The winners of the biggest competition of Scottish gin held anywhere in the world have been revealed at a drinks industry celebration held in Glasgow last night.

21 winners have been announced at the 5th annual Scottish Gin Awards, the awards programme which identifies the best gin businesses and gin products created in Scotland.

The ultimate award of the night, Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year 2021 sponsored by Contract Bottlers Glasgow, was presented to Isle of Harris Distillery.  Harris clinched the prize in an all-island final with 3 other Hebridean distilleries.  All four distilleries made the journey to Glasgow last night to celebrate with 300 colleagues from across the gin industry. 

45 expert judges participated in the event which assessed written entries from 67 Scottish gin businesses and involves a rigorous taste competition which evaluated 320 gins. 

The Scottish Gin Awards are highly valued by the industry due to its strict judging protocol.  Only 60 % of entered product makes it through to the finals and only the top three products in each category are presented with medals. 

Adam Hardie, Chair of the 2021 Scottish Gin Awards, commented.

“Scotland has a world class record in gin distilling and production and these awards recognise those businesses which, despite the odds, are really at the top of their game.   This year, the Scottish gin industry has shown resilience, innovation, and creativity.  Congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to seeing medals on all winning products as we approach the all-important Christmas season.”

The popular London Dry Gin of the Year award, sponsored by Vetroelite, welcomed 47 gins in the finals.  The top award, the gold medal, was presented to Kinrara Distillery of Aviemore, for their Artist Edition Gin of Ginny the Coo.  Silver was presented to Ben Lomond London Dry and Bronze medal was presented to Pixel Spirits Devil’s Staircase Gin.

It was a good night for Eden Mill who collected 4 medals, the most of any distillery in the competition.    Edinburgh-based boutique distillery South Loch Gin, which distils on site at the bar 56 North also did well.  They collected two gold medals in the Flavoured Gin category for Citrus and Lime Flower Gin and Spiced Cranberry and Clementine.   

4 new awards for 2021 were presented for Best Pink Gin, Best Festive Gin and the Flavoured Gin category has been split with new categories for Citrus and Berry Flavoured. 

Gin continues to experience record high sales according to the WSTA with total sales to the year ending March 2021 worth over £2 billion pounds.  £1.2 billion of these sales were made in shops, supermarkets and online.  Most distilleries have weathered the storm of the pandemic experiencing increases in online sales while sales in the off trade have declined with lockdown.

Research from the WSTA also reports that 40% of the gin market is now populated by flavoured gins as sales of these products were up 37% in a year and worth around 40% of the total gin market by volume and value.



The Winners:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year sponsored by Contract Bottlers Glasgow

WINNER: Isle of Harris Distillers


Isle of Barra Distillers

Isle of Skye Distillers

North Uist Distillery Co.


Best Newcomer

WINNER: Dark Art Distillery


Isle of Cumbrae Distillery

Perth Gin Distillery

Purist Gin

Raer Jackton Distillery

Rhidorroch Distillery  


Excellence in Sustainability sponsored by Summerhall Drinks Lab

WINNER:  Muckle Brig Beverages


Arbikie Distilling

Electric Spirit Co.


Excellence in Branding sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

WINNER: Isle of Harris Distillers


Biggar Gin

Boe Gin

Dark Art Distillery

Eden Mill


Fidra Gin

Linlithgow Distillery

Mackintosh Gin

McQueen Gin

Secret Garden


Best Digital Experience sponsored by Wolffe

WINNER:  Isle of Harris


Beinn an Tuirc Distillers

Eden Mill

Electric Spirit Co.

Mackintosh Gin

Pixel Spirits


Sales Team of the Year sponsored by Scottish Distillers Alliance

WINNER: Isle of Barra Gin Distillery


Lussa Gin
South Loch Gin


Excellence in Social Media

WINNER: Edinburgh Gin


Colonsay Beverages

Isle of Harris Distillers

Little Brown Dog


Retailer of the Year

WINNER: Craft 56



Billingtons of Linzie

Highland Liquor Company


Product Development Team of the Year

WINNER: Eden Mill


Badachro Distillery

City of Aberdeen Distillery

Isle of Bute Gin

Linlithgow Distillery

Tayport Distillery




London Dry Gin sponsored by Vetro Elite

GOLD Kinrara Artist Edition 'Ginny'

