£19 supermarket Unicorn gin wins big at 2019 Gin Masters

Lidl’s own-label Scottish Aquine gin has triumphed in the 2019 Gin Masters, winning gold in the Premium Gin (£16 - £20) category.

Published 3rd Jul 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Created in partnership with The Glasgow Distillery, the Aquine bottle features a unicorn design - inspired by Scotland’s national animal.

Full-bodied with a fruity finish, the gin is made with Scottish water and botanicals such as juniper, angelica root and rosehip, and has proved popular with consumers since its launch last year thanks to its taste and budget-friendly price tag.

Paul McQuade, Head of Buying for Scotland said: "Receiving such an outstanding award from the prestigious Gin Masters is testament to our commitment to offering the highest quality spirits at great prices.

“With the continued demand for Scottish craft gin, creating Aquine was a natural next step for Lidl and we have had a fantastic response from consumers and critics alike.”

Bottled at 41.5% ABV, Aquine is part of the permanent gin range in Scotland and is available to purchase for just £19.99.

The Gin Masters competition has been going for ten years and each category is judged  by bartenders, spirits journalists, and spirits educators during a series of blind-tastings.

Other Scottish winners in this year's Gin Masters include:

Diageo with Gordon's gin and Gordon’s Traveller’s Edition

The Glasgow Distillery with Makar dry gin and Makar Oak Aged Gin

Verdant Spirits with Verdant Dry Gin

Glenrinnes Distillery with Eight Lands Organic Speyside Gin

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Speyside Distillers Company with Byron’s Gin – Bird Cherry and Byron’s Gin – Melancholy Thistle

Raven Spirits with Hrafn Gin ‘Valhalla’

Esker Spirits with Esker Gin

Loch Lomond Group with Ben Lomond Gin

Loch Ness Spirits with Loch Ness Legends

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Ian Macleod Distillers with Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Gin Liqueur, Edinburgh Gin Plum and Vanilla Gin Liqueur, Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin Liqueur, Edinburgh Gin Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur , Edinburgh Gin Apple & Spice Gin Liqueur and Edinburgh Gin Watermelon & Lime Gin

Isle of Barra Distillers with Barra Atlantic Gin

Orkney Gin Company with Orkney Gin Company Rhubarb Old Tom


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