Blog Name: What's Katie Doing?
Blog URL: https://whatskatiedoing.com/
Location: London, UK
How/why did you get into gin?
It all started with a book club held at the Oliver Conquest, which is a pub specialising in gin! When I came back from a year out travelling, I worked behind the bar for a few months before getting a full time job in finance. You can find 'The Gin Club with a Reading Problem' on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311732325596682/
What else do you do as well as gin blogging?
I work in finance as my day job. I also love to travel and try to visit one new country a year and to make the most of my annual leave.
Who is your blog for and why should gin lovers make sure they have a read?
My blog is for people who don't take gin too seriously. It's not a classic gin review blog, but more focused on experiences. I try and weave together travel and gin by visiting distilleries and bars when I travel. I also review restaurants and pop up experiences, which are London-centric - so ideal if you are based here or planning a trip to London.
What gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
I think I have almost everything Four Pillars - I adore that Aussie distillery! Also I have a special place in my heart for Broken Heart from New Zealand and also St George from California.
Can you share a #ginshelfie!?
It's not quite a #ginshelfie, but more a gin party set up, showing just some of the gins I have at home:
If you had to choose a favourite way to serve gin, what would it be?
So at the moment it's a negroni - I'm totally obsessed with this bitter cocktail. But some gins need to shine more without the addition of bitter flavours, in which case a martini or a martinez is my next choice.
Do you have a favourite gin bar or gin event that you'd recommend to gin lovers?
I would totally recommend The Oliver Conquest on Leman Street, near Aldgate East. They have over 300 gins and they are decently priced. So the perfect place to try before you buy!
What is your top tip for people just starting to discover gin?
Taste it without tonic. You don't necessarily have to try it neat - but water it like people do with whisky so you get the underlying flavours and then try it with other mixers too. With new flavoured tonics all the rage you can drown out the flavours that make it a g&t if you are not careful!
Do you have a top tip for aspiring gin bloggers?
Write about what you love and are passionate about. That way you'll always have motivation to keep going!
What do you think is next in the gin industry?
This one is a tricky one, with the Hayman's campaign to 'call time on fake gin' and Gin Monkey with her #stopfuckingwithgin hashtag I think we are going to see a backlash against gin distilled drinks and liqueurs from the professionals. However, if the public consumers want sweet and fruity and glitter and gimmick, then I think the industry is still going to keep producing these products. I want to ensure I support smaller 'craft' distilleries and I love to meet the distillers themselves at events like Junipalooza.
Head over to What's Katie Doing? to read Katie's gin, food and travel blogs, and to follow her on social media!