Craft Spirits Awards

Drinks firms get in the spirit with first awards

Craft Distillers Spirits Awards

The UK’s first ever Craft Spirits Awards saw nine prizes handed out to the best in the emerging industry.

The awards, launched and hosted by the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, in association with Interface Food & Drink and the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling, were held at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry.

The winners were announced during a gala dinner attended by more than 100 delegates from the craft spirit sector.

The awards were sponsored by the Thoroughbred Spirits Group, and formed part of a two day conference held by the SCDA, welcoming craft distillers from all over the country to network, share knowledge and learn more about their sector.

Tony Reeman-Clark, chairman of SCDA said: “Scottish Craft Distillers Association has been the result of two years of work by many parties, and we are now a credible presence in the quality spirits marketplace.

“The event at Atholl Palace firmly puts us in the centre of the craft-distilling sector, with our AGM and conference bookending the UKs first ever Craft Spirit Awards. Our members are producing gin, rum, vodka and whisky, and helping to reestablish craft distilling in Scotland as an important sector in its own right within the global drinks industry.

The categories and winners:

Scottish Craft Spirit (all spirit categories)

Gold Strathearn Distillery: Oaked Highland Gin
Silver Dunnet Bay Distillery: Rock Rose Gin
Bronze Glasgow Distillery: Makar Gin


Scottish Craft Spirit – Social Media

Edinburgh Gin – Seaside Gin


Best Packaging

Edinburgh Gin


Young Distiller 2015: Distiller under 30 years of age working within an SCDA member company

Zac Shenfield of Strathearn Distillery.


Spirit of the Future (New Make)

Glasgow Distillery: Single Malt New Make


Innovation (product, equipment or process)



Guest Spirit (all spirit categories)

La Alazana Distillery: Patagonian Single Malt Whisky


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