Symposium – The Independent Spirits

About us

Symposium Spirits was born by three colleagues, James Hayman, Justin Shore, and James Macdonald, who sensed that the UK spirits market needed a fresh and independent approach. Whilst we live in an era where there is lots of choice – it felt like there was little to differentiate between portfolios and products with a singular approach.

Rather than complain we decided to do something about it – we took inspiration from the merchants of the past and developed a portfolio and an offer that is relevant for today.

The UK is fortunate to have so many wonderful places to eat and drink and we respect that they want a choice when it comes to choosing their spirits. Symposium is perfectly placed to offer that portfolio.

Our Rum portfolio consists of the multi award winning Merser Rum, which combines the very best of Rums from the Caribbean aged up to 12 years, which are then finished in London. The revolutionary sustainable Bush Rum with a new twist on spiced rum as well as the classic Merchant’s Choice Guyanese White Rum, which in 2021 won a gold medal in the Spirit Masters.

Our Gin portfolio is led by Hayman’s of London – pioneers of the London gin style and still made over 2 days, which is a rarity in this modern gin era. The range which has consistently being voted The World’s Best Tasting Gin is led by Hayman’s London Dry and supported with the old favourites of Hayman’s Old Tom and Hayman’s Sloe. Recent additions include Hayman’s Exotic Citrus – a naturally made gin with additional flavour and Hayman’s Peach & Rose Cup.

The Merchant’s Choice Craft Spirit Selection is made especially for bartenders to provide a quality range of pouring spirits, that won’t be discounted in supermarkets. The range currently consists of Classic Vodka, London Dry Gin and Guyanese White Rum.

Meet Our Team

We are a dedicated team with a passion for spirits. We aspire to offer an unmatched standard of service, personal connection and commitment helping you move quicker and achieve more.

James H



UK General Manager

James Mac

Head of Commercial


Senior Retail Manager


Key Account Manager - London


Key Account Manager – The North


Brand Ambassador for Hayman’s Gin and Merser Rum


Business Development Executive