About Bernadette

Well, hello and thank you for visiting my page. I’ve been writing for about 10 years now, have just completed a BA in English and Creative Writing and am now studying for a MA in Creative Writing. After landing a job in a gin bar I became obsessed with the stuff. I was trying to work out how to marry my two passions and this was the result. Being in the industry has opened doors to fabulous training sessions and the amount I’ve 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 recently. 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. Since I began this I have been working as Brand Ambassador, write for Gin Magazine and have also judged for Gin of the Year , held at Bombay Sapphire Distillery and World Gin Awards 2018, which was an incredible experience. I’ve really thrown myself into judging and have now judging for the American Distilling Institutes Judging of Craft Spirits, held in San Francisco. Continued with the World Gin Awards 19 and will this year judge for IWSC for the first time. Hooray! I love trying different gins and learning to distinguish their different flavours. I also like to learn as much as I go, and after 4 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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