SILVER  Ben Lomond London Dry Gin

BRONZE Pixel Spirits Devil's Staircase


Badachro Gin

Balmoral Estates Ballochbuie Gin

Beinn an Tuirc Ceann Loch Citrus Gin

Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre Gin

Black Thistle London Dry Gin

Boe Scottish Gin

Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery Aberdeen Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery Fresh Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery Lemon Zingle Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery the Wandering Gin

Crafty Scottish Distillers Hills & Harbour Gin

Dark Art Distillery, Sky Garden Gin

Edinburgh Gin 1670

Edinburgh Gin Classic

Edinburgh Gin Seaside

Farmhouse Gin

Fassfern Dry Highland Gin

Fidra Gin

Glasgow Distillery Makar Original Dry Gin

Glaswegin Premium Gin

Great Glen

Inspirited Original

Isle of Bute Calums Cabin Gin

Isle of Bute Gin

Isle of Harris Gin

Isle of Skye Misty Isle Cill Targhlain

Lenzie Gin

Lind & Lime Gin


Mackintosh London Dry Gin

North Uist Distillery Downpour Gin

Old Poison Selkie

Orkney Distilling Northwest Passage Expedition Gin

Peebles Hydro 1881 London Dry

Persie Labrador Gin

Perth Gin Original

Pixel Spirits Drookit Piper

Purist Art Gin

Redcastle Handcrafted Scottish Gin

Seven Crofts

Solway Spirits Dry Gin

Tear Drop Gin

The Pentland Still King's Hill Gin


Distilled Gin sponsored by Joseph Flach & Son

GOLD:  Lunun Gin

SILVER:  Pixel Spirits Scottish Chanterelle Gin      

BRONZE: Little Brown Dog Spirits LBD GIN Unlimited Edition


Bloodline Spirits Rule Gin             

Colonsay Beverages Distillers Cut Gorse Gin        

Colonsay Beverages Wild Island Botanic Gin- Distillers Cut            

Eden Mill Golf Gin           

Electric Spirit Co. Achroous Gin  

Inverclyde Gin   

Isle of Bute Gorse Gin    

Isle of Bute Heather Gin

Isle of Bute Oyster Gin   

Isle of Cumbrae Nostalgin

Isle of Skye Distillers Misty Isle Gin          

Kinrara Artist Edition 'Struan'     

