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Winners of the 2022 Scottish Gin Awards announced - including North Uist Distillery and Edinburgh Gin

The winners of the 2022 Scottish Gin Awards have been announced.

Published: November 15, 2022
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The Scottish Gin Awards have revealed gin brands which have successfully achieved medal status in 2022, following the awards dinner in Glasgow this month.

The results are highly regarded as they are independently audited by a panel of experts and judged live in a rigorously assessed blind tasting event.

Over 300 guests from the Scottish drinks industry joined to celebrate achievements, which included the announcement of the winner of the top award of the night, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year 2022.

The Scottish Gin Awards is the one of the largest gin competitions in the UK and revealed its winners following a rigorous judging process involving 46 leading experts, the assessment of 63 written entries and the blind tasting of over 200 gins, all distilled in Scotland.

The ultimate award, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was presented to North Uist Distillery who have created an impressive range of gins. They also collected the award for Excellent in Branding.

In the highly sought after taste competition, 12 Gold Medals were presented with Caorunn, Edinburgh Gin, Holyrood Distillery and Isle of Bute each collecting two golds each. 

Holyrood Distillery and Eden Mill tied in first place for the most amount of medals achieved with each of them taking home four medal positions. 

Start up gin businesses including Fassfern Distillery and Rutland Square Gin also collected medals, with Rutland Square Gin, made under contract at Summerhall Distillery, collecting the Gold Medal for Best Flavoured Gin.

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21 Brands achieved medal status and eight brands collected Gold Medals.

Chair of the judging panel, Adam Hardie, Partner and Head of Food and Drink at Johnston Carmichael, said: “Do not underestimate how difficult the conditions are just now for Scottish Gin distillers across Scotland.

"To have medalled in the Scottish Gin Awards this year is a phenomenal achievement and these results shine a light on those businesses which have excelled under pressure and can deliver excellent product whatever the weather holds. Congratulations to all our winners across the country.”  

The Scottish Gin Awards are sponsored by Vetroelite, Rankin & Sons, MacRoberts, Joseph Flach & Sons and Kimia.

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The Scottish Gin Awards 2022 winners in full

Scottish Gin Awards

Business Categories:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year sponsored by In-Drinks 2023

WINNER: North Uist Distillery

FINALISTS:

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Isle of Barra Distillery

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Bheinn an Tuirc Distillers

Product Development Team of the Year sponsored by MacRoberts

WINNER: Edinburgh Gin

FINALISTS:

Inverclyde Gin

Best New Product of the Year

WINNER: Holyrood Distillery, Height of Arrows

FINALISTS:

Blackwoods Vintage Gin

Caorunn Gin Blood Orange

Foghouse Escapism Gin

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

Best Newcomer

WINNER: Great Glen Distillery  

FINALISTS:

Rutland Square Gin

Shipyard Gin

Excellence in Branding sponsored by Rankin Brothers

WINNER: North Uist Distillery

FINALISTS:

Aldi

The Biggar Gin Company

Dark Art Distillery

Eden Mill

Fassfern Distillery

Foghouse Spirits

Kilty Gin

Linlithgow Distillery

Little Brown Dog Spirits

Jackton Gin

Smugglers Spirits

Excellence in Sustainability

WINNER: Dunnet Bay Distillers

FINALISTS:

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Crafty Scottish Distillers  

Electric Spirit Co

Excellence in Packaging

WINNER: Crafty Distillery

FINALISTS:

Dark Art Distillery

Electric Spirit Co

Lanark Distillery

North Uist Distillery

Orkney Distilling  

Smugglers Spirits

Stirling Distillery

Gin Tourist Destination of the Year

WINNER: Dunnet Bay Distillery

FINALISTS:

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Dark Art Distillery

Kinrara Distillery

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin)

Secret Garden Distillery

Shetland Distillery

Tyree Gin Distillery

Judges Award of Merit:

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Taste Categories:

Best Citrus Flavoured Gin

GOLD: Caorunn Gin Blood Orange

SILVER: Ben Lomond Gin Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit Infused  

BRONZE: South Loch Exotic Citrus Gin

FINALISTS:

Aldi - Toradh Seville Orange Gin  

Edinburgh Gin Orange & Basil Gin

Best Herb and Spice Gin

GOLD: Eden Mill Rosa Rosa Gin

SILVER: Fassfern Highland Gin

BRONZE: Eden Mill Serendipity Gin

FINALISTS:

Eden Mill Rosa Rosa Gin

Eden Mill Serendipity Gin

Fassfern Highland Gin

Fassfern White Rose Highland Gin

Holyrood Distillery Height of Arrows Taiwan Exclusive Mala

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin) 1881 Rafters Subtly Smoked

Secret Garden Distillery Elderflower and Jasmine Gin

Best Berry Flavoured Gin

GOLD: Edinburgh Gin Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn

SILVER: Kinrara Distillery, Distillers Edition Forest Fruits

BRONZE: Lanark Distillery - Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Raspberry Gin

FINALISTS:

