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Celebrating Scottish Gin

Posted on 14th March 2017
Celebrating Scottish Gin

Scotland’s booming gin businesses have gathered in support of a new national awards programme which aims to promote the growing range of high quality gins produced in Scotland.

The Scottish Gin Awards, sponsored by the Scottish Gin Society, has launched with a promise to reward achievements in gin distilling.  Scotland now produces over 70% of the gin consumed in the UK and exports are predicted to outsell whisky by 2020.

An independent judging panel which includes some of the foremost gin experts in the UK will gather later this year to judge 12 categories which cover both business achievements and taste.

The awards, which are free to enter, are sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society a new national online community which celebrates Scottish gin.  Its founder, Stephen White, commented;

“The Scottish Gin Awards will give Scottish producers a fantastic opportunity for further business growth at a national and international level.  Gin exports are at an all-time high and predicted to increase further so winning one of these awards will give Scottish gins further distinction and positive sales advantage.”

Geraldine Coates, founder of GinTime, and one of the UK’s most highly regarded gin experts has been appointed as a judge.  She commented;

“This is a terrific idea which will really help to identify and reward hard working Scottish distillers.  I would encourage all gin companies which are eligible to enter to come forward and take advantage of the many opportunities this competition will bring.”

The competition will be operated under strict tasting conditions, supervised by the internationally regarded sensory management consultancy Cara Technology.  Six categories of gins will be tasted and these are; Cask/Aged Gin; London Dry Gin; Navy Strength; Distilled Gin; Gin Liqueur and Speciality Gin.

12 categories will cover business performance including topics such as innovation, export, marketing and design and business growth.

The Scottish Gin Society

Founded in 2015, the Society’s aim is to celebrate Scotland’s diverse and progressive range of gins and gin distilleries.  The Society’s continuously growing online community offers the ultimate place of choice for those seeking to learn more about Scotland’s booming gin scene and play an active part in it.

Everything we do at the Scottish Gin Society is borne from our passion for gin and we aim to provide information on everything that’s new and innovative and share our knowledge with fellow gin lovers.  Working closely with a range of distillers and bars, we regularly bring together the people who make great gin in Scotland and those who enjoy drinking it with our events across the country.

The Scottish Gin Society is also a key partner in the delivery of the new Scottish Gin Awards as the headline sponsor.