Beefeater Gin’s Master Distiller Desmond Payne on Creating Burrough’s Reserve

Astute observations, a 150-year-old still and a French apéritif come together in the inception of a unique spirit

On a recent trip to London, we caught up with our friend Desmond Payne, Beefeater Gin‘s Master Distiller of 20 years (check out our video with him). With 45 years of gin-making under his belt, he’s one of the industry’s most accomplished distillers and arguably one of the spirit’s most enthusiastic ambassadors. He’s also one of its most inquisitive and clever; consistently experimenting and pushing …

Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Desmond Payne

Beefeater's master distiller shares his gin secrets in our latest video

by Beefeater Master Distiller Desmond Payne lets us in on some of his more unusual approaches to finding inspiration, and helps fill in the backstory of how the gin’s 2010 launch, 24, came to be. Stay tuned for our video on Payne’s former employer and sister brand, Plymouth.