The national awards programme which celebrates excellence in Scottish gin has revealed the best gins made in Scotland as part of its 4th annual competition.

The Scottish Gin Awards is the largest gin competition in the UK and revealed its winners last night following a rigorous judging process involving 38 leading experts, the assessment of 85 written entries and the blind tasting of 194 gins, all distilled in Scotland.   

The ultimate award, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, was presented to Crafty Distillery in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, following a year in which it had achieved international growth while maintaining its locally crafted, high quality product values.   

The team behind Hills & Harbour Gin were praised for achieving a perfect balance between provenance, sustainability, sales growth, and product quality.  Judges commended evidence that it had extended its reach across the UK and globally with a series of new and extended distribution deals.

The biggest product award of the night went to Port of Leith Distillery who won The Gold Award for London Dry Gin of the Year for their Lind and Lime Gin.  The product fought off competition from 51 finalists in the most popular category of the night.  The Silver Award was presented to Eidyn Gin (Pronounced Eden) a collaboration between The Old Curiosity Distillery in Midlothian and ALDI.  The Bronze Award was presented to a small batch gin, The Purist Gin made by a lockdown start up, Designer Spirits with Distillutions of Arbroath.

Chair of the judging panel, Adam Hardie, Head of Food and Drink for Johnston Carmichael, commented

“Congratulations to all our Scottish gin businesses for their achievements in this most challenging of years.   Despite the head winds, the Scottish Gin industry has demonstrated its creativity, resilience, and determination to succeed, while maintaining our status as creators of some of the best gin in the world.   

“Winning a Scottish Gin Awards medal is a significant achievement and provides a huge opportunity to promote Scottish gin both at home and abroad.  I hope that this year’s winners will take the opportunity to promote their successes and increase their sales, in what was the largest and toughest competition to date.”

The distillery which scored the highest in the taste competition was Moray distiller, El:gin Findrassie, who collected two Gold Medals for El:Gin Speyside Heather Honey (Flavoured Gin) and El:Gin Moray Berry (Gin Liqueur) MacIntosh Gin and McQueen Gin also performed well collecting a Gold Medal and a Silver Medal each while Edinburgh Gin collected three medals, two Silver and one Bronze.

In the business categories, Eden Mill of St Andrews collected three awards for Best Branding Experience, Excellence in Branding and Product Development Team of the Year.

The news of the winners was announced at a live digital event broadcast from the Glasgow Doubletree by Hilton Hotel by host, the comedian Des Clarke.  Over 250 guests from across the UK logged on to participate in the digital event which was highly interactive involving 40 virtual tables designed in a virtual Awards Room.  Guests enjoyed 1:1 live chat, table to table chat and sent messages of support to all guests.

The annual awards are supported throughout the year by support sponsors Schweppes, Vetroelite, Scottish Distillers Association, Cara Technology, Wolffe and Vision Events Glasgow.  Three award sponsors also supported the event on the night presenting categories sponsored by Halewood, Rankin Brothers & Sons and The Gin Cooperative.

The competition founded by KDMedia in 2016, developed the blind tasting and scoring regime with the award winning, international sensory management consultancy, Cara Technology.  Their sensory experts moderated tastings over several carefully designed sessions when samples were despatched in batches to judges to judge from home.  All judges had to participate in a live Zoom to make sure that all samples were judged at the same time, to eliminate any outside environmental factors. 

194 gins were analysed based on a 5-point scoring system with judges recording scores for aroma, appearance, taste, and an overall score.  The results were compiled using these four scores, plus an average score taken from the appearance, aroma, and taste marks.  The gins were then ranked based on their overall score average to produce the winners.

Only three medals are presented in every category making the Scottish Gin Awards tough to win and highly sought after. 



Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year sponsored by Schweppes

Winner: Crafty Scottish Distillers


Glasgow Distillery Company                     

Isle of Skye Distillers                    

John Crabbie & Co                        

McQueen Gin                 

The Port of Leith Distillery                        


Gin of the Year sponsored by Vetroelite

The gin which scored the highest average mark in the competition

Winner:  Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin; Mackintosh Gin


Best Newcomer

Winner: Highland Liquor Company, Seven Crofts Gin


Bloodline Spirits                           

Double Trouble Drinks                


Isle of Raasay Distillery                

Nautilus Gin Foundry                  

North Uist Distillery       

Roehill Springs Distillery              

Tayport Distillery

Wallhouse Distillery


Growth Business of the Year

Winner: John Crabbie & Co


Fidra Gin

Isle of Barra Distillers                   

Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin                   

Lenzie Gin                        


Excellence in Sustainability

Winner: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers


Electric Spirit Co.                          

