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A Glass of Its Own

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 24 December 2011

It's the perfect time of year for a celebratory gin-and-tonic, and these days the tipple raised at Christmas may well have been made in London.

After centuries of decline, the British capital's distilling industry is picking up again, fuelled by small-scale producers and European rules changes that recognise 'London dry gin' as a distinct category - along with a worldwide uptick in the demand for premium spirits.

Peter Day meets some of the entrepreneurs behind the trend.

  • Contributors to this programme:

    John Collins
    Hogarth’s House

    Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall
    Sipsmith Distillery

    Spiros Malandrakis
    Alcoholic Drinks Analyst, Euromonitor

    Ian Hart
    Sacred Spirits

    Charles Rolls and Tim Warillow
    Co-founders, Fever Tree

    Desmond Payne
    Master Distiller, Beefeater

    Tony Conigliaro
    Founder 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse


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