Olivier Ward


Gin Foundry


Member of the Spirits Judging Committee

Olivier is a total gin nerd. He is possibly one of only a handful of people in the entire world who have explored the spirit to such an exhaustive extent. Having spent over a decade at the forefront of the craft gin boom, he is widely recognised as a gin expert and a true ambassador for the category.

Olivier is the editor of Gin Foundry and has taught dozens of producers how to build their distilleries, helping fine tune recipes that have gone on to win top international honours. His Botanical Tasting Wheels and Gin Annuals pioneered new forms of education and story-telling within gin. Olivier won the prestigious IWSC’s Spirits Communicator of the Year and is Channel 4’s resident Gin Expert on Sunday Brunch, having also regularly presented sections on gin cocktails for ITV This Morning, the BBC and commercial radio stations.

Olivier Ward