Isle of Harris Distillers claimed the Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year crown at the second annual Scottish Gin Awards, held recently in Glasgow (September 20).
It was also a good night for Eden Mill, which won five awards. Its Original Gin was victorious in the London Dry gin category before taking the top taste award of Gin of the Year. The St Andrews-based distiller also won business awards for Excellence in Marketing and Export and a bronze medal for its Oak Gin in the Cask/Aged Gin of the Year.
Other winners were Edinburgh Gin, which took the title for Growth Business and Innovation of the Year for Edinburgh Gin 1670, a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. It won silver and bronze taste medals for its Cannonball Navy Strength gin and its Pomegranate and Rose liqueur.
Alloa-based Boe Gin won gold, silver and bronze medals for its Boe Scottish Bramble Liqueur, Boe Scottish Gin and its Peach & Hibiscus liqueur respectively.
McQueen Gin from Callander also enjoyed success for its flavoured gins, winning gold for its Mocha Gin in the speciality category and bronze for its Spiced Chocolate Orange gin.
The awards also raised funds for Edinburgh-based charity, It’s Good 2 Give, which last year opened a respite home named The Ripple Retreat in the Trossachs for families who have children with cancer.
Alex Bruce, Chair of the judging panel and Managing Director of Adelphi Distillery, commented: “Congratulations to all the Scottish distilleries and supporting companies who have won at the Scottish Gin Awards. The Scottish gin sector can be very proud. These medals will help retain our precious reputation as a global centre in the production of high-quality spirits.”