We launched Gin Fling on October 1st 2019, less than 3 months after registering our new company. Gin Fling is an online off-licence (sliterij in the Netherlands), which specialises in the sale of gin, and a limited range of other spirits which are complimentary in the creation of gin based cocktails.
We have a genuine passion for gin and gin based cocktails. We have started our journey and are learning more every day - but we need to drink a lot more gin before we become experts! (It's a hard job, but someone has to do it!) We would love you to join us in experiencing why gin is one of the fastest growing spirits.
Let us introduce ourselves
Emma @ GF
"If you had told me three and a half years ago that I would be living in the Netherlands and co-founder of an Online Gin store I would have given you a very strange look. There’s more than one reason for that: firstly, I was living in the sunshine of Dubai, not ready to leave and secondly, Gin wasn't really my drink of choice.
So how did this all happen?
I had known Gary for over 10 years and had worked together in the UK. We kept in touch after leaving the UK and after his move back to the Netherlands, he contacted me with an opportunity to work together again. Three months later I arrived in Amsterdam with my cat Angel. Fast forward two and a half years and in April I was given the ‘gift’ of redundancy. I immediately booked a holiday to Curacao and on my return took an intensive Dutch language course. “ik spreek een beetje Nederlands slecht”. Then it was time to focus on the future. Gary and I had previously talked about setting up a business together and now the time was right.
And why Gin?
My friends will confirm that I like a drink or two so that’s a good place to start. Gin is actually really exciting and the growth in small distillers has really opened up the options. I’ve defined myself as a ‘Gin Explorer’. I love learning about the products, the process, the distillers stories and of course, tasting them and discovering my new favourites. All in a day’s work!"
Gary @ GF
"Exiled Brit, landed in the Netherlands in June 2016…. and now firmly settled here (and desperately trying to improve my Dutch!). Let’s not discuss Brexit though…. Please!!
I’ve worked in a lot of the large retailers in the UK, Turkey and even far-flung Hong Kong. But having studied in Arnhem (too many years ago to mention), it felt like coming home to be back in the Netherlands.
Why Gin? It was the first drink I tried when younger, I love the more bitter tastes (even like Campari!), so it felt quite natural for me to settle on Gin. It’s come a long way since then though – previously it was Gordon’s or Gordons as a choice.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the journey as I’m learning more about the many and varied new gin’s, some older established ones, and the stories behind them. It’s exciting for me to learn about the back story behind a gin, the distillery and what flavours these all bring out (and not just tasting them all!)."
Its a great feeling to really enjoy what you do, and we are!