watt professor of brewing and distilling at ICBD.

Other speakers will include bartender Tristan Stephenson, author of The Curious Bartender and director of consultancy Fluid Movement which also operates The Worship Street Whistling Shop bar in London.

Other industry experts will include John McCarthy of Adnams Distillers, Mark Gamble of Union Distillers and Two Birds Gin, and Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers.

Nicholas Cook, director of The Gin Guild, said: “Being an industry association that looks after the interests of the gin category puts us in a unique position and allows us to bring gin experts together under one roof to host this compelling event.

“Following our very successful Gin Guild event during London Cocktail Week last year, we want to ensure we continue to raise the bar in providing thought-leading events and debates relating to gin that benefit the trade and ultimately the gin industry.”

Paul Hughes added: “I’m delighted to be working with The Gin Guild to bring together expertise on gin. There’s a huge amount of excitement around the category, which is reflected by the diversity of the programme that we have put together.”

The event will be held at The London Transport Museum in Convent Garden from 9am to 5.30pm on Tuesday June 3. Tickets are priced at £160 plus VAT or at a discounted rate of £150 plus VAT for Gin Guild members or students (on production of a valid student card).

The Gin Guild was set up in 2012 to promote and encourage commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.

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