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Scottish Gin Awards 2021 finalists revealed – did your favourite make the list?

The finalists for this year's Scottish Gin Awards have been announced.

Published: September 20, 2021
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The Scottish Gin Awards 2021 finalists have been announced, with 67 producers and 223 gins progressing to the final stage of the anticipated awards night, which this year will be a hybrid virtual and in-person event.

The 45 judges blind tasted and graded every sample under strict technical conditions. Led by the competition’s technical consultants, sensory management experts Cara Technology, the panel assessed 320 gins entered in the competition, all distilled in Scotland.

It is an all- island final as four Hebridean distilleries are in contention for the top award of the night, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, sponsored by Contract Bottlers Glasgow Ltd.  

Four new taste categories have been created in the programme with new awards presented for Best Pink Gin, Best Festive Gin and the Flavoured Gin category has been split with new categories for Citrus and Berry Flavoured.  The most popular taste category is still London Dry Gin of the Year with 47 gins in the finals. 

Only 60 per cent of entered product makes it through to the finals and only the top three products in each category presented with medals, making the Scottish Gin Awards the most highly sought after of all drink’s competitions.  

The Scottish Gin Awards is chaired by Adam Hardie, Partner and Head of Food and Drink at accountancy firm, Johnston Carmichael. 

Speaking of this year's awards, Adam said: "The quality of gin produced in Scotland continues to be world class. 

"To make it to the finals is a huge achievement and all these gin businesses which highlight the quality and diversity of the Scottish gin industry.  

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"It is particularly impressive given the challenges of the last eighteen months that real resilience, innovation, and creativity has been shown in the competition entries. 

"Congratulation to all the finalists and we look forward to the live event in October.”

When will the 2021 Scottish Gin Awards take place?

The winners will be announced at the Scottish Gin Awards dinner and digital event which takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central on Wednesday 27 October 2021.

Tickets cost £150 + VAT per person or £1500 + VAT for a table of 10.  Digital tickets to watch the event live from home are also available.  For full details and book tickets visit the Scottish Gin Awards webste.

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The finalists

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year sponsored by Contract Bottlers Glasgow

Isle of Barra Distillers

Isle of Harris Distillers

Isle of Skye Distillers

North Uist Distillery Co.

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Best Newcomer

Dark Art Distillery

Isle of Cumbrae Distillery

Perth Gin Distillery

Purist Gin

Raer Jackton Distillery

Rhiodorroch Distillery   

Excellence in Sustainability sponsored by Summerhall Drinks Lab

Arbikie Distilling

Electric Spirit Co.

Port of Leith Distillery

Excellence in Branding sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

Biggar Gin

Boe Gin

Dark Sky Distillers

Eden Mill

El:Gin

Fidra Gin

Isle of Harris Distillers

Linlithgow Distillery

Mackintosh Gin

McQueen Gin

Secret Garden

Best Digital Experience sponsored by Wolffe

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Eden Mill

Electric Spirit Co.

Isle of Harris

Mackintosh Gin

Pixel Spirits

Sales Team of the Year sponsored by Scotland Food & Drink

Isle of Barra Gin Distillery

Lussa Gin

South Loch Gin

Excellence in Social Media

Colonsay Beverages

Edinburgh Gin

Isle of Harris Distillers

Little Brown Dog

Retailer of the Year

Aldi

Billingtons of Lenzie

Craft 56

Highland Liquor Company

Product Development Team of the Year

Badachro Distillery

City of Aberdeen Distillery

Eden Mill

Isle of Bute Gin

Linlithgow Distillery

Tayport Distillery

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Fidra Gin

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Glaswegin Premium Gin

Great Glen

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Isle of Bute Calums Cabin Gin

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Isle of Skye Misty Isle Cill Targhlain

Kinrara Artist Edition 'Ginny'

Lenzie Gin

Lind & Lime Gin

LinGin

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North Uist Distillery Downpour Gin

Old Poison Selkie

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Peebles Hydro 1881 London Dry

Persie Labrador Gin

Perth Gin Original

Pixel Spirits Devil's Staircase

Pixel Spirits Drookit Piper

Purist Art Gin

Redcastle Handcrafted Scottish Gin

Seven Crofts

Solway Spirits Dry Gin

Tear Drop Gin

The Pentland Still King's Hill Gin

Distilled Gin sponsored by Joseph Flach & Son

Bloodline Spirits Rule Gin             

Colonsay Beverages Distillers Cut Gorse Gin        

Colonsay Beverages Wild Island Botanic Gin- Distillers Cut            

Eden Mill Golf Gin           

Electric Spirit Co. Achroous Gin  

Inverclyde Gin   

Isle of Bute Gorse Gin    

Isle of Bute Heather Gin

Isle of Bute Oyster Gin   

Isle of Cumbrae Nostalgin

Isle of Skye Distillers Misty Isle Gin          

Kinrara Artist Edition 'Struan'     

