The winners of the second annual Scottish Gin Awards have been revealed at a near sell out awards ceremony in Glasgow.

Over 600 people traveled to the Double Tree By Hilton in Glasgow, to celebrate Scotland’s gin industry and to discover who the winners were across 18 categories including Taste and Business awards.

The most anticipated award of the night, the title of Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was presented to Isle of Harris Distillers whose mission to create a “social distillery” bringing jobs and increasing tourism to the island was praised by the judging panel.

Four Poofs and a Piano provided the entertainment on the night.

The Hebridean distillery fought off competition from four other distilleries to win the award.

St Andrews-based Eden Mill, who won the most awards of the night collecting five awards in total, took home the coveted taste award, the Gin of the Year.

Eden Mill’s Original Gin triumphed in the highly competitive London Dry gin category fending off 30 other gins before going on to win the judges’ prize for best gin in the overall competition.

Eden Mill founder Paul Miller said: “I am thinking that the credibility of the judging panel involved makes this a really great recognition of our distilling team.

“Some local botanicals, including sea buckthorn berries (a superfood in itself  mixed with a classic London Dry Gin recipe distilled in 1000 litre small batches is the simple recipe distilled and crafted by our qualified and passionate distilling team.”

Other big winners were Edinburgh Gin who took the title for Growth Business and Innovation of the Year for Edinburgh Gin 1670, a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

They then won silver and bronze taste medals for their Cannonball Navy Strength gin and their Pomegranate and Rose liqueur.

Chair of the judging panel, Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi Distillery said: “Congratulations to all the Scottish distilleries and supporting companies who have won at the Scottish Gin Awards. The Scottish gin sector can be very proud. These medals will help retain our precious reputation as a global centre in the production of high-quality spirits.

“With a phenomenal 80 Scottish gins in the finals and 18 taste medal winners presented, the results will provide winning distilleries with a real boost in advance of the busy Christmas season. For the discerning gin drinker, these awards provide welcome guidance when choosing from the large range of Scottish gin now on the market.”

The Scottish Gin Award Winners:

(All pictures by Gerardo Jaconelli for The Scottish Gin Awards – @gerardojac on Instagram)

Growth Business of the Year

(Sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink)

Winner: Edinburgh Gin

Innovation of the Year

(Sponsored by Rankin)

Winner: Edinburgh Gin

Exporter of the Year

(Sponsored by Forth Ports)

Winner: Eden Mill

Scottish Gin Event of the Year

(Sponsored by Blue Parrot Co)

Winner: No. 18 The Gin Fayre

Excellence in Branding

(Sponsored by McLaren Packaging)

Winner: Electric Spirit Co. 

Excellence in Marketing

(Sponsored by Orb)

Winner: Eden Mill

Best Marketing Campaign

(Sponsored by KimiaUK)

Winner: Persie Gin

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year

(Sponsored by Campbell Dallas)

Winner: Crafty Distillery 

Scottish Gin Bar of the Year

(Sponsored by TLT)

Winner: The Craftsman Company

Best Newcomer

(Sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink)

Winner: Beinn An Tuirc Distillers

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year

(Sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society)

Winner: Isle of Harris Distillers

THE TASTE CATEGORIES

Navy Strength Gin of the Year

(Sponsored by Cara Technology)

Winner: Still River Uncut (Gold Medal)

Cask Gin of the Year

(Sponsored by Wolffe)

Winner: Makar Cask Aged Gin Matured in Mulberry Wood

Speciality Gin of the Year award

(Sponsored by Bruce Stevenson)

Winner: McQueen Mocha Gin 

Gin Liqueur of the Year

(Sponsored by Foodies)

Winner: Boe Scottish Bramble Gin Liqueur

London Dry Gin of the Year

(Sponsored by Franklin and Sons Ltd)

Winner: Eden Mill Original Gin 

Distilled Gin of the Year

(Sponsored by Aldi)

Winner: Misty Isle Gin

Scottish Gin of the Year

(Sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society)

Winner: Eden Mill Original Gin 

The competition founded and operated by PR and Events company, KDMedia, launched its second year in February and conducted a Scotland-wide search for the best gins and gin businesses.

In the taste sessions, 116 Scottish gins were scored by 22 judges in a blind tasting adjudicated by the international sensory management consultancy, Cara Technology. 80 gins progressed to the finals with the top three performers awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of six categories. There was a 53% increase in the number of gins entered in the competition this year compared to last year.

The awards which are now a firm fixture in the spirits sector in Scotland also raised funds for Edinburgh based charity, It’s Good 2 Give, which last year opened a world class respite home named The Ripple Retreat in the Trossachs for families who have children with cancer.

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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