Gin has a rich and colourful history. From crazes to palaces, it has offered courage in battle, sparked riots and provoked law changes. It has been a medicine, a key cocktail ingredient and it even played a part in locating the magnetic north pole.
The Gin Guild aims to ensure gin’s prominent place in the future, by bringing together gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of gin.
The Gin Guild promotes and encourages commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.
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.
Lesley Gracie appointed Grand Rectifier
Hendrick’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, is the new Grand Rectifier of The Gin Guild, she was installed at The Mansion House and takes over from Dr. Anne Brock.
Speaking of how the landscape of the Gin Industry has been transformed, Lesley commented: “Back when I first started playing with the recipe that would become Hendrick’s Gin over 20 years ago, it was almost impossible to conceive that gin could regain its historic popularity and be as loved as it is today, or indeed that there would ever be a need for a Gin Guild.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable the difference there is these days, with the abundance of new gins, distilleries and the amazing number of real gin fans that we are now seeing. It’s this diversity that makes the industry so exciting. This industry is full of great people doing exciting things.”