Happy New Year! – What’s on in January? A lot, that’s what

Good Morning!

This is an usual post from me, more of an update than a feature. I’ve been getting involved in more and more projects, which I love. However, I have found it gives me a little less time to write large posts. So, one of my new years resolutions is to make a concerted effort to post little and often to keep you all up to date with my shenanigans. I’ll still be writing the larger pieces though, they’re my favourite.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! It’s been fantastic to have a few days off with loved ones, and a bit of a rest too. I also hope you enjoyed opening your Drinks by the Dram and Boutique-y Calendars as much as I did! They’ve really upped their game from last year. I’m consistently wowed by new gins. They keep coming, and with such good quality! The possibilities for creation really are endless.


The next couple of weeks are going to prove rather busy at Ginfluence central. I’m finishing an article for Gin Magazine, judging at the World Gin Award finals and then wrapping up the first assessment of my MA. Needless to say, I’m feeling the pressure somewhat, but it is so very good to be busy.

On the 18th however, I’m going on an adventure.

I’ll be flying out to San Francisco to judge the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits! It’s a great event and I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the fantastic industry people out there (and taking lots of notes for sure!) I’ll also be spending a couple of days either side of the judging to take a look around San Francisco, to learn a bit of it’s literary history and get myself into some gin bars. Top of the list is Whitechapel, although I’ll certainly be heading for others too.

I’ll be there until the 27th, posting updates as I go, rather than writing a large piece when I get back. Please do get involved with suggestions! It’s my first time in San Francisco and although it’s only a short stay, I’d like to squeeze in as much as possible!


Happy January, you lovely lot!



What’s coming up

One of the main perks of my job are the wonderful people I get to meet through gin training. With permission I’m writing up small pieces on each and I wanted to let you in to what I have in the pipeline:

Paul Bower – Founder and distiller of the delightful Twisted Nose gin. Produced in Winchester, with hints of locally grown watercress and lavender, this gin is a homage to its surroundings and the wonderful gentleman who created it.

Luke from Fever Tree, cream dela cream of the tonic world. 7 of the top 10 bars in the world use them and for good reason, as they only use the finest ingredients in their range of topics and mixers.

An evening on HMS Diamond – 2 evenings on the new destroyer and I’m looking forward to both. A rum tasting evening with a representative from Pussers and a gin tasting evening presented by myself.

Tom Edwards of Warner Edwards is hitting our own Gin and Olive, Portsmouth for a decedent evening with his gin. Guests will enjoy a 4 course meal paired with each of his 4 gins (the rhubarb gin is a particular favourite) whilst he talks us through his gin story. I can’t wait for that one.

We’re also embarking on a distillery tour in the next few weeks.

All in all, lots going on here at ginfluence head office. As I said to my mother last week, she (as a non drinker) had always worried that drinking was a problem, and I am close to proving it’s my solution!