By Andy Young
Gin writer and educator, Caroline Childerley has been welcomed as Australia’s first member of key industry body, The Gin Guild.
Childerley runs Australia’s largest website devoted to gin, The Gin Queen, and was welcomed to the Guild for her services to the Australian gin industry.
"I am delighted to be the first Australian member of the Gin Guild," Childerley said.
“Australia has a great emerging gin scene, with the number of gins produced having grown from a handful to over 100 – and they are becoming a force to be reckoned with, winning 26 medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year.
“With thousands of plants in Australia that don’t grow anywhere else in the world, there are real opportunities for innovation and the creation of some really special gins.”
Nicholas Cook, Director General of The Gin Guild, said: “It’s an exciting time with the gin industry thriving around the world. The international growth is bringing some exciting gins to the market, using interesting botanicals and bringing innovation to both the product and to bottle design."
The Gin Guild, which has over 250 members, hosts Ginposium as a way to lead discussion within the industry. The Gin Guild brings together gin distillers and industry leaders to jointly promote and encourage a commitment to excellence in gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit.