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Scottish Gin Awards 2022 finalists revealed – did your favourite make the list?

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

Published: September 19, 2022
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The best gins in Scotland have been revealed, as the finalists in the 6th annual Scottish Gin Awards have been announced.

171 gins, created by 56 Scottish gin producers have progressing to the finals of the national competition which combines large scale taste and business assessments.

Almost 200 gin products were analysed in a wide-ranging blind tasting session carried out as part of a live event and managed by the international sensory management consultancy Cara Technology.

30 expert judges from the distilling and drinks industry were presented by flights of samples and asked to taste and assess each liquid across a range of quality standards. 

The results have revealed a league table of the best tasting gins and the winners will be announced at the annual Scottish gin industry event taking part in November.

Adam Hardie, chairman of the Scottish Gin Awards and Head of Food and Drink at Johnston Carmicheal, said: “The Scottish Gin Awards 2022 is a great opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of our industry over the last 12 months.

"To be named a finalist is a massive achievement, especially given the challenges of the last 2 and a half years and shows the true resilience and innovation of our industry.

"We look forward to welcoming you all to the Scottish Gin Awards dinner in Glasgow in November - the best party ever in the awards calendar.”

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The Scottish Gin Awards is one of the UK’s most comprehensive and highly regarded gin competitions as it assesses both taste and business performance. 

A 41-strong judging panel consists of some of the UK’s foremost experts in gin distilling and running gin businesses.

All winners will be announced at an industry event and gourmet, gin-themed dinner on Thursday 10 November 2022 at the Glasgow Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. 

Full list of 2022 Scottish Gin Awards finalists:

BEST FLAVOURED GIN

Edinburgh's Eteaket brings back their limited edition pumpkin chai tea

Aldi - Toradh Tropical Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Neptune Gin

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Cranachan

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin

Lochlea release Harvest Edition single malt whisky

Rutland Square Gin - Rutland Square Gin

BEST GIN LIQUEUR

Aldi - Toradh Raspberry Gin Liqueur  

Aldi - Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers - Kintyre Orange and Coffee Liqueur

Billingtons of Lenzie - Lenzie Gin Liqueur

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Mango and Pineapple Liqueur

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Spiced Rhubarb Crumble Liqueur

The Perth Distillery Co - Perth Gin Blood Orange Liqueur

BEST CITRUS FLAVOURED GIN

Aldi - Toradh Seville Orange Gin  

Caorunn Gin - Caorunn Blood Orange Gin

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Orange &Basil Gin

Ben Lomond Gin - Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit Infused Scottish Gin

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North - South Loch - Exotic Citrus

BEST DISTILLED GIN sponsored by Joseph Flach

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers - Ceann Loch Citrus Gin

Dornoch Distillery Company - Thompson Bros Organic Mediterranean Gin

Dunnet Bay Distillers - Rock Rose Gin Citrus Coastal Edition

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Golf Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill x LTA Wildcard Gin

Foghouse Spirits - Foghouse

Highland Liquor Company - The Ullapool Gin

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Inverclyde Gin - Inverclyde Gin

Isle of Bute Gin - Gorse Gin

Isle of Bute Gin - Island Gin

Isle of Bute Gin - Oaked Gin

Isle of Bute Gin - Oyster Gin

Isle of Cumbrae Distillers Ltd. - Maura

Isle of Rassay - Isle of Rassay Gin

Kinrara Distillery - Kinrara Highland Dry

Lanark Distillery - Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Gin

Lunun Gin - Lunun Gin

South Loch Distillery - Citrus & Lime Flower

The Biggar Gin Company Limited - Biggar Herbaceous Recipe

Purist Gin - Purist Marble

BEST BERRY FLAVOURED GIN

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Forager Gin

Fassfern Distillery Ltd - Fassfern Bramble Gin

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn

Kinrara Distillery - Distillers Edition Forest Fruits

Lanark Distillery - Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Raspberry Gin

Ben Lomond Gin - Blackberry & Gooseberry Infused Scottish Gin

Ben Lomond Gin - Raspberry & Elderflower Infused Scottish Gin

Lunun Gin - Jamberry

North Uist Distillery - Downpour Sloe & Bramble Cask Aged Gin

BEST HERB & SPICE GIN

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Rosa Rosa Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Serendipity Gin

Fassfern Distillery - Fassfern Highland Gin

Fassfern Distillery - Fassfern White Rose Highland Gin

Hollyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows - Taiwan Exclusive

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin) - 1881 Rafters Subtly Smoked

Secret Garden Distillery - Elderflower and Jasmine

BEST OLD TOM GIN

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Heavy

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Old Tom

Mackintosh Gin - Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North - South Loch - Black Raspberry Old Tom

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North - South Loch - Rhubarb New Tom

BEST PINK GIN

Aldi - Eidyn Cherry Blossom

Aldi - Toradh Pink Gin

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers - Kintyre Pink Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Love Gin

Great Glen Distillery - Great Glen Premium Scottish Pink Gin

Isle of Bute Gin - Heather Gin

Kinrara Distillery - Hibiscus

North Uist Distillery - Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin) - 1881 Pavilion Pink

