Say Hello to our Gintern Finalists!
UPDATE: 20th April 2017 – We’ve selected our final 8! See below for who’s coming to London for the final round!
As you probably already know, last year we started the hunt for a “Gintern” to help us track down exciting new gins and mixers to feature in our monthly members boxes. We knew it was a great job and would attract some attention, but we were blown away by receiving over 5000 applications! We had around 500 potential ginterns progress through to round 1, the social media Gin review round, and narrowed those down to our top 32 for round 2, the video application!
Well the videos are in, and again we’ve been blown away by the creativity and sheer amount of effort put in to tell us why they’re our perfect candidate. So now we’d like to introduce our shortlist of the best candidates we’re considering for our final round of tasks and interviews in London (including a visit to a distillery, lots of gin tasting, and more!)
Find our more about the Ginternship here, and read on below to see the video applications from the best of the best!
In no particular order, here are our top 8 Gintern candidates who’ll be joining us in London for the final round!
We narrowed down a shortlist of 17 down to 8 finalists. See the top 8 and those who just narrowly missed out but deserve some serious congrats for their efforts, below.
The final 8!
A totally mad gin review and a visit to the beach!
A video-blog style look at Eilidh’s gin adventures
A ginspired poem from Holly!
Emma Louise P
A day in the life of a gin fanatic, and a brilliant parody of a recent viral video.
A visit to a distillery and a look at Johdi’s personal collection.
Creative stop motion and a chat about gin
Gin puns galore!
Round 3, the final, will be a trip to a London Distillery for our final few, and plenty of gin tasting and other tasks.
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The rest of the shortlist:
Thanks so much to these awesome candidates for their efforts so far. We’re sorry we can’t bring you all down to London, and we hope you stay in touch and continue to share your love of Gin with the world 🙂
A look through some unusual garnishes
An A-Z of Gin!
Kicking off with a gin rap and including some good gin stats
Featuring some very unusual gins!
Some creative ideas for gin-pun-based videos
A vlog-style visit to a distillery in the USA
A delicious gin-prosecco cocktail
Stop-motion creativity and lots of enthusiasm!
A visit to a distillery and some delicious gin cocktails.
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Tom P! Definitely knows his stuff and would be ideal for the job!
Has to be Tom P! Extensive knowledge and great passion, the ideal candidate.
Thomas P for sure; I’ve never seen someone so excited to be in a gin distillery, talking about gin he really is mad for it
Thomas P. A true professional!
Loved JD’s interview. I thought I was gin-savvy but this video was soooo informative. The amount of information covered in such a short period was awesome. Professional done too. Top marks sir!
Tom p – would be great and knows his gin. definitely a great candidate.
Kristen T – I love her philosophy, absolutely agree, if you don’t like gin, it’s because you haven’t had it prepared the right way!
Lauren H was the best – came across really well. Very engaging and humouress. Would be keen to see more of her! Followed then by Melissa B
Kristen T for the gin! She would be great for your brand!
Mellisa B!! Fun & creative, she’s your gintern!!!
Kristen T should be your gintern! She had great ideas for both gin lovers and non-lovers.
Definitely Lauren H! So inventive!
Has to be Tom P. Fantastic talent, great passion for Gin. You can tell he wants the job and he’d be phenomenal. Tom P for the win.
Definately thomas p! He doesn’t fill his video with jokes and distractions – he’s clearly actually serious about his work and knowledgable about gin and the products he’d be selling. Thomas p for the win!!
Tom P! He is a creative soul and would give it his all!
Loving Kristen T’s vid, never liked the bitterness of tonic but after trying gin with ginger ale I could see myself becoming a fan!
SAM IS THE MAN! Nuff said
An A-Z OF Gins no less….I never knew there were so many gins JD …obviously done his homework and a true devotee of …reminds me of youthful days in Slovakia knocking back B for Borovicka (google it) ….
Has to be Melissa! Funny and quirky like the video
Catharina O., fo sho! Ginder is the best concept ever!
Jonathan D’s entry is inspired.
Well done JD!
Johdi’s video is amazing! Definitely a winner for me!
i love Kristen T’s video and I really loved how artistic she was in creating the movie. She would be a very good gintern.
Jonathan D’s blog is head and shoulders above the majority of other reviews – they only consisted of a couple of sentences and hashtags – there’s no comparison.
Definitely Jonathan D – great video and a well written blog!
I think Jonathan D was the most passionate about the job and would be fantastic in this role
Melissa B for me loved the video full fun and very well put together. I’m sure if Melissa is through to the next round she will give it her all. No matter what task Melissa is set she gives 100% Vote Mel B.
