Scottish Gin Awards
Crafty picks up top accolade as gin trade prospers
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.
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.
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.
Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year
Crafty Scottish Distillers
Gin of the Year
Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin; Mackintosh Gin
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
Product Development Team of the Year
Eden Mill St. Andrews
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
Ben Lomond Gin
Darnley’s Original Gin
Edinburgh Gin Classic
Isle of Harris Gin
Kintyre Botanical 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