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
    • I: Juniper and citrus and
    • II: Spicy, herbal, etc.
  • The micro-distilling/ craft distilling movement
  • Gin quality management
  • Future perspectives for gin and Gin and its importance in Cocktails.

See for films of previous events and more.

Booking tickets & more information

Discounted rate apply for Gin Guild members and those booked via Gin Guild members, or for students (on production at the event of a current student card).

Timings & more details of this event:

9.00 Registration

12.30 Light lunch and refreshments included

17.30 End


London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB Find it now

Speakers at this Gin Guild event:

  • Christopher Hayman, Hayman Distillers
  • Nicholas Cook, The 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.


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.

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.

Guild Membership

Membership is open to all (subject to gin distillers and brand owners meeting the Guild Gin specification).

Applications for membership of the Guild should be addressed to the Guild Director General (see contact details).

Benefits of Guild Membership

As detailed in the Guild objectives, membership will bring together Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin.

The Guild will 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 will 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).

Guild Promotion

The Guild Website will be regularly up-dated and the Guild will produce a regular magazine covering both Guild events and gin articles.

Education and Development

The Guild will develop its links and encourage further education and research into gin, and will work with the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London and the Distillation Department of Minnesota University, USA.

For Gin Guild information and further details, contact:

Nicholas Cook, Director General, The Gin Guild, The Gimlet, 199 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AE, England.

Telephone 020 33 97 27 37 Email or visit

The Gin Guild is the trading name of The Gin Guild Limited Company Number: 08148932