Kinrara Highland Dry      

Lanark Distillery Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Gin       

Little Brown Dog Spirits LBD GIN Unlimited Edition             

Lunun Gin          

Lussa Gin            

McQueen Highland Dry Gin         

Pixel Spirits Scottish Chanterelle Gin       

Purist Gin Purist Marble

RAER Jackton Gin            

Rhidorroch Distillery Loch Achall Gin       

Roehill Springs Distillery Gin No 5

Tayport Distillery Scots Pine Gin

The Biggar Gin Company Original Recipe Biggar Gin         

The Jaunty Camper Gin 

The Wee Farm Distillery Drovers Gin

Tobermory Limited Edition Mountain Gin             

Toll House Spirits Toll House Gin              

High Strength Gin sponsored by The Gin Cooperative

Badachro 57 Storm Strength

Beinn an Tuirc Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin

Caorunn Highland Strength

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball

Inspirited Navy Strength Spiced

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Peebles Hydro 1881 Honours Navy Strength

Purist Gin Purist Black 57

Seven Crofts Fisherman's Strength

Stirling Distillery Battle Strength

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The Wee Farm Distillery Farmers Strength Drovers Gin

Berry Flavoured Gin

Ben Lomond Infused Blackberry & Gooseberry Gin           

Ben Lomond Infused Raspberry & Elderflower Gin            

Boe Bramble Gin             

Boe Raspberry & Sweet Basil Gin              

Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery, Scottish Bramble Gin              

Eden Mill, Forager Gin   

Edinburgh Gin Gooseberry & Elderflower Gin      

Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin      

Fassfern Distillery Bramble Highland Gin

Glasgow Distillery Makar Cherry Gin       

Glaswegin Distilling Co Glaswegin Raspberry & Rhubarb Gin         

Inspirited, Summer Berries and Hibiscus

Lanark Distillery Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Raspberry Gin

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate Gin           

Citrus Flavoured Gin

Aldi Eidyn Botancial Gin               

Ben Lomond Infused Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit      

Eden Mill Golden Lore Gin           

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Linlithgow Distillery LinGin Colours Yuzu

McQueen Gin Citron Gin              

Persie Zesty Citrus Gin   

Secret Garden Distillery Lemon Verbena Gin

South Loch Citrus & Lime Flower              

South Loch Sicilian Lemon & Ginger         

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Blood Orange & Rhubarb Gin             

Herb & Spice Flavoured Gin

Aldi Toradh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin           

City of Aberdeen Distillery Chamomile Gin           

Eden Mill Serendipity Gin            

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin      

El:gin Speyside Heather Honey  

Kinrara Distiller's Edition Rose & Cardamom

McQueen Gin Five Chilli Gin        

Secret Garden Distillery  Elderflower & Jasmine Gin

South Loch Spiced Cranberry & Clementine          

Flavoured Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery Choc Mint Gin             

Eden Mill Forbidden Gin              

Eden Mill Passion Gin    

Eden Mill Rosa Rosa Gin

LinGin Colours Coconut 

Peebles Hydro 1881 Tiffin Gin    

Secret Garden Distillery Pinot Noir Gin

Secret Garden Distillery  Apothecary Rose Gin

Solway Spirits Tropical Gin          

The Wee Farm Distillery Clydesdale Gin

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Passion Fruit & Mango Gin   

Best Pink Gin

Aldi, Toradh Premium Pink Gin  

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers  Kintyre Pink Gin

Eden Mill Love Gin          

Isle of Skye Distillers Misty Isle Pink Gin 

McQueen Gin Blackcurrant & Raspberry Gin        

North Uist Distillery Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin          

Perth Gin Perth Pink       

Tyree Gin Hebridean Pink Gin     

Old Tom Gin

Eden Mill Distiller's Choice: Oak Old Tom Gin

Edinburgh Gin Old Tom

Glasgow Distillery Makar Old Tom Gin

Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin

Old Poison Exotic

Orkney Distilling Beyla Honey and Raspberry Old Tom Gin

South Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom

South Loch Rhubarb New Tom

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Aldi Toradh Raspberry Gin Liqueur

Aldi Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur

Eden Mill Raspberry, Vanilla and Meringue 

Eden Mill Spiced Rhubarb Crumble

Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandarin 

Edinburgh Gin Strawberry & Pink Pepper

El:gin Moray Berry

El:gin Moray Mocha

Lenzie Gin Liqueur

Lussa Gin Bramble Liqueur

North Uist Distillery Downpour Sloe & Bramble Cask Aged Gin

Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate 

Redcastle Strawberry & Elderflower 

Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur

Stirling Distillery Tropical Triumph

Festive Gin sponsored by Cara Technology

Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur

El:gin Gin-gle Gin

Isle of Skye Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin

Perth Gin Winter Spiced Liqueur

Pixel Spirits Scottish Christmas Gin

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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