Jonathan D – there was so much gin footage with to go with all your gin knowledge! A really well written gin review too.
Lauren h !!! Deffo
Though there were some really good video blogs and everyone seems passionate and knowledgable about gin but I thought Lauren H’s was the best – she’s hilarious but at the same time has a really good eye for finding rare gins or gin houses. I thought the fact she wrote a blog on a gin sourced in Loch Ness was genius.
Good luck to everyone but I think Lauren H seems the best person for the job plus I would like to see more video blogs from her in future and look forward to seeing what other rare gin products she unearths.
Melissa B should definitely make it into your final 3 and ultimately your new employee. Her video shows she certainly knows her gins, was fun and showed her love for adventure and meeting new people.
Chris m – gin and juice. Nailed it. Great idea, massive potential.
Jamie K! I want to try that Christmas gin!
Lauren Hendricks obviously!
Witty, articulate, creative, gin drinker and beautiful!
Lauren H for Gintern
I hope the judges aren’t selecting candidates by if they are pretty or not (as other comments seem to suggest) – it’s a job, not a beauty pageant.
I’m sorry you felt the need to suggest that, Holly! Candidates for this round were picked blindly from their social media reviews.
Chris Mak has to be your Ginternational man of mystery! Go Chris…loveing the rap
Loving Chris maks contribution to the exciting world of gin. Informative, witty, and charming. Loved every minute. Xxx.
Chris M gets my vote. Rapping and gin skills! Clearly knows his stuff and definitely made me want a large G&T after watching the video!
JohdI D all the way!!! She shows true passion for gin and her gin collection is crazy
Melissa B definitely!
Eilidh Gets my vote. She is so good on camera but also represents the majority of people. Everyone can relate to her. Vote Eilidh!!
Gindiana Jones is a clear winner! With a surname like Hendricks…..Come on, it’s a no brainer!
Sorry got to dash……it’s time for a G&T
Love Eilidh G. So beautiful and natural behind the camera and she clearly loves her gin. X
For light-hearted comedy value, engaging whimsy and gin – Sam G (but you know that already!) ps that gin is bangin’
Eilidh most definitely! An absolute natural
Lauren needs to win this! She’s sexy, confident and hilarious to boot. I’d buy whatever gin she was gunning for to be honest. ❤❤
It’s got to be Sam G for me. Knowledgable and very funny
Anyone know where I can get one of those hats?
Melissa B for the win!!! She is a babe!
Lauren H! Gindiana Jones most definitely! (And she made me actually laugh out loud)
Some cool videos but Lauren H kept me watching till the end. I want to see what she will come up with next. Makes me want to try the gins.
Jonathan D – way ahead of all the other competitors. He is sharp and snappy with a clear passion and understanding of what makes a glorious gin. Jonathan is the only one that you could imagine having an interesting and enjoyable evening with. A very smooth and cool video – I love the bars – at the end of a hard day I want to sit back in a great bar with a great gin.
Sam G Definitely
Sam G all the way.
I loved your presentation, JD. I am usually a JD & Coke lady – but I could be very tempted by one of your G & Ts
Johdi d clear winner
And that gin collection is enviable
Jonathan D is the winner for me! A great informative video with lots of gin facts.
Jonathan D definitely!
Definitely Jonathan D aka the Gintleman!
Lauren Kendricks for my gin vote.
Definitely Jonathan D!
Jonathan D aka the Gintleman would be perfect for this role!
Learnt more about Gin in JDs video than I thought possible. Simply excellent
Sam G is a winner!
Johdi d all the way x so much passion x fab video
KRISTEN’s is really good. I tried the gin and ginger ale and I really enjoyed it, I normally don’t like gin!
Lauren H. So creative, full of humour and brilliant presentation. A lovely clear voice and she projects a great personality.
I love Jonathon D’s Video – very creative and love the A-Z theme! Worth the watch!! 🙂
Lauren H was Fab and Fun, as Was Sam G as a close second. I also enjoyed Eilidh as she seems pretty natural. But Chris had some interesting info and it was still engaging! Hummmmm this is tough! Good Luck All
Hey Gemma, thanks for the review, really appreciate it, glad you found it interesting and engaging 🙂 It certainly is tough, lots of good competition! I like it 🙂
Sam G 100% !!!
Sick hat and good review from sam G
Jaimie’s video was awesome and unique!! So interesting, loved it!
Chris Mak the Gin Rapper haha absolutely brilliant video!!
Chris Mak the Ginspirational Rapper. Lots to of great entries.
I’m a friend of Chris and can honestly say you could not pick a better candidate as an ambassador for your company. He’s a clever chap and has such a diverse background, life experiences and general gravitas, a true asset.
Good luck one and all xx
The top three for me are Sam Jamie and Chris. Sam is fellow ginger, Jamie for actually going to the USA and Chris rap is actually in my head!
this is a sketchy and unfair selection process to say the least with obvious bias and favouritism (cheating?) going on. Is this for a job or a popularity contest??
Sorry you feel that way Martin. If you explain a little more about what you mean perhaps we can put your mind at ease?
What has made you think any cheating or favouritsm is going on?
To be clear, we’re not going to offer the job to the person who gets the most positive comments here, and we’re well aware many people commenting are friends and family. However, since we’re looking for an ambassador for our company, it’s quite important that they’re also popular with our customers and fans!
Johdi D is a clear winner. Her passion for gin really comes across in the video and she has her own gin blog… the majority of the others are Instagram/Twitter reviews!
You’ve got to give it to Matthew for going above and beyond with that video & review!!!
Jonathan D – Superb full of info – great video – even better blog – don’t miss it
Oh it hasssss to be Eilidh she’s so natural and funny and you can tell she’s passionate about the job
Eilidh G is the best video by far x
Got to be Jaimie K, authentic likeable and interesting and keeps it about the gin – love the Instagram photography too
Definitely Sam G for the winner! A true gin lover.
Ooh I think Eilidh G should go through to the next round! Good luck to all the candidates xx
Loved Holly H poem. Very cleverly thought out and executed. This little lady is perfect for the job. Pretty, stylish , and there’s NOTHING she doesn’t know about gin. The full package. Give her a try, you certainly won’t regret it. x
Loving the poem by Holly.
Nearly as much as loving Gin on this warm autumn evening in Melbourne.
Good luck all from downunder!
Love Eilidh video – I’m infact going to try my husband with that ginger beer combo now!
Jonathan D – hands down. I’ve never learned so much about gin in such a short space of time!
Catharina O! Love the “Ginder” app and the humor
Eilidh G would be perfect!!
Loved the A-Z! I was lapping up all that Gin knowledge!
Got to be Jonathan D.
I love a factoid! Got to be JD, great Gin knowledge!
Jonathan D, great vid!
LOVING Jonathan D’s video. A clear winner in my eyes!
Melissa B! Cause she’s so lovely!
Catharina O. heck yeah Ginder! 😀
Eilidh G – I would like to see her convert her other half to a gin lover 🙂 Also sounds like she has her hands full so deserves a good G&T tasting after a bisy day with the kids!
Melissa B , looks like she is young , fresh & lively just like the gins .
Has to be Lauren H! Her video is so original and brilliant. Such a brilliant reviewer and passionate about gin. She’d be a great asset to I love gin. #Lauren4gintern
Johdi D is brilliant!!
Jonathan D’s all the way – a really informative and creative video, plus a well put together Gin blog.
1st choice Melissa B
2nd choice Melissa B
3rd choice…. You guessed it.. Melissa B!
Mel B! She really does love her gin You would be missing out if you never chose her.
Lauren 4 Gintern! loved hers and as someone who follows her on social media I can vouch for her dedication to, and pursuit of, good gins!
Lauren H the definite winner so entertaining!!!!!
Choose Lauren Hendricks, she is awesome. Love the video she seems creative, articulate, professional and above all fun. Best one of the bunch …… someone I would like to share a gin or two with.
Holly H Good Luck (we love the video)
Emma Louise P definitely! Awesome video and really creative! Definite winner’
Love Eilidhs video! xx
Eilidh G all the way! Such a natural and so down to earth
It’s got to be Lauren H! Hilarious, sexy, total package! #lauren4gintern
Mel absolutely fabulous video. You are the making of a super star, they would be silly not inviting you to the next round. I will have my fingers and everything else crossed for you. Come on all you Scottish folks vote for our very own Mel B.
Thanks Lauren, now I really want a Gin cocktail! To me, Lauren really stands out as super fun and creative.
Eilidh hs to go to London, so natural behind the camera.
Emma-Louise P loved it!! Totally have faith in you to win this #ilovegin
Emma-Louise P I loved it!! Totally have faith in you to win this #ilovegin
Melissa B! Fun, creative and current. Held my attention. Really enjoyed it.
Jody’s video is amazing. She shows real passion for all things Gin and obviously has a thirst for developing her extensive knowledge of Gin. She would be a real asset and a perfect Ginturn.
Melissa Burnett you absolutely rock and without a doubt the best person for the job!! Your video was fab, funny, full of energy and just simply you! You have the personality and character to carry you through this venture, best of luck and much love
I enjoyed Holly H’s poem! She seems engaging, natural, approachable and fun. And if sadly I can’t do the job (boo!) then she should!
Melissa B! Very creative, ,current, Funny and held my attention! loved it!!
Lauren H hands down!
Absolutely LOVE Lauren H’s video! I followe her on twitter and she is absolutely hilarious!
Rebecca S is great, the simple presentation is effective and really allows you to focus on how much she clearly loves gin! She definitely gets my vote!
Emma Louise P
Lauren, anyone who can get the lochness monster and GIndiana Jones into an interview deserves the job. That’s someone I’d drink Gin with!
EMMA LOUISE P!!!! x
Lauren H for gintern, fab video
Eilidh G x
defiantly Eilidh G x
Lauren H – brilliant, funny & creative! #lauren4gintern
got to be Emma louise p! Love a good parody
Emma Louise P definitely!
Fingers crossed for Eilidh G. She’s hardworking, honest, funny and totally beautiful. I have been following Eilidh on social media for a while now and love her blogging and photo style. She’s extremely talented at what she does and does everything with passion. Eilidh makes me smile with her updates when she writes from the heart. I’d be the first to admit I’m the first to buy whatever she recommends (sucker). She’s my winner!
Emma louise p, comedy sells x
Rebecca S is great- the simple presentation is really effective and allows you to focus on her passion for gin. She definitely gets my vote!
Emma Louise P definitely made me laugh and genuine humour sells!
Laruen H, inspired video, gin is the holy grail
Eilidh is so good at mixing the flavours! Her and James creased me up because his face was like mine when trying a raspberry gin and assuming I’d hate it!
Emma louise p for the win!!
Oh Eilidh G definitely! x
Melissa B for the win! Awesome video!
Johdi d! I love the visit to batch as it’s one of my favourite gins and love the look of that gin cheesecake!
Melissa b for sure! Engaging creative fun all the qualities to be a great gintern!
Lauren H for definite! I loved the references to a couple of my fav films and she comes across funny and interesting!
Melissa Burnett is the winner for me!
It’s got to be Lauren “Gindiana Jones” H. She has even inspired a non-gin drinker to try some!
Lauren H – all the way! Bloody hilarious! Want to go and drink gin with her
Lily G. Amazing video and fab attitude!!! X
Definitely Chris M, he can rap and make gin. Why wouldn’t you employ him
Cheers Chris, fingers crossed I get invited to the next round.
Eilidh should go to the next round, she makes the Gina sound really appealing
Really enjoyed Lauren H’s – she wasn’t taking herself too seriously, enjoyed her puns, and some of the tongue in cheek stuff, she has a bubbly personality and comes across as very likeable
Loving Gindiana Jones!!! Lauren so needs to be your gintern!!!
The Clear Winner for Sure- Lauren H
Lauren H!! The perfect person for the job. #lauren4gintern
Melissa B ! LOVE LOVE LOVE your video If you want personality and passion then pick Melissa !
She is clearly your Gintern guys x
Love Emma Louise P
Lauren H – creative, fun and very likeable!
Lauren H is the clear winner!!!
Lauren H !! Beautiful , Sexy , smart n Funny . Winner Great video xx
Loved Lauren H’s video – original, total babe, and hilarious! #lauren4gintern
Lauren all the way! What a creative video and she’s really funny, had me laughing the whole time She’d be perfect xx
1st place holly h
2nd choice melisa b
I think Johdi D should be invited to London as she showed a real passion for both gin and for tonics too. Her collection of gin is admirable, so too is her very competent use of gin as an ingredient in her baking. This young woman shows an enthusiasm which would benefit your business, she would definitely enhance the team.
I loved Kristen’s video!! It was very informative and well done! I tried her gin and tonic combo and it was fab!
This is great, some really good footage, nice to see something fun for a change, anyway if you pick me, then the Gins are on me 😉
Lauren H! x
I know chris mak from his old bar in Liverpool, he knows a thing or two about gin! I never knew he was a rapper too, Love it. He has got to be the one!
Ha, thanks Tina, It’s amazing what Gin can do!
Meant to say good job to Emma Louise P too – cracking video!
Eilidh G – really natural behind the camera! 🙂
Jaimie K – I used to live in Alameda!! Cool!! 🙂
Thanks Clare! It’s a lovely place, I had a great time visiting
Emma Louise P –
I was going to do the same thing… sadly I despise seeing or hearing myself on video so much, I bailed out at round two :((
Sad as I would of loved the job!!!