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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.


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 20th September 2018 and will return to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central.







The national awards for Scottish gin has announced the chair of the judging panel for its second annual awards.

Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi Distillery, will chair the panel of 25 independent judges for the Scottish Gin Awards which are celebrated at an annual industry dinner held in September.

The first year of the Scottish Gin Awards welcomed 75 gins into the competition and awards were presented in 14 categories. The role of the chair includes hosting a debate on written entries and overseeing the technical quality of the tasting session.

Alex Bruce, Chair of the Scottish Gin Awards, commented;

“It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to contribute to a high-quality awards programme which rewards authentic Scottish gin producers.  I am very much looking forward to being involved in assessing the many distilleries and products certain to take part in this prestigious competition.

“The Scottish gin industry is maturing into a powerful contributor to the Scottish economy and it is important that we continue to work together as one industry for the benefit of this special category.”

Kirsten Speirs, Director of KDMedia which owns and operates the Scottish Gin Awards commented;

“Everyone will know Alex for his whisky industry credentials but actually he has a wide-ranging drinks industry pedigree.  He brings great business experience and will be a trusted and independent thinker who we can rely on to deliver the best outcome from the panel. We are delighted to have him on board.”

The announcement is joined by the news that a number of new panellists have joined the Scottish Gin Awards judging panel.  Emma Stokes, the Founder of World Gin Day; Bruce Casely, FD Conviviality PLC and Professor Alan Wolstenholme, Chair of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association are among the 25 individuals who are trusted to make decisions in up to 17 categories.

The judging is carried out in two sessions.  19 judges selected for their industry experience will assess the written entries covering categories such as branding, innovation and business growth.  All will then proceed to the second phase of judging, the all-important taste competition.  They will be joined by an additional 6 experts from the drinks industry taking the total tasting panel to 25 in number.

The taste competition is adjudicated for a second year by Cara Technology, the internationally recognised sensory management consultancy.  Gins will be tasted blind in 7 categories.  Judges are presented with two versions of each sample, one neat and one diluted to an equal portion of water.  Marks are allocated across a range of factors including aroma, taste and mouth feel.

The results are processed and will be verified by the chair prior to announcing finalists in June and the winners at the annual Scottish Gin Awards dinner in September.   The winner of the Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year will be presented to the business which performs best in an overall assessment of its written entry combined with marks gained in the taste competition.

The awards take place on Thursday 20 September 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.