GINSPIRED

Heather E Wilson

GINSPIRED is a podcast where we talk about and celebrate everything about the wonderful juniper-laced spirit called GIN! There is SO much to talk about when it comes to gin – and we are going to dive into all of it in future episodes. I’ll be speaking to guests from around the world including gin and mixer experts, distilleries, gin fans, and bartenders. In every episode, my guests and I will be sharing what we're drinking as well as fun GINcident stories. I hope you will join me on this GINspired journey. read less

[Update] How a Distillery Down Under got Started During the Pandemic, with special guest Nikki Oesterle
06-01-2023
[Update] How a Distillery Down Under got Started During the Pandemic, with special guest Nikki Oesterle
On today’s episode, I'm excited to welcome back to the show Nikki Oesterle, co-founder of Papaiti Gin, located in Whanganui,  New Zealand. Today, we catch up on her journey and experiences of starting a craft gin distillery in New Zealand during the pandemic, where they are now in the process, their first gin products, what's next for the distillery, and of course, a fun gincident story.About Nikki Oesterle and Papaiti GinNikki is the New Zealand-based co-founder of Papaiti Gin, a craft gin distillery in the making. What started out as a wild, absolutely gin-infused idea a couple of years ago, has blossomed into reality, as Nikki and her partner Adrian have set up their premises in Whanganui, New Zealand and are now selling their first bottles of gin. Combining her passion for creating delicious gin using locally sourced botanicals, with her special knack for digital marketing, she has created a visual experience through Papaiti Gin’s social media presence, taking followers along their journey of opening a craft gin distillery. Note: The day after recording this episode, Papaiti Gin received their off-license and can now sell their products directly to customers.You can find and follow Papaiti Gin at:https://papaitigin.co.nz/FacebookInstagramYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest      Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
Gin & Running a Bartending School, with special guest Jess Morton
23-12-2022
Gin & Running a Bartending School, with special guest Jess Morton
On today’s episode, I welcome Jess Morton. She’s the General Manager of the Toronto Institute of Bartending. She runs the school full-time, assisting with SpiritHouse operations (the school’s training bar), as well as an instructor, bartender, and freelance mixologist.Today we chat about her ginspired journey, what it's like to work at a bartending school, the different styles of gin, the craft gin industry, her favourite gin picks, and of course, we share cocktails, and there’s a gincident story or two! About Jess MortonJess Morton is the General Manager of the Toronto Institute of Bartending (TIB). TIB is the leading bar school in Ontario and has trained over 65,000 students since 2002. They are recommended by several employers in Toronto, including Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). Jess is also an Assistant Manager at SpiritHouse Toronto, the upscale cocktail bar where the bartending school is run out of.Jess runs the school full-time, assisting with SpiritHouse operations, and being an instructor, bartender, and freelance mixologist. She has worked in the Toronto bar scene since 2016 in various bars and restaurants. Jess has a passion for spirits education, learning and all things botanical - especially gin. You can find and follow Jess at:InstagramToronto Institute of BartendingYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Grab your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
For the Love of Gin, with special guest Jeffrey A. McGuire, "Jam"
07-12-2022
For the Love of Gin, with special guest Jeffrey A. McGuire, "Jam"
On today’s episode, I welcome Jeffrey A. McGuire – who goes by Jam.  He’s a ginthusiast from Germany, a performer,  and he runs a strategic communication company as his day job.  Today, on this lively and fun call, we chat about his love of gin and how he incorporates that into his life, we share some cocktails and favourite gins (you'll want to know what's on his shelf!), and of course, there’s a gincident! About Jeffrey A. McGuire (Jam):In the daytime, Jeffrey A. “Jam” McGuire is a Partner at Open Strategy Partners, where he helps organizations communicate and grow, finding and telling the stories that connect their technologies with the value they deliver. Later in the day, he is a performing musician and storyteller, passionate about food and drink. He loves cooking, baking, and making infusions, jams, chutneys, pickles ... and he loves gin! Especially gin. Go to relaxant: Tanqueray G&T with Schweppes Indian Tonic.  You can find and follow Jam at:Twitter - HornCologneInstagram - HornCologneTwitter - Open Strategyhttps://openstrategypartners.comYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Grab your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
