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Crafty picks up top accolade as gin trade prospers

Scottish Gin Awards

Crafty Distillery in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, won the top accolade in the national awards programme celebrating excellence in the sector.

The 4th Scottish Gin Awards is the largest gin competition in the UK and judging involved 38 leading experts, the assessment of 85 written entries and the blind tasting of 194 gins, all distilled in Scotland.   

The ultimate award, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was presented to Crafty Distillery following a year in which it had achieved international growth while maintaining its locally-crafted product values.   

The team behind Hills & Harbour Gin were praised for achieving a perfect balance between provenance, sustainability, sales growth, and product quality.  Judges commended evidence that it had extended its reach across the UK and globally with a series of new and extended distribution deals.

The biggest product award of the night went to Port of Leith Distillery which won the Gold Award for London Dry Gin of the Year for its Lind and Lime Gin. 

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The product fought off competition from 51 finalists in the most popular category of the night.  The Silver Award was presented to Eidyn Gin (Pronounced Eden) a collaboration between The Old Curiosity Distillery in Midlothian and ALDI.  The Bronze Award was presented to a small batch gin, The Purist Gin made by a lockdown start up, Designer Spirits with Distillutions of Arbroath.

Chairman of the judging panel, Adam Hardie, head of food and drink for Johnston Carmichael, commented: “Congratulations to all our Scottish gin businesses for their achievements in this most challenging of years.  

“Despite the head winds, the Scottish gin industry has demonstrated its creativity, resilience, and determination to succeed, while maintaining our status as creators of some of the best gin in the world.   

“Winning a Scottish Gin Awards medal is a significant achievement and provides a huge opportunity to promote Scottish gin both at home and abroad.  I hope that this year’s winners will take the opportunity to promote their successes and increase their sales, in what was the largest and toughest competition to date.”

The distillery which scored the highest in the taste competition was Moray distiller, El:gin Findrassie, which collected two Gold Medals for El:Gin Speyside Heather Honey (Flavoured Gin) and El:Gin Moray Berry (Gin Liqueur) MacIntosh Gin and McQueen Gin also performed well collecting a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal each while Edinburgh Gin collected three medals, two Silver and one Bronze.

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In the business categories, Eden Mill of St Andrews collected three awards for Best Branding Experience, Excellence in Branding and Product Development Team of the Year.

The live digital event, broadcast from the Glasgow Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, was hosted by comedian Des Clarke.  

Over 250 guests from across the UK logged on to interact among 40 virtual tables designed in a virtual Awards Room.  Guests enjoyed 1:1 live chat, table-to-table chat and sent messages of support to all guests.

THE WINNERS:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year

Crafty Scottish Distillers

Gin of the Year

Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin; Mackintosh Gin

Best Newcomer

Highland Liquor Company, Seven Crofts Gin

Growth Business of the Year

John Crabbie & Co

Excellence in Sustainability

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Best Brand Experience 

Eden Mill St. Andrews

Best Marketing Campaign

Edinburgh Gin for “Filled with Wonder”

Excellence in Branding

Eden Mill St. Andrews

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year

Darnley’s Gin

Product Development Team of the Year

Eden Mill St. Andrews

TASTE CATEGORIES

London Dry Gin of the Year 

GOLD:  Lind & Lime Gin; Port of Leith Distillery

SILVER:   Eidyn Gin; The Old Curiosity Distillery and Aldi

BRONZE:  Purist Gin; Purist Gin   

HIGHLY COMMENDED:    

Ben Lomond Gin

Darnley’s Original Gin

Edinburgh Gin Classic

Isle of Harris Gin

Inspirited Original

Kintyre Botanical Gin

Lenzie Gin

Distilled Gin of the Year

GOLD: Isle of Bute Gorse Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin     

SILVER: Rule Gin; Bloodline Spirits                

BRONZE: Wild Rose Gin; Tayport Distillery    

High Strength Gin of the Year (50% ABV and over)

GOLD: Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

SILVER:  Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin; Mackintosh Gin

BRONZE: Edinburgh Gin Cannonball; Edinburgh Gin

Gin Liqueur of the Year

GOLD:  Moray Berry; El:gin Findrassie

SILVER:  Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

BRONZE:  Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate Gin Liqueur; Toll House Spirits     

Flavoured Gin of the Year

GOLD:  El:gin Speyside Heather Honey; El:gin Findrassie

SILVER:  McQueen Premium Pink Gin; McQueen Gin

BRONZE:  Rose & Cardamom; Kinrara Distillery

Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year

GOLD:  Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin; McQueen Gin & ALDI

SILVER:  Edinburgh Gin Lemon & Jasmine Gin; Edinburgh Gin

BRONZE:  Crabbie’s Citrus Orange Gin – George Crabbie Edition; John Crabbie & Co         

Old Tom Gin of the Year

GOLD:  Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin; Mackintosh Gin

SILVER:  Makar Old Tom Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company            

BRONZE:  South Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom; South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North    

A full list including all finalists can be found here



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