Scots gins show competitive spirit

Brands set to battle it out in second annual awards scheme

The awards were judged by a panel of gin experts from a range of different professions

DISTILLERS from across Scotland will battle it out in Glasgow this September when the city hosts the second annual Scottish Gin Awards.

More than 40 companies and 80 gins have been shortlisted across 18 categories, which are split into awards for business as well as for taste.

Eden Mill leads the charge with nominations in ten categories, with McQueen Gin close behind with nine.

Other finalists include Orkney Distilling, Edinburgh Gin, Firkin Gin, Pickering’s, Isle of Skye Distillers and Crossbill Distillery.

Entries were assessed by a 22-strong judging panel that included master distillers and university professors.

Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi Distillery and chair of the judging panel, said the competition “has been very tough but everyone can be assured that the process of judging is independent and free from commercial influence”.

“All the finalists have progressed purely on merit and thanks to the support of a highly experienced judging panel.

“We look forward to celebrating with the entire Scottish gin industry in Glasgow on September 20, 2018.”

The taste categories include London Dry Gin of the Year; Distilled Gin of the Year; Navy Strength Gin of the Year; and Gin Liqueur of the Year, while business categories include Best Newcomer; Innovation of the Year; and Excellence in Marketing.

The top award of the night will be the presentation of the Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year. Eden Mill, Edinburgh Gin, Glasgow Distillery Company, Isle of Harris Distillers and McQueen Gin are all shortlisted.

The Scottish Gin Awards will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow on Thursday, September 20.