A Distiller at the Top, with special guest Martin Murray
28-10-2022
A Distiller at the Top, with special guest Martin Murray
On today’s episode, I welcome Martin Murray, Co-Founder of Dunnet Bay Distillers, located at the top of Scotland. Today, we chat about his (and his wife Clair's) journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Dunnet Bay Distillers, what makes them unique, their products, special events, and of course, a fun gincident or two. Please join us!About Dunnet Bay DistillersWe are Dunnet Bay Distillers. Unsurprisingly, we are located in the spectacular bay of Dunnet (Scotland), where the freshest of air and the finest of water are in abundance. Our goal is to create spirits which reflect the Caithness way. We hand distil slowly, thoughtfully and passionately to create our exceptional products. An independent family-owned company founded in 2013 by Martin and Claire Murray, we are Distillers of Exceptional Spirits – it’s in our nature.You can find and follow Dunnet Bay Distillers at:https://www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk/InstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest       Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
Sipping Gin at Kinsip, with special guest Maria Hristova
22-07-2022
Sipping Gin at Kinsip, with special guest Maria Hristova
On today’s episode, I welcome Maria Hristova, Co-Owner of Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, located in the heart of Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Today we chat about her journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Kinsip and their farm based philosophy, their products, and of course a fun gincident or two (and there may be a mention of chickens too).About Kinsip House of Fine SpiritsKinsip House of Fine Spirits is a farm-based grain-to-glass distillery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. Kinsip is rooted in an appreciation of family and the fulfillment found in building community.  We craft products together that reflect and accentuate the quality of the moment. Life is worthy of celebrating the small moments as well as the grand. Our craft distillery is located on a beautiful 80-acre farm. Our handcrafted spirits are produced entirely on-site in small batches using a custom-made copper still.  Our tasting room is in the historic Cooper-Norton house. This ornate second empire house was built in 1874 by a wealthy Hops grower, Bert Cooper, during the County’s Barley Days. The Hops barn beside the house remains intact with its drying floors and brick ovens.  Visit us to experience the craft and the history at our farm distillery in Prince Edward County. You can find and follow Kinsip at:https://www.kinsip.ca/InstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest      Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
A Troubled Monk, with special guest Charlie Bredo
24-06-2022
A Troubled Monk, with special guest Charlie Bredo
On today’s episode, I welcome Charlie Bredo, President of Troubled Monk, a Craft Beverages business located in Red Deer, Alberta. Today, we chat about how he came to own a brewery and a distillery, what it takes to run the business, all about their products, including their signature gin - Epitaph Blue Gin, and of course, a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Charlie Bredo and Troubled MonkCharlie is the President of Troubled Monk, located in Red Deer, Alberta. Starting as a brewery on June 12, 2015, they've built on their beer-making roots also to make Ready To Drink (RTDs), soda, vodka, gin, and whisky! About Epitaph Blue GinEpitaph Blue Gin, a gold-medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, was born from the creativity and passion of the team at Troubled Monk.Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and inspired to excel, the Troubled Monk family assessed what it had established, and in 2016 strove for more.Being craft enthusiasts, they were inspired to expand beyond beer and explore sophistication through the art of gin distillation.A distillery was considered for the creation of a new and exciting premium gin and the answer was clear: Why not try it? Why not take a leap and explore the next adventure? Tell more stories with great craft beverages. Epitaph was born to continue the storytelling tradition that embodies Troubled Monks mission of inspiring others through our craft.You can find and follow Troubled Monk at:https://troubledmonk.comhttps://adequatevodka.comhttps://epitaphgin.comhttps://grainhenge.comInstagram - EpitaphFacebook - EpitaphFacebook - Troubled MonkInstagram - Troubled MonkYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
McQueen & the Violet Fog Gin, with special guest Brett Berish
10-06-2022
McQueen & the Violet Fog Gin, with special guest Brett Berish
