What did you do before launching Gindome?
I have worked as an international Quality Manager for more than 25 years, where I have travelled all over the world and secured quality within IT deliveries. In all the years I have been a gin lover, and being able to travel has given me the chance to taste a lot of different gins.
What made you decide to start distilling and how did you begin?
When the lockdown came and I was here in Estonia for 18 months, so I decided to take a distilling course. I was lucky because it was the first time they had ever hosted the course online. Next came the hardest parts, such as getting all of the licenses needed – it’s not easy to start a distillery! But on January 1st 2022, I was ready with my first gin.
What is the meaning behind the Gindome brand name?
A "Dome" is a kind of meeting place, so Gindome means a meeting place for gin-lovers. And of course I am a huge gin-lover myself, and I still try to taste as many different gin as possible.
Can you tell us more about your distillery, still and distillation process?
I bought a 200L copper still and I believe mostly in the traditional processes and making London Dry Gin. I think the handcraft and distiller’s quality come out best through that process. If you start to blend or mix flavours after distillation it will not show your real distilling skills. So I make traditional gin but I will at the same time also call them modern gins. I do not believe in a status quo where things cannot be changed. I think that comes from my time as a Quality Manager – nothing is perfect and if things can be better or need to be changed…
What can visitors experience if they visit the distillery?
We just started the first and only Gin School in the Baltics and we are very proud about that. So people can make their own gin while I tell stories from my long life together with gin.
What is your ambition for Gindome in the years to come?
I want it to become a global brand. Already after 6 months we have some of the best gins in the world. Our Mermaid Navy Gin was named as a Winner in The Gin Guide Awards 2023 and our Gindome Old Tom was Highly Commended, while we were also a Finalist in the Best New Distillery category – I am very proud of that. We were also awarded in the San Francisco spirits competition and again this year we are in the final.
What are your favourite ways to drink your gins?
I think gin is for cocktails and G&T. I can drink it neat, but I think that comes from being a distiller and needing to taste the product while make them. Gin is for parties, so G&T and cocktails are ideal. A good French 75 is a brilliant starter.
Desert Island Gins: Which 3 gins would you take with you and why?
I love the Danish brand ELG, and I also like Bareksten Gin from Norway. And maybe I will pick BeGin from Denmark as well (they are very good friends of ours). All are traditional and premium class gins.
If you could collaborate with any person or brand in the world, who would it be and why?
I would love to work with Four Pillars from Australia. They do a lot of things right around distilling. Then I can learn them to make even better gin :-)
What's next for you and your Gindome - any exciting plans?
International sales is the first priority, and also finding good distributors.
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