Scottish Gin Awards – The Winners!

After much anticipation, the Scottish Gin Award winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony in Glasgow last week and we were delighted and honoured to be presenting one of the main awards of the evening for ‘Scottish Gin of the Year’.

With hosts Des Clarke and Catriona Shearer, over 500 guests gathered to hear the winners announced in 15 categories.

The top award, ‘Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year’, was presented to Arbikie Distilling after their mission to create spirits “from field to bottle” was praised by the judging panel.  The Arbroath-based farming family fought off seven other distilleries to win the award and they also collected the bronze medal position in the Cask Gin taste competition for their “Cask Aged Kirsty’s Gin.”

However, it was a new gin from Dundee which was the surprise star of the night.  Verdant Dry Gin, which created its first batch in May of this year, fought off competition from 16 other contenders to win the gold medal in the London Dry category and went on to win the judges prize for the best gin in the competition sponsored by Geraldo’s.  Owner and Managing Director, Toni, presented the award to a delighted Andrew Mackenzie and his wife Judy pictured below.

Other big winners were Edinburgh Gin who collected five medals and the Glasgow Distillery, makers of Makar Gin, who won two gold medals for Makar Old Tom and Makar Cask Aged Gin, Matured in Oak.  Popular and established producers such as Caorunn and Eden Mill also won medals, while some smaller batch new arrivals in the market barged into gold medal positions after scoring very highly.  NB Gin’s Navy Strength won gold for their super strength product while El-Gin from Elgin won gold for Distilled Gin of the Year.

Awards were also presented for business performance covering business growth, innovation and marketing with the popular Isle of Harris Distillery winning the highly sought-after Excellence in Branding award.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.  It was the perfect night to celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland and recognise the hard-work of the people behind their gins.  We were thrilled to be part of it!  Congratulations also to founder Stephen White of The Scottish Gin Society and KD Media for an excellent evening.

We can safely say that the GINdustry is booming!

 

 

Gin Ahoy!

Ten gin distilleries, 25 types of gin, 350 salmon canapes and a marquee full of gin enthusiasts soaking up the regatta atmosphere.  I think we can safely say that Regatta GinFest floated everyone’s boat last Saturday.

The sun came out just in time for our ginfest attendees to walk the red carpet and enter the Regatta Marquee on the first day of Largs Regatta Week.  This Regatta is one of Scotland’s premier sailing events which has been running for 29 years and includes yacht, dinghy and skiff racing over 10 days.  The event is held at Largs Yacht Haven which has been awarded the very prestigious UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2017; the perfect venue for a GinFest!

While the yachts were competing on the water, the land-based gin fans enjoyed sampling and learning about a wide range of gins from ten distilleries across the country, many of which are finalists at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards.  And for those who fancied a wee nibble, Loch Fyne Oysters were showcasing their Makar Gin-infused smoked salmon.  All 350 delicious canapes went down a storm!

Check out the official photos by Marc Turner.

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If you missed out this time, don’t worry as we still have tickets left for Geraldo’s Gin Fest on 24th November in The Brisbane House Hotel in Largs.  They are selling quick so best book soon!

We also have an exciting calendar of in-store tasting events over the coming months.  Keep an eye on our Facebook Events page for details.  Pop into Geraldo’s of Largs this Saturday from 12.30 – 3pm to try the deliciously smooth Arran Gold Cream Liqueur.  There’s even some Arran Gold Truffles, courtesy of the Arran Chcolate Factory to go with it but you’ll have to be quick as these are limited.

Finally we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of those who attended and supported us at Regatta GinFest.  We couldn’t do it without you!  Thanks to Largs Yacht Haven, Largs Sailing Club, Largs Regatta Week, Marc Turner (for photos), Brockmans, Rock Rose, Darnley’s, Arbikie, Wild Thyme Spirits, Select Drams, Kirkjuvagr, Avva, Shetland Reel, Makar, Loch Fyne and Gin & Mix.  You’re all wonderful!