Kinrara Highland Dry      

Lanark Distillery Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Gin       

Lussa Gin            

McQueen Highland Dry Gin         

Purist Gin Purist Marble

RAER Jackton Gin            

Rhidorroch Distillery Loch Achall Gin       

Roehill Springs Distillery Gin No 5

Tayport Distillery Scots Pine Gin

The Biggar Gin Company Original Recipe Biggar Gin         

The Jaunty Camper Gin 

The Wee Farm Distillery Drovers Gin

Tobermory Limited Edition Mountain Gin             

Toll House Spirits Toll House Gin              


High Strength Gin sponsored by The Gin Cooperative

GOLD: Beinn an Tuirc Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin

SILVER: The Wee Farm Distillery Farmers Strength Drovers Gin

BRONZE: The Biggar Gin Company Biggar Strength


Badachro 57 Storm Strength

Caorunn Highland Strength

Edinburgh Gin Cannonball

Inspirited Navy Strength Spiced

Inverclyde Gin Port Strength

Peebles Hydro 1881 Honours Navy Strength

Purist Gin Purist Black 57

Seven Crofts Fisherman's Strength

Stirling Distillery Battle Strength


Berry Flavoured Gin

GOLD: Boe Raspberry & Sweet Basil Gin

SILVER: Eden Mill, Forager Gin

BRONZE: Inspirited, Summer Berries and Hibiscus            


Ben Lomond Infused Blackberry & Gooseberry Gin           

Ben Lomond Infused Raspberry & Elderflower Gin            

Boe Bramble Gin                            

Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin

City of Aberdeen Distillery, Scottish Bramble Gin                             

Edinburgh Gin Gooseberry & Elderflower Gin      

Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin      

Fassfern Distillery Bramble Highland Gin

Glasgow Distillery Makar Cherry Gin       

Glaswegin Distilling Co Glaswegin Raspberry & Rhubarb Gin         

Lanark Distillery Corra Linn Handcrafted Scottish Raspberry Gin

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate Gin           


Citrus Flavoured Gin

GOLD: South Loch Citrus & Lime Flower 

SILVER: Persie Zesty Citrus Gin   

BRONZE: Eden Mill Golden Lore Gin        


Aldi Eidyn Botancial Gin               

Ben Lomond Infused Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit      

El:gin 2020 - a year to remember              

Linlithgow Distillery LinGin Colours Yuzu

McQueen Gin Citron Gin              

Secret Garden Distillery  Lemon Verbena Gin

South Loch Sicilian Lemon & Ginger         

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Blood Orange & Rhubarb Gin             


Herb & Spice Flavoured Gin

GOLD: South Loch Spiced Cranberry & Clementine           

SILVER: Kinrara  Distiller's Edition Rose & Cardamom

BRONZE: El:gin Speyside Heather Honey


Aldi Toradh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin           

City of Aberdeen Distillery Chamomile Gin           

Eden Mill Serendipity Gin            

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin      

McQueen Gin Five Chilli Gin        

Secret Garden Distillery  Elderflower & Jasmine Gin


Flavoured Gin

GOLD: LinGin Colours Coconut  

SILVER: Peebles Hydro 1881 Tiffin Gin    

BRONZE: Eden Mill Rosa Rosa Gin            


City of Aberdeen Distillery Choc Mint Gin             

Eden Mill Forbidden Gin              

Eden Mill Passion Gin    

Secret Garden Distillery  Pinot Noir Gin

Secret Garden Distillery  Apothecary Rose Gin

Solway Spirits Tropical Gin          

The Wee Farm Distillery Clydesdale Gin

Toll House Spirits Redcastle Passion Fruit & Mango Gin   


Best Pink Gin

GOLD: Perth Gin Perth Pink

SILVER: McQueen Gin Blackcurrant & Raspberry Gin

BRONZE: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Kintyre Pink Gin


Aldi, Toradh Premium Pink Gin  

Eden Mill Love Gin          

Isle of Skye Distillers Misty Isle Pink Gin 

North Uist Distillery Downpour Pink Grapefruit Gin          

Tyree Gin Hebridean Pink Gin     


Old Tom Gin

GOLD: Mackintosh Pineapple & Grapefruit Old Tom Gin

SILVER: Old Poison Exotic

BRONZE: South Loch Rhubarb New Tom


Eden Mill Distiller's Choice: Oak Old Tom Gin

Edinburgh Gin Old Tom

Glasgow Distillery Makar Old Tom Gin

Orkney Distilling Beyla Honey and Raspberry Old Tom Gin

South Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom


Gin Liqueur

GOLD: El:gin Moray Berry

SILVER: Aldi Toradh Raspberry Gin Liqueur

BRONZE: Stirling Distillery Tropical Triumph


Aldi Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur

Eden Mill Raspberry, Vanilla and Meringue 

Eden Mill Spiced Rhubarb Crumble

Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandarin 

Edinburgh Gin Strawberry & Pink Pepper

El:gin Moray Mocha

Lenzie Gin Liqueur

Lussa Gin Bramble Liqueur

North Uist Distillery Downpour Sloe & Bramble Cask Aged Gin

Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate 

Redcastle Strawberry & Elderflower 

Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur


Festive Gin sponsored by Cara Technology

GOLD: Edinburgh Gin Mulled Gin Liqueur

SILVER: Isle of Skye Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin

BRONZE: El:gin Gin-gle Gin


Perth Gin Winter Spiced Liqueur

Pixel Spirits Scottish Christmas Gin


Cask Gin

GOLD: Eden Mill Distiller's Choice: Italian Amarone Red Wine Cask Aged Gin

SILVER: Linlithgow Distillery LinGin Cask Aged

BRONZE: Glasgow Distillery Makar Oak Aged Gin


Eden Mill Distiller's Choice: French Burgundy White Wine Cask Aged Gin

Glasgow Distillery Makar Mulberry Aged Gin

Isle of Bute Oaked Gin

Pixel Spirits Scottish Oak Aged Gin