On today’s episode, I welcome Brett Berish - an entrepreneur and CEO of Sovereign Brands, creators of the smash-hit portfolio of wine & spirits brands that includes Luc Belaire sparkling wines, Bumbu rums, McQueen and the Violet Fog gin, and the company’s newest creation, Villon. Today, we chat about his entrepreneurial path, all about McQueen and the Violet Fog gin and what makes it unique, his vision for the gin category, a fun gincident or two, and a whole lot more.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Brett BerishBrett Berish is an entrepreneur and CEO of Sovereign Brands, creators of a smash-hit portfolio of wine & spirits brands. These include Luc Belaire sparkling wines, Bumbu rums, McQueen and the Violet Fog gin, and the company’s newest creation, Villon. Brett hosts a series on Instagram called Self Made, in which he interviews entertainers, artists, and influencers about their journeys to success. For more on Brett Berish, check out his website brettberish.com. About McQueen and the Violet Fog GinDig deeper. We did. A single copper pot still in the hills of Jundiaí, Brazil. Twenty-one exotic botanicals used in our proprietary distillation process including many rarely found in gin like lemongrass, pomelo peel, orris root and jasmine flower. Other gins are simple. We flipped the script. You can find and follow McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin at:https://mcqueenvioletfog.sovereignbrands.com/InstagramFacebookYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest   Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
A Gin Distillery in the Heart of the City, with special guest Martin Reid
27-05-2022
A Gin Distillery in the Heart of the City, with special guest Martin Reid
On today’s episode, I welcome Martin Reid, Co-Founder of Reid’s Distillery located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We chat about his journey to becoming a distillery owner, the story behind Reid’s distillery, their products, special events, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Martin ReidMartin Reid is an entrepreneur who co-founded Reid’s Gin Distillery in Toronto with his three adult children.  An avid sailor and scuba diver Martin passionately runs marathons whenever he can - albeit slowly.   He is an accomplished author who resides in Toronto.  Martin spent most of his career in financial services before making the leap into the Gin world.About Reid’s DistilleryThe Reid family is originally from the UK and they’ve been fortunate to travel back and forth quite a bit. Over the last decade, they have seen an explosion of the craft gin scene across the pond. It didn’t take long before they were creating their own small batches to get a fix of those flavourful recipes they’d fallen in love with over the years. They now have the opportunity to create world-class gins in Toronto. Far from being stuffy or boring, their gins are adventures in flavour. They make gins that they are proud of, using Canadian wheat, wild-foraged Canadian juniper and many other diverse botanicals. They also make gins with different flavours - from spicy to floral, citrus to aged, sweet to herbal. They want even the most seasoned gin drinker to find something new in their experience with Reid’s.Feel free to go by the distillery, try their gins and explore their cocktail menu. They’ll share a story or two about their family’s adventures from biking across Canada, living on a sailboat, and running sub-zero marathons to any number of other silly endeavours. They look forward to hearing your stories and welcoming you to their family.You can find and follow Reid’s Distillery at:www.reidsdistillery.comInstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at: Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYhttps://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
The Last Best Gin, with special guest Bryce Parsons
20-05-2022
The Last Best Gin, with special guest Bryce Parsons
On today’s episode, I welcome Bryce Parsons – Master Distiller of Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary Alberta. Today, we chat about what it means to be a master distiller in Alberta, how he created the gin program for the distillery, all about their products and awards, and of course a fun gincident or two. Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Bryce ParsonsBryce is the Master Distiller leading all things spirits at Last Best Brewing and Distilling and one of the most decorated Gin distillers in Canada. An ICU nurse in a past life he switched careers on a quest to explore what can be accomplished in the exciting frontier of Canadian spirits.  A MSc Brew and Distil (distinction) graduate of the ICBD at Heriot Watt University of Edinburgh, he has been focusing his attention on novel flavour profiles in Gin and Whisky using past research and brewing experience. In 2018 the GinCrazeYYC project of making 52 gins in a year. 2020 during COVID 19 he launched 3 gins from Last Best that continue to be recognized on the provincial, national, and global award stages.  