Finalists Revealed in the First Annual Scottish Gin Awards
The finalists in the first annual Scottish Gin Awards have been announced with 28 producers and 56 gins progressing to finalist stage in the new national competition.
The awards, sponsored by The Scottish Gin Society, cover both taste and business performance and were judged earlier this month by a highly experienced judging panel consisting of some of Scotland’s foremost gin and distilling experts.
Eight distilleries will also fight it out for the top prize, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year. Arbikie, Balmenach Distillery; Dunnet Bay Distillers; Eden Mill; Edinburgh Gin Distillery; Glasgow Distillery; Isle of Harris Distillery; and Summerhall Distillery have been selected following the strict independent judging process. All have been selected by assessing performance in both business categories and taste. In choosing the finalists, the distilleries had to score high marks in the written submission for Distillery of the Year while also reaching the finals of the taste categories.
75 Scottish gins were marked by 12 judges in a blind tasting adjudicated by the international sensory management consultancy, Cara Technology. More than half of all the entered gins have been selected in the taste categories as finalists as they scored the highest. The top three performers will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of six categories.
Of the finalists, Edinburgh Gin leads the race with the highest number of gins in the finals. Eden Mill, Gin Bothy and Summerhall Distillery, the makers of Pickering’s Gin, follow with five gins each followed closely by The Glasgow Distillery, the makers of Makar Gin, with four. For a full list of finalists visit www.scottishginawards.co.uk/finalists.
Chair of the judging panel, Stephen White, founder of the Scottish Gin Society which sponsors the competition commented;
“Chairing the judging session for the Scottish Gin Awards was challenging but one which the panel absolutely thrived on. We reviewed a total of 60 written entries which we debated thoroughly, ensuring the process was rigorous, fair and crucially, free from any commercial influence.
“The evidence we reviewed showed that the Scottish gin industry is a vibrant, creative and high quality centre for the delivery of premium product which is among the best in the world. I expect that we will see many of our top producers gain the recognition that will come from winning one of these sought after awards.”
The winners will be announced at the Scottish Gin Awards dinner and celebration on Thursday 14 September 2018 held at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Glasgow.