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Welcome to the Scottish Gin Awards

The Scottish Gin Awards is an annual business event which celebrates innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland and is sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society.


Congratulations to all winners in the inaugural event which took place on Thursday 14th September 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central.


The second annual Scottish Gin Awards will take place on Thursday 6 September 2018 in Edinburgh.  To register for updates, email gayle@kdmedia.co.uk




The winners in the first ever professional drinks competition to assess Scotland’s booming gin business have been revealed at a near sell-out event held in Glasgow last night.

530 guests gathered to celebrate the Scottish Gin Awards and to hear who had been crowned the best in the wide ranging competition which has been running since January of this year.

The top award, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was presented to Arbikie Distilling after their mission to create spirits “from field to bottle” was praised by the judging panel. The Arbroath-based farming family fought off seven other distilleries to win the award. They also collected the bronze medal position in the Cask Gin taste competition for “Cask Aged Kirsty’s Gin”.

However, it was a new gin from Dundee which was the surprise star of the night. Verdant Dry Gin which created its first batch in May of this year fought off competition from 16 other contenders to win the gold medal in the London Dry category and went on to win the judges prize for the best gin in the competition.

Other big winners were Edinburgh Gin who collected five medals and the Glasgow Distillery, makers of Makar Gin, which won two gold medals for Makar Old Tom and Makar Cask Aged Gin, Matured in Oak. Popular and established producers such as Caorunn and Eden Mill also won medals, while some smaller batch new arrivals in the market barged into gold medal positions after scoring very highly. NB Gin’s Navy Strength won gold for their super strength product while El-Gin from Elgin won gold for Distilled Gin of the Year.

Awards were also presented for business performance covering business growth, innovation, marketing with the popular Isle of Harris Distillery winning the highly sought-after Excellence in Branding award and Summerhall Distillery collecting two awards for Innovation and Excellence in Marketing for Pickering’s Gin.

Chair of the judging panel, Stephen White, founder of the Scottish Gin Society which sponsors the competition commented;

“Very many congratulations to the winners in the first ever Scottish Gin Awards, I hope that all the medallists and winners take the opportunity to promote their wins in what was a very tough competition.

“We’ve worked very hard to establish the credibility, integrity and impartiality of the Scottish Gin Awards and the turnout from the Scottish distillers has reflected the importance in which they already place the programme. Winning a Scottish Gin Award is a huge opportunity to further the promotion of Scottish gin brands at home, across the UK and abroad.”