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.
Dr. Anne Brock appointed Grand Rectifier
Bombay’s Master Distiller Dr. Anne Brock is the first female head of The Gin Guild, the industry body celebrating excellence in the distillation and worldwide promotion of the spirit. Dr. Brock has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. After working as lead distiller at the Bermondsey Distillery for four years, Dr. Brock was appointed Master Distiller for Bombay Sapphire in 2017, working at the Laverstoke Mill distillery in Hampshire with Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti.
Dr. Brock, who spent two years working as a bartender before completing her university studies, brings technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of the gin category to her role leading Bombay Sapphire’s team of 16 distillers.