Gin industry body The Gin Guild installed 21 new members at an exclusive ceremony held at Mansion House in London, bringing the total number of members to 195.
At the ceremony, held on the 7th October, the new members were ‘installed’ by The Gin Guild’s Grand Rectifier Martin Riley by swearing The Gin Guild’s oath to protect the spirit’s quality and production around the world, while holding juniper berries.
Mr Riley said:
“Over the past five years The Gin Guild has come a long way and has welcomed members from the UK and beyond, which is recognition to the fact that the gin trade is going from strength to strength worldwide.
“The Gin Guild exists to promote excellence and to protect the integrity and quality of the category and I take immense pride in the work being undertaken by our members in the dynamic development of gin.
“We offer a very warm welcome to those who joined us recently and look forward to welcoming new members in the future.”
Recently The Gin Guild and the Worshipful Company of Distillers expressed a wish for a dashing blade, which could be used in the Loving Cup ceremony, which is part of the induction of new members at the Mansion House dinner.
The Gin Guild’s first US Warden, Stephen Gould of Golden Moon Distillery in Colorado, sourced and donated a British Naval Dirk, circa 1750, which was presented to The Grand Rectifier Martin Riley and Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Douglas Morton at the installation ceremony.
The Gin Guild Membership is open to a range of gin industry players with various classes from Founder Wardens who are appointed by the four founder companies,Bacardi, Diageo, William Grant and Sons and Chivas Brothers; Warden Rectifiers, who include distillers, producers and brand owners, and Rectifiers, who have roles in the production, distribution and marketing of gin, including leading bartenders, journalists, marketing experts and educators.
The 21 new members in the October intake are:
- John Grieveson – Bacardi – John is Global Vice President for Bombay Sapphire and leads development of the gin.
- Jonathan Clark – City of London Distillery – Jonathan has launched several new gin styles and an iconic St Paul’s Cathedral based bottle.
- Daniel Szor – Cotswolds Distillery – Daniel has seen the expansion of his distillery and his portfolio now includes his own cask rested gin, 1616, celebrating Shakespeare.
- Miika Lipiäinen – Kyro Distillery – Miika is one of the founders and CEO of Finland’s first craft gin distillery, Kyrö Distillery Company.
- Toby Whittaker – Whittaker's – Toby Whittaker started researching for his dream of becoming a gin distiller in 2013 and Whittaker's Gin is the result.
Founder company nominated Recifiers
Nominated by Bacardi
- Renaud de Bosredon – Renaud is a UK Brand Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire, a role which he has held for the last year and half.
- Raj Nagra – Raj is a Global Brand Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire, having worked on Bombay Gins since 2001. He travels the globe representing gin and training bartenders.
- Ivano Tonutti – Ivano has been the Master Herbalist for the Bombay brand since 1998. He is responsible for the sourcing and quality of all botanicals for the Bombay gin production.
- Sean Ware – Sean is a globally recognised, award-winning drinks and gin expert. He has spent many years working and understanding flavour, specialising in aroma and taste.
Nominated by Chivas Brothers
- Anthony Schofield – Anthony has been in the Spirits Industry for 17 years with Chivas Brothers, at the end of 2014 he took up the role of Director of Public Affairs.
Nominated by Diageo
Rectifiers sponsored and nominated by Founders and/or Wardens
- Stephanie Jordan – Stephanie joined Diageo in Spain and held various sales and marketing positions before becoming an ambassador for Diageo’s luxury portfolio in Madrid, where her passion for Tanqueray Gin and its rich history took off.
- Stephen Martin – Stephen claims to have dedicated his professional (and personal) life to the industry. Currently he is working as the ambassador for Tanqueray in Scotland, a country going through its own mini ‘Gin Craze’
- Graham Shearsby – Graham is Chief Creative Officer of Design Bridge. He has created beautiful bespoke bottles for many of the legendary Gin brands, most recently for Tanqueray No. TEN and the newly launched Gordon’s range.
- Paul Beckwith – Cotswolds – Paul is the principal Angel for the Cotswolds Distillery and an accomplished brand ambassador.
- Christina Keogh-Warner – Warner Edwards – Christina has assisted in the founding and strategic vision of Warner Edwards. In 2015 she officially came on board in a Director role to guide the development of the business, which she now co-owns alongside her husband Tom.
- Oliver Kitson – Sipsmith – Oliver Kitson is Sipsmith’s Head Distiller, he is the principal creative behind the company’s recently launched quarterly gin subscription service ‘The Sipping Society’.
- Jane Whittaker – Whittaker’s – Jane is Co-owner of the eponymous brand Whittaker’s alongside her husband Toby, Jane is very involved in what is a family business, run from their home Harewell House.
Rectifiers (Appointed in their own right and provenance)
- Kirsty Black – Arbike – Kirsty was involved in the design and building of the Arbike distillery. The product line includes Arbike’s first gin, Kirsty’s Gin, which is named after her.
- Thierry Ponet – Ponet Spirits – Thierry’s first creation, BishopsGin was launched in 2014 by Mr Ponet, working with spirits consultant Matthieu Chaumont. It is an authentic London dry gin designed in Belgium, and distilled in London.
- Mr John Roberts and Mrs Claudi Roberts – Gin Archive – John and Claudi are the proprietors of The Gin Archive, a web-based encyclopaedia of their physical collection of over 1800 gins from more than 50 different countries.