Eden Mill Forager Gin

Fassfern Distillery Fassfern Bramble Gin

Ben Lomond Blackberry & Gooseberry Infused Scottish Gin

Ben Lomond Raspberry & Elderflower Infused Scottish Gin

North Uist Distillery Downpour Sloe & Bramble Cask Aged Gin

Best Flavoured Gin

GOLD: Rutland Square Gin

SILVER: Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin

BRONZE: Edinburgh Gin Cranachan

FINALISTS:

Aldi in partnership with Eden Mill Toradh Tropical Gin

Eden Mill Neptune Gin

Best High Strength Gin sponsored by Kimia

GOLD: Caorunn Gin, Caorunn Highland Strength

SILVER: Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin), 1881 Honours Navy Strength

BRONZE: The Biggar Gin Company Biggar Strength Gin

FINALISTS:

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 Cannonball

Inverclyde Gin Port Strength

Linlithgow Distillery LinGin Navy Strength

Mackintosh Gin Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin

Peebles Hydro (1881 Gin) 1881 Honours Navy Strength

Shoogle Juniperous Navy Strength Gin

Best Pink Gin sponsored by Cara Technology

GOLD: Isle of Bute Heather Gin

SILVER: Peebles Hydro 1881 Pavilion Pink

BRONZE: Tyree Gin Hebridean Pink     

FINALISTS:

Aldi Eidyn Cherry Blossom

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Kintyre Pink Gin

Eden Mill Love Gin

Great Glen Distillery Premium Scottish Pink Gin

Kinrara Distillery Hibiscus

North Uist Distillery Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin

Secret Garden Distillery Summer Gin

The Perth Distillery Co Perth Pink

Best Festive Gin

GOLD: Orkney Distilling, Kirkjuvagr Aurora - Winter Edition Spiced Orkney Gin

SILVER: Kinrara Distillery, Distillers Edition Oaked Spice

BRONZE: The Perth Distillery Co, Perth Gin Winter Spiced

FINALISTS:

Fassfern Christmas Gin

Secret Garden Distillery - Christmas

Smugglers Spirits - Smugglers Winter Gin

South Loch Spiced Cranberry and Clementine Gin

Best Old Tom Gin

GOLD: Holyrood Distillery, Height of Arrows Heavy

SILVER: Mackintosh Gin, Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin

BRONZE: South Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom

FINALISTS:

Edinburgh Gin Old Tom

South Loch Rhubarb New Tom

Best Liqueur Gin

GOLD: Billingtons of Lenzie, Lenzie Gin Liqueur

SILVER: Eden Mill Spiced Rhubarb Crumble Liqueur

BRONZE: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers, Kintyre Orange and Coffee Liqueur

FINALISTS:

Eden Mill Mango and Pineapple Liqueur

Perth Gin Blood Orange Liqueur

Best Cask Gin

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

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

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

FINALISTS:

Biggar Gin Co - Biggar Cask Aged Gin

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

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

Holyrood Distillery - Height of Arrows Bright 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 Distilled Gin sponsored by Joseph Flach

GOLD: Isle of Bute Oyster Gin

SILVER: Eden Mill Golf Gin

BRONZE: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Ceann Loch Citrus Gin 

FINALISTS:

Thompson Bros Organic Mediterranean Gin

Rock Rose Gin Citrus Coastal Edition

Eden Mill x LTA Wildcard Gin

Foghouse Gin

Highland Liquor Company - The Ullapool Gin

Holyrood Distillery Height of Arrows Gin

Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Inverclyde Gin

Isle of Bute Gorse Gin

Isle of Bute Island Gin

Isle of Bute Oaked Gin

Isle of Cumbrae Distillers – Maura Gin

Isle of Raasay Gin

Kinrara Distillery Kinrara Highland Dry

Lanark Distillery Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Gin

Lunun Gin

Purist Marble Gin

South Loch Citrus & Lime Flower Gin

Biggar Gin Herbaceous Recipe

Best London Dry Gin sponsored by Vetroelite

GOLD: Edinburgh Gin Classic

SILVER: Blackwoods 2021 Vintage Dry Gin

BRONZE: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Kintyre Botanical Gin

FINALISTS:

Aldi Eidyn  

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Kintyre Botanical Gin

Lenzie Gin

Caorunn Gin

Crafty Scottish Distillers - Hills & Harbour Gin

Dark Art Distillery Sky Garden Gin

Eden Mill Ramsay’s Gin

Fassfern Dry Gin

Fidra Gin

Gorgeous Gin Miss G Gorgeous Scottish Gin

Great Glen Premium Scottish Gin

Highland Liquor Company Seven Crofts

Edinburgh Gin 1670

Isle of Bute Calums Cabin Gin

Kinrara Distillery Artist Edition “Freya”

Kinrara Distillery Artist Edition “Ginny”

Kinrara Distillery Artist Edition “Struan”

Ben Lomond Scottish Gin

Mackintosh Gin London Dry Gin

North Point Distillery Crosskirk Bay Gin

North Uist Distillery Downpour Scottish Dry Gin

Orkney Gin Company Aatta Gin

Shipyard Gin Original

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

Purist Gin Edinburgh Special Edition 

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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