About

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Well, hello and thank you for visiting my page.

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 Chichester University.

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 has 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’m 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.

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, an 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, IWSC and the American Distilling Institutes Judging of Craft Spirits, held in San Francisco. This year, I’ll be judging for the Gin Guide Awards too.

I love trying different gins and learning to distinguish their different flavours. I also like to learn as much 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 advise for any projects you maybe working on. Please do get in touch!

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi

    We’ve just come across your fab blog and would absolutely love to invite you to our new distillery in Medway, Kent. Following a three year restoration and refurb project of the historic Victorian Pump House No. 5, Copper Rivet Distillery opened its doors to the public in late 2016. We now offer tours of the distillery which produces a range of small batch, handcrafted premium quality gin, whisky, vodka, and unaged spirits from scratch, in bespoke stills from locally sourced high quality Kentish grain.

    If you think it would be of interest to pop by our distillery, meet the team and try some of our premium spirits we’d love to set something up.

    Contact details are listed below.

    Many thanks
    Gemma

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    1. Hello Gemma! Thanks ever so much for getting in contact. I’d love to come visit. Having connections with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Chatham would be a fantastic place to come visit. The distillery looks beautiful! I’ll find an email address on your site and ping something over.
      Many thanks
      Bernadette

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  2. Hi there!

    I met you at the London Gin Festival on Saturday afternoon (your masterclass was wonderful, and it was a pleasure to meet you!), where we discussed the possibility of submitting a gin hot toddy recipes.

    I’ve created a couple based around elements of Tinker gin’s flavour profiles, one Spanish leaning, one more oriental. Unfortunately, I lost your business card, so wondered what was the best way of getting them to you?

    Best wishes,

    Curtis

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