In his free time (when any) his role as president of Alberta's Craft Distillers association (ACDA), he continues to help to expand the craft distilling industry in a responsible, rewarding, and connecting way for his communities. About Last Best Brewing & Distilling Last Best Brewing & Distilling opened its doors in May 2015. The name Last Best draws from Calgary’s eclectic history. At the end of the 1800s, the Canadian government launched a campaign called ‘The Last Best West’; its purpose was to populate the western prairies and grow agriculture in Canada. The administration believed that this area was the Last Best chance in the modern world for homesteaders to lay roots and shape their futures. The accomplishments resulting from the Last Best initiative have paved the way for the budding craft beer and distilling industries here in Alberta. Last Best Brewing & Distilling honours this historical spirit through its name and unwavering commitment to making delicious well-crafted beer, spirits and Alberta-inspired cuisine.You can find and follow Last Best Brewing & Distilling  at:https://lastbestbrewing.com/https://www.facebook.com/lastbestbrew/https://www.instagram.com/lastbestbrew/https://twitter.com/lastbestbrewYou can find and follow GINspired at:Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAYhttps://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save a Gorilla, with special guest Harry Osborne
06-05-2022
How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save a Gorilla, with special guest Harry Osborne
On today’s episode, I welcome Harry Osborne – Distillery Host for the Gorilla Spirits Company located in Upton Grey, UK. Today, we chat about the distillery, its gin and non-gin products, and its working with the Gorilla Organization to protect Gorillas. We also learn some new yummy cocktails, and of course, there is a gincident story or two. Please help protect the gorilla by buying a bottle of Gorilla Gin!Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Gorilla Spirits CompanyGorilla Spirits Co. was founded by Andy Daniels, whose vision was to create a truly ethical business and an exceptional portfolio of spirits and liqueurs.  Based in the northeast corner of Hampshire as it borders with Surrey, Gorilla Spirits Co.’s distillery in Upton Grey is where they make their small-batch, award-winning spirits – all while donating £1 to The Gorilla Organization for every bottle sold!Gorilla Spirits Co. are proud of its products and proud of the contribution they make to saving the endangered gorilla population. As a family-style team, every Gorilla in the Troop is focused on the mission of distilling, bottling, finishing, distributing and marketing Gorilla Spirits Co. – and saving gorillas, one drink at a time!You can find and follow Gorilla Spirits Co. at:https://gorillaspirits.co.uk/distillery/The Gorilla OrganizationInstagramFacebookTwitterYou can find and follow GINspired at:  Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest  Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.
A Confluence of Gins, with special guest Ross Alger
15-04-2022
A Confluence of Gins, with special guest Ross Alger
On today’s episode, I welcome Ross Alger - Founder of Confluence Distilling and the Past-President of the Alberta Craft Distillers Association. Today, we chat about how he came to own a distillery, all about their products, some ginteresting facts about the Alberta Craft Distillers Association and important distillery legislation, and of course a fun gincident or two.Like this episode? Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.About Confluence DistillingConfluence is a Calgary-based urban distillery focused on producing gins and ready-to-drink canned cocktails.  Confluence means the meeting of two rivers, in the same way, Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers.  Confluence strives to bring people together by facilitating exceptional experiences through the power of gin.  We work to enhance the community and culture of Calgary, to make it an even better place to live. About Ross Alger, co-founder and distiller of Confluence, and past-president of the ACDARoss is a former oil and gas engineer who started tinkering with distilling at a relatively young age.  Ross started the distillery with his partner Pheelan Mah in 2018 in the heart of the Barley Belt in Calgary, surrounded by craft breweries.  Many of the unique projects Confluence works on are collaborations with the various breweries in the neighbourhood.  Ross also assists with the Alberta Craft Distillers Association in order to drive the industry forward and lobbies for improvements to our fire code, and provincial and federal tax rates (which are significantly higher than comparable industries). You can find & follow Confluence Distilling at:confluencedistilling.cahttps://liftcdnspirits.ca/https://www.albertacraftdistillers.com/InstagramFacebookYou can find & follow GINspired at:  Grab your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)FacebookInstagramPinterest    Support the showLike this episode? Your reviews really do make a difference. Please rate/review our podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out The Gin Shop for all your gin-related clothing, Ginspired the cookbook, and fun novelty items.