I’ve been writing for about ten years now, have recently completed a BA in English and Creative Writing and am now studying for a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.
After landing a job in a gin bar some time ago, I became obsessed with the stuff. I was trying to work out how to marry my two passions and this was the result.
Working in the industry opened doors to fabulous training sessions and the amount I learnt in the short time I worked there surprised me. The enthusiasm I felt was almost compulsive and it’s not just me, I’ve stumbled across many a fellow gin fiend in my time. It seems that gin really is something that people like to get stuck into.
As well as this, I’ve met some fabulous people within the industry that are happy to talk about their part and their distillation knowledge. Although I no longer work in the bar, I’ve met lots of fellow fans and through twitter I’ve been able to organise visits to meet more distillers and try more gin. I originally wrote this paragraph almost five years ago and have rewritten it several times since to keep it relevant. It’s a constantly evolving and very creative industry and I’m learning more and more every day, deep down the juniper laden rabbit hole.
Since I began writing Under the Ginfluence I have worked as Brand Ambassador and events staff for a large national Gin Festival. I now write for Gin Magazine as well as writing content for Gin and Rum Festival, and I work behind the scenes for the Craft Distilling Expo. Judging has become a big part of my life. I have judged for Gin of the Year, held at Bombay’s beautiful Laverstoke Mill, the World Gin Awards, Spirits Business Awards, Gin Guide Awards, IWSC and the American Distilling Institutes Judging of Craft Spirits, held in San Francisco.
I love trying different gins, learning to distinguish their different flavours and learning how the botanicals and processes have led to that result. I like to learn as much as can as I go, and after five years of doing this it’s great to know that my opinion is valuable. However, I am still humble to industry experts and always willing to learn something new. I am very much under the ginfluence, passionate about history, about flavour and story; how the distiller got started, why they chose the botanicals they chose, the processes, packaging, everything really. I’m a gin lover. And what I think I do best is share that love and enthusiasm.
I’m keen to share what I’ve been lucky to learn and I’m always thirsty for more. I would love to speak to anyone with interest in the subject to learn or offer advice for any projects you maybe working on. Please do get in touch!