Gin of the Year 2018 – The results are in!!

A few months ago I attended the wonderful Bombay Sapphire Distillery to judge for the Gin of the Year Award 18.

The results are in! I’ve just received the press release and I’m delighted to share it with your good selves.

“The Craft Distilling Expo are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Gin of the Year Competition. Entries came from around the world and were all launched in the past year or, if older, had never been judged at the competition before.

The judging panel consisted of distillers, professional gin judges, drinks writers, and gin connoisseurs.

The event was kindly hosted at Laverstoke Mill, home of Bombay Sapphire and special thanks go to Sam Carter and Dr Anne Brock, as well as the judges and the custodian of the competition’s score system, Sara Smith.

All gins were tasted blind and scored from 0-100. The Three top-scoring Classic, Contemporary, and Signature Botanical gins were then judged in a second round with tonic water to determine the winner of each category.”

So, let’s see who won!!!

Best Classic Gin 2018
Dartmouth English Gin, Dartmouth Distillery Company

Classic Gin – Highly Commended
Henstone Gin, Henstone Distillery
Domestique Gin, Puddingstone Distillery

Best Contemporary Gin 2018
Gin EVA Mallorca, Winterling Maier CB

Contemporary Gin – Highly Commended
Bathtub Gin Explorer’s Edition, Ableforth’s
Gata Gin, Colonel’s Microbrewery & Distillery
Procera Gin, Procera Distillery

Best Flavoured Gin 2018
Makar Cherry Gin, Glasgow Distillery Co.

Flavoured Gin – Highly Commended
Double-Sloe Gin, Whittaker’s Gin (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Best Signature Botanical Gin 2018
Finger Lime Gin, That Boutique-y Gin Company

Signature Botanical Gin – Highly Commended
Pink Grapefruit Gin, Haven Gin
Mojito Gin, Conker Spirit (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Best Aged Gin 2018
Greensand Ridge Rye Cask Gin, Greensand Ridge Distillery

Aged Gin – Highly Commended
Aged Perry’s Tot, New York Distilling (That Boutique-y Gin Company)

“The Craft Distilling Expo brings together the world’s pre-eminent distillers, still makers, packagers, marketers, professionals, and connoisseurs – all participants in this newly expanding industry – in an Expo and Conference offering talks, workshops and displays, and including the annual Gin of the Year competition. This year’s Expo was held on Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th September at the Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.”

For more information, please visit http://www.distillingexpo.com.

 

The Gin Guide Awards 2018

The Award winners from the The Gin Guide 2018 have been announced!

Head Judge and Editor of The in Guide, Paul Jackson, kindly got in contact with the news, so naturally I want to share it with your good selves as soon as possible.

“Gins from 19 different countries completed for the coveted titles in The Gin Guide’s annual gin awards, with a leading panel of distillers and industry experts, Four Scottish Gins won awards, including the newly launched Biggar Gin, and Greek Gin has made it’s mark in the industry with Grace Gin winning an award too.”

Excitingly, there were a record number of gins and the quality has been described as ‘unprecedented’.

So, let’s have a drum roll please:

Production Categories

  • London Dry Gin: Winner – Biggar Gin (Scotland)
  • Distilled Gin (Non-London Dry): Winner – Grace Gin (Greece)
  • Compound Gin: Winner – Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas Gin (Scotland)

Style Categories

  • Traditional Gin: Winner – Makar Gin (Scotland)
  • Contemporary Gin: Winner – Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin (England)
  • Flavoured Gin: Winner – Cuckoo Sunshine Gin (England)
  • Old Tom Gin: Winner – The Ginsmiths of Liverpool Marshmallow Gin (England)
  • Navy Strength Gin: Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Storm Strength Gin (Scotland)

Regional Categories

  • UK Gin: Winner – Makar Gin (Scotland)
  • European Gin: Winner – Listoke 1777 Gin (Republic of Ireland)
  • Rest of the World (Non-European) Gin: Winner – Underground Spirits Gin (Australia)

Industry Categories

  • Gin Innovation: Winner – Underground Spirits Gin (Austrailia)

“Scottish Gins stole the show with four different Scottish winners, including two gins from Orkney, the recently launched Biggar Gin and Glasgow favourite Makar Gin. Grace Gin has made a statement in putting Greece on the gin map, while Listoke 1777 Gin and Underground Spirits Gin has showcased the exciting and innovative gin industries in Ireland and Australia respectively. English gins continued to show their pedigree with wins in Contemporary Gin, Flavoured Gin and Old Tom Gin categories.”

The Gin Guide Awards - Judging
Head Judge Paul Jackson was accompanied by Alex Griffiths – Founder of Griffiths Brothers Gin, Rhys James – Distiller at Wayfinder Spirits, Andy Burrows – Editor of Gin Rag, and Natalie Button – Founder of Gin Obsessions.

“Entries were judged in blind tasting sessions across the hotly competed categories. Each gin is assessed using a detailed scorecard developed by The Gin Guide, featuring key characteristics including appearance, aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, finish and overall balance and appeal.”

Full details can be found on The Gin Guide Website and you can register you interest in The Gin Guide Awards 2019 by visiting here. Please do count me as interested, Paul! I’ll be signing up shortly and would love to come and give a hand next year.

On a personal note it’s fantastic to see Underground Spirits doing well for themselves. They’re a great bunch and have a great gin. I’ve been working on a write up for them and it will be posted very soon.

As a judge at The Word Gin Awards 2018. I’m always keen to see other awards, and how they’re judged. I think it’s really important that we keep this variety of competitions. It’s just another wonderful and varied facet of the colourful world of gin.

Well done everyone! Sterling work. Cheers!