Name: Rory Faiers
Blog Name: The Gin Lord
Blog URL: www.theginlord.com
Location: Suffolk, East Anglia, UK
Blog Summary: A collection of my favourite gins of the year, cocktail ideas, events I am hosting and the occasional musings of a gin lover.
How and why did you get into gin?
I have been drinking gin for years now, it's always been my go-to drink, even from a young age. I think it's a fascinatingly versatile spirit, the sheer variation you can get (within reason) excites me. I also love the story behind the gin just as much as drinking it.
What else do you do as well as gin blogging?
I run Gin Tasting events across East Anglia, education and introducing people to our favourite tipple. I also distill and make some interesting experiments - and who knows...I could have something ready very soon that will be available to buy!
Who is your blog for and why should gin lovers make sure they have a read and follow you?
It's for everyone. I try to cater for everyone from people just finding out about gin, to the more initiated. It can be very easy to get carried away. Several years ago, before I created "The Gin Lord" page, I felt I became a bit of a gin snob, but it seems since doing tastings and interacting with people still dipping their toe into the industry, it's important to remain impartial and subjective, and appreciate everyone's personal taste and point of view.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
Well, having a 100+ gin Collection, it's always nearly impossible to pick favourites, it depends on the day of the week (and the time!) but there will always be firm favourites. I will always have a soft spot for the entire Hayman's Gin range, as it isn't too far from me - I absolutely love their London Dry and Old Tom. My favourite type of gin is Navy Strength, so again, the Hayman's Royal Dock is a firm favourite, along with Tarquin's Gin - The Seadog. For something slightly different, I love Clover Gin, and more recently, Greensand Ridge Gin is fantastic.
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If you had to choose, what is your favourite way to serve gin?
Possibly the hardest question! I usually only drink gin neat, over ice sometimes. But cocktail wise I am a sucker for a Negroni, and a bone dry martini (the glass is just washed with vermouth, and then just ice cold gin)
Do you have a favourite gin bar or gin event that you'd recommend?
Junipalooza is an intense, yet fascinating experience and caters to all. I could spend hours walking round talking to the makers about their gin.
What is your top tip for people just starting to discover gin?
Don't let anyone tell you something isn't good, make your own mind up. Most importantly, enjoy, have fun and continue to share the love of gin.
Do you have a top tip for aspiring gin bloggers?
Don't assume by starting a Gin Blog, you'll just get free stuff. Be consistent, stay true to yourself and make sure you're doing it for the right reasons! Remember, it's an exciting and welcoming community, so be nice, get involved and have fun!
What do you think the future of gin will be?
All I ever hear is that it's a saturated market. In my opinion, we still have a few years left of growth - but we will continue to see existing companies get involved and try to cash in on the 'Gin Craze' - with more wacky creations, limited editions and outrageous ideas. On one hand - it's good if it introduces more people to gin, but on the other - it can detract away from everything that I love about gin - authenticity, provenance and innovation.
Have a read of Rory's 'The Gin Lord' blog for yourself and keep up to date with his reviews, articles and events!