Clear, juniper-based gin has long been a staple of Western drinking culture, becoming one of the world’s leading spirits in both production and sales. But while there are currently more than 6,000 gins in production worldwide, Southeast Asia has been slow to jump on the gin train. With only a handful of gin companies based in the region, Southeast Asia Globe sat down with Tania Unsworth, co-founder of of the recently-launched Seekers Spirits in Phnom Penh, to chat about the growing market for gin in the region.
So how did you get your start in this business? Why gin, and why Cambodia?
My husband Marco and I have worked in hospitality all of our lives. We moved to Cambodia when Marco was offered a new job here, and eventually we saw the opportunity to open a couple of restaurants in Phnom Penh. One of them was a Spanish tapas bar – Marco is from Barcelona, so it made sense – and there’s a big trend in Spain right now of serving up specialised gin and tonics. So we started up a gin collection that became massive – at the time we probably had the biggest gin collection in Cambodia, barring maybe Raffles’ Elephant Bar.
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