Ice and Fire Distillery                   

Kilty Gin                           

Little Brown Dog Spirits               

Tarbraxus Distillers                      


Best Brand Experience sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons 

Winner: Eden Mill St. Andrews


City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School              

Crafty Scottish Distillers


Skaill House      

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North      

Toll House Spirits           


Best Marketing Campaign

Winner:  Edinburgh Gin for “Filled with Wonder”


Eden Mill St. Andrews for “Stay Home and Chill with Eden Mill”                

International Beverage for Caorunn “Simple Pleasures” 

John Crabbie & Co for “Gins Launched in Partnership with Scottish Rugby”                            


Excellence in Branding sponsored by Wolffe

Winner: Eden Mill St. Andrews


Carse of Stirling Distillers                          

City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School              

El:gin Findrassie             

Fidra Gin                          

Glasgow Distillery Company                     

Glaswegin Distilling Co.               

Highland Liquor Company                        

Kinrara Distillery                           

Lussa Drinks Company                

North Uist Distillery                     

Snawstorm Scottish Spirits                       

Stewart Brewing                           

The Biggar Gin Company                           

The Pentland Still                          

Tiree Whisky Company (Tyree Gin)                       


Scottish Gin Destination of the Year sponsored by Scottish Distillers Association

Winner:  Darnley's Gin


Fairytale Distillery                        

Orkney Distilling                           

Red Door Gin at Benromach Distillery                   

South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North                    

The Old Curiosity Distillery                        

The Wee Farm Distillery              


Product Development Team of the Year sponsored by Halewood

Winner:  Eden Mill St. Andrews


Black Thistle Distilleries                             

ELJ Drinks                        

Loch Lomond Group (Ben Lomond Gin)                

McQueen Gin                 

Toll House Spirits                          



London Dry Gin of the Year sponsored by Cara Technology 

GOLD:  Lind & Lime Gin; Port of Leith Distillery

SILVER:   Eidyn Gin; The Old Curiosity Distillery and Aldi

BRONZE:  Purist Gin; Purist Gin   


Ben Lomond Gin

Darnley's Original Gin

Edinburgh Gin Classic

Isle of Harris Gin

Inspirited Original

Kintyre Botanical Gin

Lenzie Gin



1881 Hydro Gin London Dry; Peebles Hydro

Aberdeen Gin; City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School

Acquine Scottish Craft Gin; Lidl GB

Black Thistle Cluaran; Black Thistle Distilleries

Cairngorm Gin; Cairngorm Gin Company

Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin; International Beverage

Ceann Loch Citrus Gin; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Crabbie's 1837 London Dry Gin; John Crabbie & Co

Darnley's Spiced Gin; Darnley's Distillery

Downpour Scottish Dry Gin; North Uist Distillery

Eden Mill Original Gin; Eden Mill St. Andrews

Edinburgh Gin 1670; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Christmas; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Seaside; Edinburgh Gin

Farmhouse Gin;   Farmhouse Gin

Fidra Gin; Fidra Gin

Fresh Gin; City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School

Glaswegin; Glaswegin Distilling Co.

Heart Of Alba; John Crabbie & Co

Hills & Harbour Gin; Crafty Distillery

Isle of Bute Island Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin

Isle of Bute Oyster Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin

Kilty Gin; Kilty Gin

King's Hill Gin; The Pentland Still

Kirkjuvagr Gin; Orkney Distilling

Mackintosh London Dry Gin; Mackintosh Gin

Makar Original Dry Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company

McQueen Super Premium Dry Gin; McQueen Gin

Miss G. Gorgeous Scottish Gin; Gorgeous Gin

Misty Isle Cill Targhlain Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers

Perth Gin; Perth Distillery Company

Red Door Gin; Benromach Distillery

RSPB Wild; The Old Curiosity Distillery

Scottish Dry Gin; Eden Mill St. Andrews & ALDI UK

Seven Crofts; Highland Liquor Company

Snawstorm Dry Gin; Snawstorm Scottish Spirits.

The Collector; Stewart Brewing

The Wandering Gin; City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School

Thyme for Rosemary Gin; City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School

Tuck Shop Gin; City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School

Wild Juniper; Kinrara Distillery



Distilled Gin of the Year sponsored by Cara Technology

GOLD: Isle of Bute Gorse Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin     

SILVER: Rule Gin; Bloodline Spirits                

BRONZE: Wild Rose Gin; Tayport Distillery    


Achroous; Electric Spirit Co.

