Brands selected for good taste

Stirling Distillery’s Gin Blue Line spirit.

GIN brands from across Scotland have been named as winners in this year’s Great Taste Awards.

Biggar Strength Gin from The Biggar Gin Company in South Lanarkshire gained a three-star rating in the awards scheme, which provides three levels of accreditation: one star to “simply delicious” products; two stars for “outstanding”products; and three stars to those deemed “exquisite”.

Gins from five Scottish producers secured two stars in this year’s accreditation scheme: Ian Macleod Distillers’ Edinburgh Gins Classic; Downpour Gin from North Uist Distillery; Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin; Solway Spirits’ Cumberland Saucy Gin and Redcastle Blueberry Old Tom Gin from Toll House Spirits.

A further 12 producers gained one-star accreditation for their gins: Orkney Gin Company for Atta Gin; RAER Craft Spirits for RAER Jackton Gin; McLean’s Gin for Strathearn Hedgerow Gin; Purist Gin for Purist Art Gin; Orkney Distilling for Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Storm Strength Orkney Gin; Esker Spirits for Esker Gin; Pentland Still for King’s Hill Gin; Cairngorm Gin Company for Cairngorm Gin; Moray Distillery for Avva Navy Strength Gin; and City of Aberdeen Distillery for Aberdeen Gin – Fresh Gin.

Stirling Distillery was awarded one-star accreditation for two of its products: Stirling Gin and Stirling Gin Blue Line – the distillery’s most recent release which was created to raise money for police officers, past and present, who suffer with PTSD; 20% of profits go to police charity PTSD999.

And Perthshire distiller Badvo secured one-star accreditation for three of its gins.

The company’s flagship Badvo Gin, Vietnam Gin and Ballintaggart Foraged Gin were all acknowledged by the Great Taste Awards scheme.