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The winners of The Gin Guide Awards 2019 have been announced, with British gins taking centre stage in the international line-up while Norwich puts itself firmly on the map for gin production.
Gins from 24 countries competed in The Gin Guide Awards 2019 in categories based on production methods, styles of gin, and countries of production. The winners are selected through a rigorous blind tasting process conducted by a panel of distinguished gin experts, distillers and mixologists. Each gin’s appearance, aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, finish and overall quality and market appeal are assessed to determine the highest scoring gins, based purely on the spirit and with no influence from branding or marketing.
British gins stole the show with Norwich’s Bullards Gin winning ‘Distillery of the Year’ and achieving multiple Awards for their London Dry Gin, and St Giles Raspberry, Rhubarb and Ginger Gin – also from Norwich – won the Flavoured Gin category. Scotland’s Firkin Cask Aged Gin and Orkney Gin Company’s Johannistag Gin were also category winners, while Kilbroney Premium Irish Gin from Mourne Dew Distillery in Northern Ireland claimed the Contemporary Gin title.
Two little-known European newcomers also made their mark, with Slovenia’s Broken Bones Distillery winning the hotly competed Navy Strength category (gins of 57–58% ABV) and Perfect Crime Gin, produced in the South of France, was the highest scorer in the Distilled Gin (Non London Dry) category.
The Gin Guide Awards is an independent, global celebration of the historic, diverse and growing gin industry. Highly recognised and respected by the trade and consumers alike for its rigorous and quality-focused approach, The Gin Guide Awards serve to highlight the exceptional products, distilleries and people within the gin industry across the world.
Head Judge Paul Jackson, the Founder and Editor of The Gin Guide, commented on The Gin Guide Awards 2019 and the standard of entries:
“The quality and diversity of gins has been outstanding. The range of gins being judged has continued to increase, from beautifully classic London Dry Gins through to exciting and innovative gins from as far as Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand and South Africa.”
“Huge congratulations and significant credibility go to all the winners and finalists. It is a remarkable achievement to be a winner in The Gin Guide Awards, with the need to unanimously impress an expert panel across key characteristics of the spirit. Previous winners have used their success in The Gin Guide Awards to help take their businesses to the next level, and I look forward to seeing this year’s winners benefiting in the same way.”
The overall category winners of The Gin Guide Awards 2019 are listed below and the full details of runners-up and national highest scorers for each category are available on The Gin Guide website:
To register your interest in The Gin Guide Awards 2020, visit: https://www.theginguide.com/gin-awards.html
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For more information, comments or any questions, please contact:
Paul Jackson – Founder & Editor, The Gin Guide