Artist Edition & Freya; Kinrara Distillery

Barra Atlantic Gin; Isle of Barra Distillers

Biggar Gin Original; The Biggar Gin Company

Caithness Highland Gin;    Ice and Fire Distillery

Crofters Tears Highland Gin; Ice and Fire Distillery

Drovers Gin; The Wee Farm Distillery

Edinburgh Gin Valentines; Edinburgh Gin

el:gin;    El:gin Findrassie

Elements by Haysmiths Air; ALDI

Elements by Haysmiths Earth; ALDI

Elements by Haysmiths Fire; ALDI

Gin No 5; Roehill Springs

Isle of Bute Oaked Gin;      Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin

Isle of Raasay Gin; Isle of Rassay Distillery

Kinrara Highland Dry; Kinrara Distillery

LBD Gin; Little Brown Dog Spirits

Lunun Gin; Lunun Gin

Misty Isle Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers

Redcastle Handcrafted Scottish Gin; Toll House Spirits

Skaill House Gin; Skaill House

Sutors Gin; Nautilus Gin Foundry

Wallhouse Gin "Wally"; Wallhouse Distillery

Wild Island Botanic Gin Distiller's Cut; Colonsay Beverages


High Strength Gin of the Year (50% ABV and over) sponsored by The Gin Cooperative

GOLD: Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

SILVER:  Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin; Mackintosh Gin

BRONZE: Edinburgh Gin Cannonball; Edinburgh Gin


1881 Navy Strength Hydro Gin; Peebles Hydro

Biggar Strength Gin; The Biggar Gin Company

Caorunn Gin Masters Cut; International Beverage

Caorunn Highland Strength; International Beverage

Farmers Strength Drovers Gin; The Wee Farm Distillery

Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin; Dunnet Bay Distillery

Spiced Gin Navy Strength; Darnley's Distillery


Gin Liqueur of the Year

GOLD:  Moray Berry; El:gin Findrassie

SILVER:  Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

BRONZE:  Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate Gin Liqueur; Toll House Spirits     


Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur; Wild Thyme Spirits

Crabbie's 1858 Wildberry Liqueur; John Crabbie & Co

Edinburgh Gin Apple and Spice Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandarin Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Plum and Vanilla Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Pomegranate and Rose Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Strawberry and Pink Pepper Gin Liqueur; Edinburgh Gin

King's Hill Rhubarb & Amaretto Liqueur; The Pentland Still

Kintyre Orange and Coffee Liqueur; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Lenzie Gin Liqueur; Lenzie Gin

Mango and Pineapple Liqueur; Eden Mill St. Andrews

Moray Mocha; El:gin Findrassie

Raspberry, Vanilla and Meringue Liqueur; Eden Mill St. Andrews

Redcastle Blood Orange & Rhubarb Gin Liqueur; Toll House Spirits

Redcastle Strawberry & Elderflower Gin Liqueur; Toll House Spirits

Salted Caramel & Baked Apple Gin Liqueur; Eden Mill St. Andrews & ALDI UK

Spiced Rhubarb Crumble Liqueur; Eden Mill St. Andrews


Flavoured Gin of the Year

GOLD:  El:gin Speyside Heather Honey; El:gin Findrassie

SILVER:  McQueen Premium Pink Gin; McQueen Gin

BRONZE:  Rose & Cardamom; Kinrara Distillery


1881 Pavilion Pink Hydro Gin; Peebles Hydro

1881 Subtly Smoked Hydro Gin; Peebles Hydro

Chocolate and Chilli Gin; Eden Mill St. Andrews

El:gin Gin-gle Gin; El:gin Findrassie

Hebridean Pink Gin; Tiree Whisky Company

Inspirited Pink; Inspirited

Isle of Bute Heather Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin

Lavender and Echinacea Gin; The Old Curiosity Distillery

Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers


Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year

GOLD:  Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin; McQueen Gin & ALDI

SILVER:  Edinburgh Gin Lemon & Jasmine Gin; Edinburgh Gin

BRONZE:  Crabbie's Citrus Orange Gin - George Crabbie Edition; John Crabbie & Co         


Ben Lomond Raspberry & Elderflower Infused Gin; Loch Lomond Group

Boe Passion Fruit Gin; Boe Gin

Caorunn Scottish Raspberry; International Beverage

Clydesdale Gin; The Wee Farm Distillery

Crabbie's Pink Raspberry & Ginger Gin - Jack Crabbie Edition; John Crabbie & Co

Double Trouble Gin; Double Trouble Drinks

Downpour Sloe & Bramble Gin; North Uist Distillery

Edinburgh Gin Bramble & Honey Gin; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin; Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin; Edinburgh Gin

Ellis Gin No.5 Lemon Gin; ELJ Drinks

Heart Of Alba Raspberry; John Crabbie & Co

Lemon Verbena; The Old Curiosity Distillery

McQueen Black Cherry and Vanilla Gin; McQueen Gin

Plum and Pink Grapefruit; Eden Mill St. Andrews & ALDI

South Loch Citrus & Lime Flower; South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North


Old Tom Gin of the Year

GOLD:  Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin; Mackintosh Gin

SILVER:  Makar Old Tom Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company            

BRONZE:  South Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom; South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North    


Colonsay Gin Cait Sith; Wild Thyme Spirits

Crabbie's 1891 Old Tom; John Crabbie & Co

Kirkjuvagr Beyla Gin; Orkney Distilling

Misty Isle Pink Raspberry Old Tom Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers

No 29; Fairytale Distillery

Smithies Honeycomb Old Tom; Smithies Gin Company