At a packed venue, full of all the glamour and tartan you’d expect to see at a Scottish gin event, Scotland celebrated its burgeoning gin industry with the Scottish Gin Awards 2019.
Taking place at the stylish Hilton Doubletree in Glasgow, the national awards spotlighted the incredible diversity of gin from across the country, with categories being awarded in business, taste and innovation.
The winners were revealed following a rigorous judging process involving 30 gin experts from across the UK, who assessed 104 written entries and blind tasted a delicious sounding 173 gins – all of which were distilled and bottled in Scotland.
The top prize on the evening, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was awarded to Caithness-based Dunnet Bay Distillers, following their enormous growth and expansion of their Rock Rose Gin range and commitment to sustainable business practices, community engagement and investment in their local area.
The biggest winner on the night, however, was a small West of Scotland distiller who make just a tiny batch of gin for a local deli.
Lenzie Gin, who use cranberry and locally grown bilberry to create their unique gin, bested 44 others to win gold in the London Dry Gin of the Year and Gin of the Year categories.
Other winners on the night included the likes of Edinburgh Gin, who took a collection of awards including Best Marketing Campaign, while last year’s Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, Isle of Harris Distillers, were recognised as the Exporter of the Year.
The awards cermony, which is now in its third year, was supported by sponsors Aldi, Schweppes, Vetroelite and the Scottish Distillers Association.
The awards also helped to raise donations for two nominated charities, The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland, and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by Scottish Rugby Legend Doddie Weir to help those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.
The Scottish Gin Awards 2019 Winners in Full:
Business & Innovation Awards
Scottish Gin Event of the Year Sponsored by Schweppes
Winner: The Big Big Gin Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Highly Commended: Gintyre, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers, Explore Campbeltown and South Kintyre Development Trust
Scottish Gin Destination of the Year Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Awards
Winner: The Orkney Distillery
Best Brand Experience Sponsored by Rankin
Winner: The A Club, Arbike Distillery
Excellence in Branding Sponsored by McLaren Packaging
Winner: Lind & Lime, The Port of Leith Distillery
Best Marketing Campaign Sponsored by Orb Group
Winner: Botanical Bouquets, Edinburgh Gin
Highly Commended: Beinn an Turic
Exporter of the Year Sponsored by Forth Ports Grangemouth
Winner: Isle of Harris Distillers LTD
Innovation of the Year Sponsored by MacRoberts LLP
Winner: Lussa Drinks Company
Growth Business of the Year Sponsored by Halewood
Winner: McQueen Gin
Highly Commended: The Shetland Distillery Company
Best Newcomers Sponsored by Kimiauk
Winner: Glenwyvis Distillery
Old Tom Gin of the Year Sponsored by Scottish Distillers Association
Gold: Holyrood Auld Tam, Holyrood Distillery
Silver: Rock Rose Old Tom Pink Grapefruit, Dunnet Bay Distillers
Bronze: Firkin Old Tom, Gleann Mor Spirits Co.
Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Awards
Gold: Caorunn Scottish Rasberry, Caorunn Balmenach Distillery
Silver: Passion Fruit & Coconut Gin, Eden Mill in Collaboration with Aldi
Bronze: Rhubard & Ginger Gin, Edinburgh Gin
Flavoured Gin of the Year Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Awards
Gold: Persie Herby & Aromatic Gin, Persie Distillery
Silver: Persie Spaniel Gin, Persie Distillery
Bronze: Misty Lise Mulled Christmas Gin, Isle of Skye Distillers
Gin Liqueur of the Year Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Awards
Gold: El:Gin Moray Mocha, El:Gin
Silver: Redcastle Passion Fruit & Mango Gin Liqueur, Redcastle Spirits
Bronze: Blackcurrent, Rhubard & Ginger Gin Liqueur, Eden Mill in Collaboration with Aldi
Cask Gin of the Year Sponsored by Wolffe
Gold: Makar Mulberry Aged Gin, Glasgow Distillery Company
Silver: Cask Finish Gin, Avva Scottish Gin, Moray Distillery
Bronze: Firkin Cask Aged Cote du Roussillon Red, Gleann Mor Spirits Co.
High Strength Gin of the Year Sponsored by The Gin Cooperative
Gold: Pickerings Gin – Navy Strength, Summerhall Distillery
Silver: Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell, Orkney Distilling
Bronze: Something Clear, Mclean’s Gin
Distilled Gin of the Year Sponsored by Contract Bottlers Glasgow
Gold: Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin – Winter Edition, Dunnet Bay Distillers
Silver: Kinrara Highland Dry, Kinrara Distillery
Bronze: Isle of Bute Gorse Gin, Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin
London Dry Gin of the Year Sponsored by Franklin & Sons
Gold: Lenzie Gin
Silver: Mackintosh Gin
Bronze: Glaswegin, Glaswegin Distilling Co.
Gin of the Year Sponsored by Vetroelite
Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year Sponsored by Aldi
Dunnet Bay Distillers