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London the venue for The Gin Guild’s fifth annual Ginposium

Experts from the world of gin will gather in London in June for The Gin Guild’s fifth annual Ginposium seminar.

The one-day event, which takes place on 7 June at RSA House, is once again expected to be a sell-out as representatives from the spirits and gin trade share their knowledge of all things gin.

Reflecting The Gin Guild’s increasingly international membership and outlook, the programme includes a presentation on what is happening to Gin in the USA. Other topics include a focus on base spirits, the dangers of using locally-foraged botanicals, using science to aid recipe development, starting a distillery, and a panel discussion on gin categories and aids to consumer understanding.

Nicholas Cook, director general of industry body The Gin Guild, says, “Due to the Ginposium’s growing popularity, we moved to a bigger venue last year and still sold out. With gin sales still growing both in the UK and worldwide, the excitement and interest in gin shows no sign of slowing. New brands and new distilleries are thriving alongside the continuing growth and commitment to excellence among the established brands.”

As the international gin industry member body, The Gin Guild continues its active role in promoting gin excellence across the world from gin’s historical home in London.

Speakers at the seminar include:

  • Ed Pilkington, Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild
  • James Firth, Forager for Fishers Gin
  • Dr Ullrich Dyer, Woodlab Distillery
  • Professor Katherine Smart, Surrey Copper Distillery Limited
  • Dr Christopher Smart, Surrey Copper Distillery Limited
  • Justin Hicklin, The Gin Guild
  • David T Smith, Spirit Author and Gin Judge, from Summerfruit Cup
  • Alexandre Sakon
  • Olivier Ward, Gin Foundry
  • Joanne Moore, G&J Distillers
  • Ben Ellefsen, Atom Brands
  • Simon Ford, Ford’s Gin
  • Sam Carter & Dr Anne Brock, Bombay Sapphire

Throughout the day, those attending the gin event in London will enjoy samples of the spirit, including a tutored tasting led by David T Smith of You can find David’s work for Gin Magazine here.

Tickets for Ginposium 2017 are priced at £125 plus VAT for Gin Guild members and £185 plus VAT for non-members. To buy tickets or find out more information about the seminar please visit

The Gin Guild provides an authoritative voice for gin, recognising excellence in distillation, and is a primary contact for media and commentators, publishing reference works and hosting events on gin. Members include distillers, marketing directors, bartenders, brand managers, writers and journalists. For more information visit

Photo: Michael Cruickshank from Xix Bar presents at the 2017 Ginposium at RSA House.

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