Our new arrival – Nattiel Lynch

Here at the Ginfluence, I am delighted to announce a new arrival!

Photo credit to Tom Marshall and the Ginfestival.com

A new writer, the wonderful Nattiel Lynch, has joined the party and I’m really excited about the stuff he’ll be posting! Between my love of writing long pieces telling stories of gin distilleries and history and Nattiel’s genuine passion for writing on gin and cocktails, we’re certainly widening the coverage and will be adding much more content for you lovely readers, aren’t you lucky! You can give his Twitter a follow here to keep up with his work, although I’ll

His credentials and enthusiasm are perfect for the Ginfuence. As he explains:

     “Since a young age I have always been intrigued and compelled by linguistics, investigative journalism and more broadly, the way in which we’re interactive with one another. With English being my favourite subject at school from as far back as I can remember, my love for journalism was ignited many, many years ago after a school trip to the local newsroom. I was sold!”

After scoring good grades at school and going on to complete 4+ A Level’s including English Language, Media Studies and City & Guides: Radio & Press Journalism (Southampton), Nattiel then went on to graduate with a BA Hons in Journalism from Southampton Solent University (London/Southampton).

     “With intention to continue my studies in the realm of communication in the form of Post-Graduate studies, I gained further experience at Portsmouth News Voice FM Southern Daily Echo Quay News (University Newspaper) NewsFeed (Solent Newspaper.”

     “In the midst of my advancements in education, I somewhat spontaneously found an overproof passion for the drinks industry, in particular cocktails. I was fascinated by the ways in which different flavours and ingredients combine, contradict and coalesce with one another; in addition to the intricate artistry and craft which goes in to making the particular spirit.”

     “Within a year of stirring my first Martini, ah, the memories, I was soon up against the best cocktail bartenders in the South, competing regularly in regional competitions and continuing to grow as a “Mixologist”.

“I have worked in many bars in Southampton at many varying levels, from Bartender to Assistant Managr whilst completing my BA Hons. (Some of my experience, most notable) Rockstone – Bartender, Marshals Cocktail Bar – Assistant Manager, Quay Fifteen – Head Mixologist, Gin Festival – Mixologist, Mangoes – Cocktail Bartender, Havana Club Selección de Maestros South Regional Winner – 2015 (went to Cuba, visited the Havana Club Distillery, learnt their distallation and blending techniques.)

Nattiel is knowledgable, he writes with his heart and he’s keen on the Ginfluence’s principles on helping nurture the gin industry by telling tales and sharing stories. He’s also a pretty exemplary person so I’m really looking forward to working with him.

     “I have three strong passions, Writing, Cocktails and Chelsea Football Club. I’m looking to combine the first two together and communicate the wonderful world of gin and cocktails through both historic research and modern-day alchemy, with the intention to continue my studies in the realm of communication.”

I ask you now to raise your glasses. Welcome to the Ginfluence, Nattiel! And here’s to many wonderful articles. Chin chin!

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A Gintroduction

4 weeks ago, I drank Bombay Sapphire. Then my life changed entirely.

Having been chained to a desk in a monotonous customer service job, I received confirmation I was starting a degree in creative writing in September. The prospect of a different life dawned on me so I began hunting for bar work that would be more fun and allow part time hours when the time came. Luckily, I found a job in a new bar ‘Gin and Olive’, on Albert Road, Southsea, which is a rather quirky area and one of my favourite parts of Portsmouth. I remember contemplating that it would be interesting to learn about gin, I did drink it after all. 4 weeks ago, we opened.

I used to say ‘I loved gin’. This was a lie. I realise now that I knew nothing of gin. I had no idea of the rich historical content, the overwhelming combination of botanicals and the thought and nurturing care given by the distiller that goes into each and every bottle.

As a gin bar, we currently stock 65 gins and this is ever growing through recommendations. As a specialist bar, it is paramount to have a thorough knowledge. With the fabulous opportunity of training in this exciting industry, aided by visits to distilleries as well as visits from the distillers themselves, I have been learning in earnest. A fire in my heart has been ignited and now my world is bathed in gin.

It’s still early days, but anyone can come aboard and join me. I’ll be meeting some of the finest artisan gin craftsman of our generation. Everything I learn in history, production and consumption will be shared on here and I’ll also be writing pieces on the distillers themselves. My thinking is: It’s taken my world by storm. Who else could fall in love as I have? Not only this, but it’s a rare opportunity to share the knowledge and experience as it find it and any extra info for me would be warmly welcomed.

So, whatever clear or coloured liquid is in your glass right now, prepare to open your mind to a whole bottle of wonder as we embark to new horizons on a journey of knowledge into the incredible world of gin.