It was a true night of glitz and glamour as Scotland once again celebrated the success of its gin market at this year’s Scottish Gin Awards 2018.
Taking place at the stylish Hilton Doubletree in Glasgow, the awards spotlighted an incredible diversity of gin, with categories awarded in both Business and Taste.
The evening kicked off incredibly well for the popular Edinburgh Gin who scooped two prizes for Growth Business of the Year and Innovation of the Year for Edinburgh Gin 1670.
Meanwhile, St Andrews based distillery Eden Mill also had much to celebrate with their Original Gin. Not only was it crowned best in show in the London Dry category, but it also took home the top prize for Gin of the Year.
However, it was the producer of one of our best gins that won the top award: Scottish Distillery of the Year.
Isle of Harris Distilleries and the Isle of Harris Gin brand fought off Eden Mill, McQueen Gin, Edinburgh Gin and Glasgow Distillery Company to clinch the top title.
Elsewhere, other big winners included Deeside Distillery who won Gold for Navy Strength Gin with their eye-watering Still River Uncut Gin at 77% vol.
McQueen Gin also had a fantastic night, winning critical acclaim for both their Mocha Gin and their Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin in the Specialty Gin of the Year category.
Misty Isle Gin took home gold for best Distilled Gin, while Glasgow Distillery fought off stiff competition for Cask Gin of the Year with their Makar Cask Aged Gin Matured in Mulberry Wood.
Over on gin liqueurs, Boe took gold with its Scottish Bramble offering, and bronze with Peach & Hibiscus.
These gold winners in each of the categories then formed the finalists for Gin of the Year, alongside the eventual winner, Original Gin from Eden Mill.
The awards also uncovered a few perfect gin joints.
Aberdeen based gin bar, The Craftsman Company, was crowned Scottish Gin Bar of the Year, The Gin Fayre was awarded Scottish Gin Event of the Year and Crafty Distillery beat out the likes of Isle of Harris Distillers and Summerhall Distillery to win Scottish Gin Destination of the Year.
The winners in full:
Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Blackadders
Winner: Edinburgh Gin
Innovation of the Year sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons
Winner: Edinburgh Gin for Edinburgh Gin 1670
Exporter of the Year sponsored by Forth Ports Grangemouth
Winner: Eden Mill
Scottish Gin Event of the Year sponsored by Blue Parrot Company
Winner: No.18 (The Gin Fayre)
Excellence in Branding sponsored by McLaren Packaging
Winner: Electric Spirit Co.
Excellence in Marketing sponsored by orb VM
Winner: Eden Mill
Best Marketing Campaign sponsored by kimiauk
Winner: Persie Distillery for Beyond the Liquid with Humour
Scottish Gin Destination of the Year sponsored by Campbell Dallas
Winner: Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
Scottish Gin Bar of the Year sponsored by TLT Solicitors
Winner: The Craftsman Company, Aberdeen
Winner: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers
Highly Commended: Crafty Scottish Distillers
Navy Strength Gin of the Year sponsored by cara technology
Gold: Still River Uncut Gin – Deeside Distillery
Silver: Arkh-Angell Storm Strength Edition – Orkney Distilling
Bronze: Navy Strength Cannonball Gin – Edinburgh Gin
Cask Gin of the Year sponsored by Wolffe
Gold: Makar Cask Aged Gin – Matured in Mulberry Wood – Glasgow Distillery Company
Silver: Pickering’s Islay Oak Aged Gin – Summerhall Distillery
Bronze: Oak Gin – Eden Mill
Speciality Gin of the Year sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers
Gold: McQueen Mocha Gin
Silver: Shetland Reel Simmer Gin
Bronze: McQueen Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin
Gin Liqueur of the Year sponsored by Foodies
Gold: Boe Scottish Bramble Gin Liqueur
Silver: Edinburgh Gin Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur
Bronze: Boe Peach & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur
London Dry Gin of the Year sponsored by Franklin & Sons Ltd
Gold: Original Gin – Eden Mill
Silver: Boe Scottish Gin
Bronze: Crossbill 100% Highland – Crossbill Distilling
Distilled Gin of the Year sponsored by Aldi
Gold: Misty Isle Gin – Isle of Skye Distillers
Silver: Persie Dog Days Gin – Persie Distillery
Bronze: Hills and Harbour Gin – Crafty Distillery
Gin of the Year sponsored by Vetroelite
Winner: Original Gin – Eden Mill
Scottish Distillery of the Year sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society
Winner: Isle of Harris Distillers