Secret Garden Distillery - Summer

The Perth Distillery Co - Perth Pink

Tyree Gin - Hebridean Pink Gin

BEST LONDON DRY sponsored by Vetroelite

Aldi - Eidyn  

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers - Kintyre Botanical Gin

Billingtons of Lenzie - Lenzie Gin

Blackwoods 2021 Vintage Dry Gin 40%

Caorunn Gin - Caorunn Gin

Crafty Scottish Distillers - Hills & Harbour Gin

Dark Art Distillery - Sky Garden Gin

Eden Mill – Ramsay’s Gin

Fassfern Distillery - Fassfern Dry Gin

Fidra - Fidra Gin

Gorgeous Gin – Miss G Gorgeous Scottish Gin

Great Glen Distillery - Great Glen Premium Scottish Gin

Highland Liquor Company - Seven Crofts

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin 1670

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Classic

Isle of Bute Gin - Calums Cabin Gin

Kinrara Distillery - Artist Edition “Freya”

Kinrara Distillery - Artist Edition “Ginny”

Kinrara Distillery - Artist Edition “Struan”

Ben Lomond Gin - Ben Lomond Scottish Gin

Mackintosh Gin - Mackintosh London Dry Gin

North Point Distillery - Crosskirk Bay Gin

North Uist Distillery - Downpour Scottish Dry Gin

Orkney Gin Company - Aatta Gin

Shipyard Gin - Shipyard Gin Original

Shoogle - Shoogle London Dry Gin

Smugglers Spirits - Smugglers Gin

Stirling Distillery - Gin Blue Line

The Perth Distillery Co - Perth Gin Original

Purist Gin - Purist Art Gin

BEST FESTIVE GIN

Fassfern Distillery - Fassfern Christmas Gin

Kinrara Distillery - Distillers Edition Oaked Spice

Orkney Distilling - Kirkjuvagr Aurora Winter Edition Spiced Orkney Gin

Secret Garden Distillery - Christmas

Smugglers Spirits - Smugglers Winter Gin

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North - South Loch Spiced Cranberry and Clementine

The Perth Distillery Co - Perth Gin Winter Spiced

BEST CASK GIN

Biggar Gin Co - Biggar Cask Aged Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Distiller’s Choice: Red Wine Cask Aged Gin

Eden Mill - Eden Mill Distiller’s Choice: White Wine Cask Aged Gin

Holyrood Distillery -  Height of Arrows Heavy Barrel Aged Gin: Oloroso Sherry Cask

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Bright Barrel Aged Gin: Oloroso Sherry Cask

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Bright Barrel Aged Gin: Pedro Ximenez Cask

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Funk Barrel Aged Gin: Oloroso Sherry Cask

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Heavy Barrel Aged Gin: Pedro Ximenez Cask

Holyrood Distillery - Holy Barrel Aged Gin: Rested in Oloroso Sherry Hogshead

Holyrood Distillery - Holy Barrel Aged Gin: Rested in Port Hogshead

Kinrara Distillery - Cabernet Franc Single Cask Aged

BEST HIGH STRENGTH GIN sponsored by Kimia 

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers - Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin

Biggar Gin Company - Biggar Strength Gin

Blackwoods 2021 Vintage Navy Strength Gin

Caorunn Gin - Caorunn Highland Strength

Highland Liquor Company - Seven Crofts Fisherman’s Strength

Edinburgh Gin - Edinburgh Gin Cannonball

Inverclyde Gin - Inverclyde Gin - Port Strength

Linlithgow Distillery - LinGin Navy Strength

Mackintosh Gin - Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin) - 1881 Honours Navy Strength

Shoogle - Shoogle Juniperous Navy Strength Gin

BUSINESS CATEGORIES

BEST NEWCOMER

Great Glen Distillery Limited

Rutland Square Gin

Shipyard Gin

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR sponsored by MacRoberts

Edinburgh Gin

Inverclyde Gin

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Crafty Scottish Distillers  

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Electric Spirit Co

EXCELLENCE IN BRANDING sponsored by Rankin Brothers

Aldi

The Biggar Gin Company

Dark Art Distillery

Eden Mill

Fassfern Distillery

Foghouse Spirits

Kilty Gin

Linlithgow Distillery

Little Brown Dog Spirits

North Uist Distillery

Jackton Gin

Smugglers Spirits

EXCELLENCE IN PACKAGING

Crafty Scottish Distillers  

Dark Art Distillery

Electric Spirit Co

Lanark Distillery

North Uist Distillery

Orkney Distilling  

Smugglers Spirits

Stirling Distillery

GIN TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Dark Art Distillery

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Kinrara Distillery

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin)

Secret Garden Distillery

Shetland Distillery

Tyree Gin Distillery

BEST NEW PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Blackwoods Vintage Gin

Caorunn Gin Blood Orange

Foghouse Escapism Gin

Holyrood Distillery Height of Arrows

Ben Lomond Gin Blood Orange and Pink Grapefruit

Orkney Gin Company Aatta Gin  

Pixel Spirits Drookit Hoose

Purist Zest Gin

Jackton Rose Gin

Smugglers Spirits Old Sins Gin

SCOTTISH GIN DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Isle of Barra Distillery

Isle of Raasay Distillery

North Uist Distillery

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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