Gordon’s Alive! – Celebrating 250 years of Gordon’s Gin
Joanne McKerchar and Terry Fraser
Terry Fraser, Diageo Master Distiller and Joanne McKerchar Diageo Senior Archivist.
Terry Fraser is GORDON’s gin Master Distiller, managing everything from sourcing botanicals through to distillation and worldwide supply. From grain to glass, bush to bottle; Terry is the guardian and custodian of the GORDON’S recipe and has vowed to never compromise on the high-quality standards that Alexander Gordon himself set 250 years ago.
Terry started work on the Gordon’s bottling line and today, 36 years on, he manages the whole distillery, creating award- winning GORDON’s gin using centuries old gin recipes.
Terry and his team source the finest neutral spirit for crispness and pride themselves on sourcing only the best quality botanicals from across the world to produce the bold, juniper forward and zesty notes of GORDON’S that is loved the world over.
Joanne McKerchar completed her Master’s Degree in Archives and Records Management at the University of Liverpool. She joined the largest and most influential spirits archive in the world, Diageo. Now armed with over a decade of experience she is both the Senior Archivist and an Industry Expert on the history of Gin & Malts, referenced in numerous articles and books.
She has spent the last 14 years cultivating the Diageo Gin collection, studying its history, and becoming a true expert in all things gin.
Fuelled by a thirst for knowledge, Jo can often be found at the various Diageo Distilleries, working with the distillers to fully understand the distillation process, and the craft that goes in to making the Diageo Gins.
Today Jo continues to inspire her colleagues and industry peers with the histories of Diageo’s gin brands. It’s something she does with true passion, and every day poses new challenges. Jo never knows what the day will bring, but she loves nothing more than to share her knowledge over a good Gin & Tonic!
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