Glasgow gin wins big at spirit awards

Specialising in premium gin and single malt distilling, The Glasgow Distillery Company has won five medals at a leading industry competition against 150 of the world’s finest gins.

Published 13th Jul 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Celebrating the best superior spirits across the world, the annual Global Spirit Masters Awards presented The Glasgow Distillery with two highly coveted 'Master of Gin' awards for their Makar Glasgow Gin and limited edition Cask Aged Makar Oaked expressions.


Picture: The Glasgow Distillery Company has won five medals at a leading industry competition against 150 of the world’s finest gins, supplied

Rewarding excellence and quality in a blind tasting by a leading industry panel, the Master Medal is the top accolade available and marks the winner as truly exceptional and a stand-out from the other competitors.

The Makar gin portfolio also took home two golds and a silver medal in an impressive five medal haul for the award-winning craft distillery.

Organised by The Spirits Business Magazine since 2008, The Global Spirits Masters is one of the most renowned blind tasting competitions in the world with entries welcomed from distillers across 120 countries with a reach across 45,000 spirit professionals world-wide.

Overall, each gin in the Makar Gin portfolio was awarded:

Master: Makar Glasgow Gin – Super Premium category
Master: Makar Oak Aged Gin – Aged in Oak category
Gold: Makar Glasgow Gin – London Dry category
Gold: Makar Mulberry Aged Gin – Aged in Mulberry Wood category
Silver: Makar Old Tom Gin – Old Tom category

Sixteen gin experts sampled 150 gins and awarded marks for appearance, nose, taste, and overall balance.

Makar London Dry Glasgow Gin won the master medal in the highly contested super premium category, with judges praising "good juniper structure" and "lingering finish". This expression also picked up a gold medal for the intensely competitive London dry category.

Experts lauded the "crisp cucumber" flavour of the Makar Oak Aged Gin to garner a master medal for the expression and a gold medal for the Makar Mulberry Aged Gin.

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Commenting on the multiple award wins was Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, the crafters behind Makar:

"The Global Spirits Masters is an incredible celebration of superior spirits and to have our gin recognised five times by a panel of leading experts is a superb achievement for our hardworking team.

"The two master medals and awards across our gin portfolio truly reinforce our belief in producing exceptional quality products. We have been overwhelmed with the positive reviews of our gin range since launching two years ago, these additional master medals cements our place as an award-winning producer of super-premium craft products.”

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