Hayman’s reveals speakers for inaugural gin debate

22nd August, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

London-based Hayman’s Gin has announced the first speakers for its upcoming gin debate, which will discuss protecting the future of the spirit.

Hayman’s launched its Call Time on Fake Gin campaign earlier this year

The debate will take place at the brand’s distillery in Balham, south London, and will focus on the question, what is gin – and how can we protect it?

On the day, debaters will hear from guest speakers including Difford’s Guide editor, Simon Difford; gin expert, David T Smith; and editor and co-founder of Gin Foundry, Olivier Ward.

James Hayman, fifth generation in the family of distillers, said: “Our aim with the gin debate is to bring the many voices together to share views on the topic and establish the common ground needed for meaningful industry-wide action to take place.”

While the day will be hosted at the Hayman’s Distillery, the discussions will be facilitated by a neutral third party to ensure that all views on the issue are given equal weighting.

Hayman said: “To find a way forward, we believe it’s important to hear views from every perspective. For this reason, our ambition is to create a day that will be open to everyone that has a stake in the gin category; whether that be as a retailer, bartender, distiller, commentator or consumer enthusiast.

“Space is limited at our distillery but if you have a genuine interest in protecting gin for the future you will be warmly welcomed with a G&T, a working lunch and a platform to share your views.”

The debate takes place on 6 September and those interested in attending should email distillers@hayman.co.uk to book their place.

The debate is part of the brand’s Call Time on Fake Gin campaign, which launched earlier this year to urge better regulation of the category.

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