Ginposium 12th May 2016

A one day advanced seminar on gin and gin distilling

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London

Some of the world’s most respected personalities and experts from the drinks and gin trade joined forces on 12th May 2016 to share their knowledge and expertise on all things gin, in the third annual Gin Guild organised Ginposium seminar.

The Gin Guild was once again delighted to present this one-day advanced seminar on gin for the trade.

The seminar was held at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.

See for films of previous events and more.

Booking tickets & more information

Discounted rates 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).

Price £79 for Gin Guild members. £99 for members of the public and non-members. Book online or for further details please contact 

Speakers at this Gin Guild event:

Timings & more details of this Gin event:

9.00 - 9.15



9.15 - 9.30

Opening remarks and the Gin Guild

Martin Riley,
Grand Rectifier
The Gin Guild

09.30 - 10.00

Launching and marketing a new product (illustrated with the launch of the Adnams gin range).

Emma Hibbert,
Head of Corporate Affairs
Adnams Gin

10.00 - 10.30

UKTI speaker (exports)

Robert Furse,
Sector specialist: Food and Drink

10.30 - 11.00



11.00 - 11.30

Influences of different base spirits on gin (With samples).

Charles Maxwell,
Thames Distillers Ltd

11.30 - 12.00

Better by design – The importance of the designer bottle in promotion and sale of your designer gin

Bernard Gormley,
Nude Design

12.00 - 12.30

Gin: An Education

Professor Katherine Smart,
SABMiller plc and Institute of Brewing & Distilling

12.30 - 13.00

Tutored tasting of gins: Terroir. Does it matter? The French word that translates to "of the earth," and is used mostly in wine contexts to describe the soil, water, climate and other local factors of its provenance. Can certain environmental conditions surrounding where a gin is produced have a direct impact on the final product and flavor profiles? (With Samples)

David T Smith, - Gin competition judge and independent journalist.

13.00 - 14.00



14.00 - 14.30

The effect of different botanical fixatives. Hit or myth? (With samples)

Dr Anne Brock, Bermondsey Distillery

14.30 - 15.00

UK and EU legislation. What the future holds Challenges, opportunities what it means for gin.

15.00 - 15.30

Tutored tasting of gins: Innovation (With samples)

David T Smith, - Gin competition judge and independent journalist

15.30 - 16.00



16.00 - 16.30

The importance of ABV? The percentage game/gain? Many newer gins are moving away from the 37.4 and even 40% ABV norms - to impress or for good purpose?

Joanne Moore,
G&J Greenalls

16.30 - 17.00

Food-pairing with gin

Valentine Warner,
Chef on BBC’s What to Eat Now

17.00 - 17.45

Gin & Tonic and networking in the Theatre foyer


Additional session available:

18.30 - 20.00

Craft Spirits: Enemy or friend of global brands? Delegates are invited to attend (free of charge) the annual distillers city debate.

Please note that this event will take place at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their premises at King Edward Hall, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ

Hosted by the Worshipful company of Distillers, The distillers city debate is a third party event and may be subject to date amendment to suit the speakers.

Doors open: 6pm
Debate: 6.30pm–8pm
Distillers’ Bar: 8pm-8.45pm
Supper (£45): 8.30pm-10pm

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Gin Workshop at the Bermondsey Distillery

Wednesday 11th May 2016 - 10:00-15:30 with Dr. Anne Brock and David T Smith.

After its popularity during the last two London Cocktail Weeks, Dr Brock and David Smith are once again running their one-day workshop exploring designing and distilling your own gin. As well as instruction on the practical aspects of gin, the workshop will allow attendees to discuss the more nuanced aspects of bringing a spirit to market. Topics covered include: production methods, “making the cuts”, working with botanicals, and filtration.

10:00-15:30, Bermondsey Distillery, 55 Stanworth St, London SE1 3NY.

£234 (lunch included). Tickets available here

Special Offer: Buy a ticket for the Gin Guild Ginposium and receive 20% off the ticket price for the Gin Workshop.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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

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