Scottish spirits shine in World Gin Awards

DISTILLERIES on Mull, the Cairngorms and Edinburgh were among the winners in the first round of this year’s World Gin Awards.

Spirits by producers including Tobermory Distillery, Edinburgh Gin and Kinrara Distillery were named ‘country winners’ in a number of categories by the awards scheme, which welcomes entries from across the world.

Tobermory’s Mountain Gin was named country winner for Scotland in the Classic Gin category, with Kinrara’s Scottish Highland Dry Gin being named best in Scotland in the Contemporary Style Gin category.

Caorunn Scottish Raspberry was named best Flavoured Gin in Scotland, with Roehill Springs’ Navy Strength named Scottish country winner in the London Dry category.

Firkin Red Wine Cask was singled out as the top Scottish gin in the Matured Gin category, while Edinburgh Gin’s Cannonball version emerged as the top Scottish contender in the Navy category.

Secret Garden Distillery in Edinburgh was named country winner in the Signature Botanical category for its Lemon Verbena Gin.

The second round of the contest will see judges narrow the results in each category to name overall winners. Last year Tobermory’s Mountain Gin went on to be named World’s Best Classic Gin in the final listings.

Laura Thomson, global brand manager at Tobermory Distillery, said: “It’s incredible to impress the World Gin Award judges for a second year in a row.

“Every bottle transports drinkers to our beautiful island where this gin takes its inspiration. From the wild purple heather clad mountains to the dash of new make spirit from our whisky stills, the smooth and refreshing gin represents the very best of Mull.”