NEWS: Scottish Gin Awards 2017

The finalists for the first ever Scottish Gin Awards have been announced

The event is being held in conjunction with the Scottish Gin Society

The categories and nominees as follows:

London Dry Gin of the Year
Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin
Eden Mill – Original Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Christmas Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Original Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Seaside Gin
Isle of Harris Gin
LoneWolf Gin
Makar Glasgow Gin
McQueen Super Premium Dry Gin
NB Gin
Pickering’s Gin
Rock Rose Gin
Shetland Reel Ocean Sent Gin
Stirling Gin
Wild Island Botanic Gin
Verdant Dry Gin

My vote would go to: Makar Glasgow Gin

Distilled Gin of the Year
Arbikie Kirsty’s Gin
Eden Mill – Love Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Valentine’s Gin
Gin Bothy Original
Heather Rose Gin
Hills & Harbour Gin
Kirkjuvagr Gin
Persie Zesty Citrus Gin
The Teasmith Gin

My vote would go to: Arbikie Kirsty’s Gin

Navy Strength Gin of the Year
Avva Navy Strength Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Cannonball Gin
Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin
NB Gin Navy Strength
Oaked Highland Distillery Strength
Pickering’s Navy Strength Gin
Shetland Reel Up Helly Aa Gin: 2017 Edition

My vote would go to: Pickering’s Navy Strength Gin

Cask Gin of the Year
Arbikie Cask Aged Kirsty’s Gin
Eden Mill – Oak Gin
Firkin Gin
Makar Cask Aged Gin – Matured In Mulberry Wood
Makar Cask Aged Gin – Matured In Oak
Pickering’s Islay Cask Gin

My vote would go to: Makar Cask Aged – Mulberry

Speciality Gin of the Year
Eden Mill – Hop Gin
Gin Bothy – Gunshot Infused Gin
Makar Old Tom
McQueen Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin
Persie Sweet & Nutty Old Tom Gin
Rock Rose Spring Edition

My vote would go to: Makar Old Tom

Gin Liqueur of the Year
Eden Mill – Strawberry & Black Pepper Liqueur
Edinburgh Gin – Elderflower Liqueur
Edinburgh Gin – Raspberry Liqueur
Edinburgh Gin – Plum & Vanilla Liqueur
Edinburgh Gin – Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur
Gin Bothy – Raspberry Liqueur
Gin Bothy – Chilli Liqueur
Gin Bothy – Amaretto
Gordon Castle – Raspberry Gin

My vote would go to: Edinburgh Gin – Raspberry Liqueur

Scottish Distillery of the Year
Caorunn Balmenach Distillery, Grantown on Spey
Dunnet Bay Distillers
Eden Mill
Edinburgh Gin
Glasgow Distillery
Isle of Harris Distillery
Summerhall Distillery

My vote would go to: Glasgow Distillery

Growth Business of the Year
Dunnet Bay Distillers
Eden Mill
Shetland Distillery Company
Stirling Gin

My vote would go to: Dunnet Bay Distillers

Excellence In Marketing
Eden Mill
Isle of Skye Distillers
Orkney Distilling Ltd.
Summerhall Distillery
The Teasmith Spirit Company

My vote would go to: Summerhall Distillery

Excellence in Branding
Eden Mill
House of Elrick
Isle of Harris Distillery
Lussa Drinks Company
Spirits for Good, Ginerosity
The Teasmith Spirit Company
Colonsay Beverages, Wild Island Gin

My vote would go to: Isle of Harris Distillery

Innovation of the Year
Crafty Distillery
Esker Spirits
Gin Bothy
Spirits for Good
Summerhall Distillery

My vote would go to: Crafty Distillery

Scottish Gin Bar of the Year
56 North
Gin 71
Heads & Tales
One Square

My vote would go to: Gin 71

Note – it’s the only one I have been to, but I would like to try the others for sure!

Scottish Gin Event of the Year
Juniper Gin Festivals
Stirling Gin Festival

My vote would go to: Juniper Gin Festivals

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year
Dunnet Bay Distillers, John O Groats (Rock Rose)
Eden Mill, Guardbridge, Fife
Edinburgh Gin, Edinburgh
Caorunn Balmenach Distillery, Grantown on Spey
Shetland Distillery Company, Unst, Shetland (Shetland Reel)

I’ve not been to any of these, so unable to cast a vote!

My votes as listed above are just based on my personal preferences/thoughts, and are not necessarily reflective of what I think will actually win each category!

The top category of the Awards is the Gin Distillery of the Year, where the nominees have all been selected by assessing performance in both the business categories as well as the taste categories. My vote went to Glasgow Distillery on the basis that they have been able to diversify their range from a single ‘opening’ gin into a couple of different categories, managing to produce different taste sensations which are still identifiable as Makar.

There is however one category which I think is missing from the Awards …

Bottle Design of the Year
Daffy’s Gin
Eden Mill Botano
Isle of Harris Gin
Makar Glasgow Gin
Wild Island Gin

And the winner is … Isle of Harris Gin

Who knows, maybe this will be a real category next year? :-)

The Awards are being held in Glasgow on Thursday 14 September - as it is primarily a trade event, tickets are priced accordingly at £120+VAT (out of my reach unfortunately!) so I will bring you the results here on Ginstagram – best of luck to all nominees!

 Why not leave me a comment & let me know your winners ...