The Gin Guild has been established by the Worshipful Company of Distillers to work with Gin distillers.
From the UK and around the world to provide leadership and focus to the promotion of this exciting spirit category.
The Guild will bring together gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of gin together with other interested parties in order to promote and encourage commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.
The Guild aims to provide a vibrant community, defined by a shared professional interest and shared ideals and experiences, in a congenial and companionable atmosphere, reflecting both the established and traditional history of the gin trade, as well as, incorporating available contemporary experiences.
The Guild does not seek to promote any particular branded product or products, but aims to bring the widest range of products and their producers and those associated in the wider industry, together in order to provide a valued forum for all those involved.
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.
The strategy of the Guild is set by a Management Committee made up of representatives from the four largest UK gin distillers (Diageo, Grants, Bacardi and Chivas), with other Guild members and Liverymen from the Worshipful Company of Distillers.
The titular head of the Guild is the Grand Rectifier. The four largest distilling companies are represented by Founder Wardens. Other gin distillers are represented by Warden Rectifiers. Individual Guild members are known as Rectifiers.
Membership is open to all (subject to gin distillers and brand owners meeting the Guild Gin specification).
The classes of membership are as follows:
A future category of associate membership, known as Guild Journeymen, will be introduced for non-industry enthusiasts. This associate category will have restricted rights.
Applications for membership of the Guild should be addressed to the Guild Director General (see contact details).
The installation of the Grand Rectifier, Wardens and other members of the Guild are by way of solemn ceremonies, reflecting the traditions of the trade guilds of the City of London.
Guild members receive a certificate of admission to the Guild, a silver Guild “juniper sprig” insignia and a commemorative Guild plaque. Associate members will receive an associate badge.
As detailed in the Guild objectives, membership will bring together Gin distillers and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin.
The Guild will annually arrange, co-host and/or facilitate access for Guild members to a programme of gin related events and celebrations.
Current details are available on request, but will include:
The Guild Website will be regularly up-dated and the Guild will produce a regular magazine covering both Guild events and gin articles.
The Guild will develop its links and encourage further education and research into gin, and will work with the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London and the Distillation Department of Minnesota University, USA.
For Guild information and further details, contact:
Nicholas Cook, Director General, The Gin Guild, The Gimlet, 199 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0AE, England.
Telephone 020 33 97 27 37 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gin Guild is the trading name of The Gin Guild Limited
Company Number: 08148932
Registered Office: 1 The Sanctuary Westminster Abbey Parliament Square London SW1P 3JT