Ginposium seminar returns to explore latest issues around gin

The Botanical Dry Room Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill

A one-day seminar is being organised for the trade by The Gin Guild to share knowledge and expertise on all things gin.

Now in its second year, the Ginposium will take place in London on April 30, featuring some of the world’s most respected figures in the drinks industry.

It will cover a range of topics, including distilling your own base spirit, the importance of brand ambassadorship, the impact of the water used, and the factors that can affect flavour and cause aroma damage once in the bottle.

It is hosted by The Gin Guild, working with Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre of Brewing and Distilling (ICBD), the celebrated teaching and research facility based on a partnership between industry and academics.

Professor Alex Speers of Heriot-Watt University will give an introductory session on sensory evaluation. Other speakers will include Rachel Rees of food and drink consultancy Campden BRI, Mark Gamble of Union Distillers which makes Two Birds Gin, and Dr Anne Brock from Bermondsey Distillery which makes Jensen’s Gin.

Also speaking will be Adnams distiller John McCarthy, Hendrick’s Gin global ambassador Duncan McRae, Dan Thwaites of Jam Jar Gin, Jamie Walker from EWG Spirit & Wine which makes G’Vine Gin, and Sam Surl, a expert on gin in the on-trade after running bars such as Alphabet in London.

There will be a tutored tasting of gins led by gin specialist and writer David Smith of Summer Fruit Cup while craft spirits expert Michael Vachon, head of brand development at Maverick Drinks, will tackle the issue of what are “artisan” and “craft” gins.

Nik Fordham, master distiller of Bombay Sapphire Gin, will talk about the development of the brand’s new Laverstoke Mill distillery in Hampshire (pictured).

Alex said: “With the resurgence of gin more prominent than ever, there is so much ground to cover. Attendees will benefit from the diverse and interactive programme which addresses a wide topic range, from marketing gin to distilling methods and of course, some tastings to illustrate and lighten the load.”

The Ginposium will take place on April 30 at The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London from 9am to 6pm. Tickets are £90 plus VAT or at a discounted rate of £75 plus VAT for Gin Guild members and distilling students with a student card. Visit for details.

Nicholas Cook, director of The Gin Guild, said: “This year’s Ginposium promises to be another unique and informative event which will provide attendees with in-depth knowledge and expertise on a range of gin topics, covered by a selection of speakers who are highly regarded in their field.

“As an industry association that looks after the interests of the gin category, we are delighted once again to be able to bring so many gin experts together under one roof to host this compelling event.”

The Gin Guild is a spirit trade body founded by four major gin distilling companies, Bacardi, Diageo, William Grant and Sons and Chivas Brothers, but representing the gin industry as a whole.

The Guild brings together gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of gin to promote and encourage commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.

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