The highest accolade that Gin Magazine bestows is to induct members into its Hall of Fame. These individuals are drawn from distillers, company owners and writers, all linked in that they have left a lasting mark on the gin industry. It is a permanent tribute to the people whose work in gin is cherished and enjoyed.
Liveryman Nicholas Cook, who after 10 years is shortly to retire as inaugural Director General of the Gin Guild, was one of four inducted to the Hall of Fame in this year’s Gin Magazine awards, alongside Joanne Moore, the Master Distiller at G&J Greenalls, Philip Moore, Distiller at Distillery Boanica in Australia and Carolus Nolet Sr., the Chairman and owner of Nolet Distillery in Schiedam in Holland. Nicholas joins existing Hall of Fame fellow liverymen and gin legends: Charles Maxwell, Christopher Hayman and Desmond Payne.
Nicholas’s citation read:
“During his tenure, Nicholas has helped to build the Gin Guild into a globally recognised body that connects and supports all corners of the Gin industry. It hosts forums for members to meet and network, provides resources, training and events to members and non-members, and recognises quality amongst products and producers.
The organisation is also connecting with gin drinkers and helping them to better understand what is in the glass via it’s Gin-Note [flavour profiling concept].
Through Nicholas’s direction The Gin Guild is standing up for the integrity of the Gin category; it has taken a firm stance against products that do not meet the regulatory requirements to be called ‘gin’ but nonetheless attempt to trade on the spirits good name. In leading the development of a platform for all in the gin industry, and encouraging the spirit of custodianship amongst them, Nicholas is helping to secure a bright future for the world of gin.”