The national independent awards programme for Scottish gin has launched its 2022 line up with a promise to recognise and reward achievements in the Scottish gin industry.

The 6th annual Scottish Gin Awards has revealed its full programme of dates and categories for the awards which this year include new business categories and a range of new independent judges.   The programme rewards individuals and teams working in the Scottish gin industry and is the largest event of its kind in the sector.

The awards retain their commitment to judging integrity and independence with the recruitment of a number of new experienced tasters and the continued role of an independent Chair, carried out by Adam Hardie, Head of Food and Drink at Johnston Carmichael Business Advisers.

Two new awards Best New Product of The Year and Ready to Drink Product of the Year will, for the first time, involve both visual and taste judging covering branding, packaging and promotion.

The blind tasting competition presents 9 categories including popular London Dry, Distilled, High Strength and Old Tom gin types along with the flavoured gins and gin liqueur categories.  The process which involves the live simultaneous tasting of over 300 products during an event held in Edinburgh, is independently audited by international flavour standard consultants, Cara Technology.

Kirsten Speirs, Founder of the Scottish Gin Awards, commented;

“The Scottish Gin Awards medal is a badge of excellence which opens doors and finds friends across the world.  It gives us all great pleasure to see the competition go from strength to strength and to welcome the Scottish gin industry to unite in celebration and support for each other. 

Thank you to our support sponsor Vetroelite and all our award sponsors and partners for supporting the Scottish Gin Awards and allowing us to retain the high-quality operation required to make these awards a highly regarded success."

Full details including the category line-up, entry guide and terms and conditions are available on the Scottish Gin Awards website and entrants have until Wednesday 6th July 2022 to prepare and make their submissions.

This year’s winners will be announced at the glittering celebration and awards dinner which takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday 10th November 2022. Tickets are now available to book here.   

The awards will again support The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland, which supports people of all ages who have worked in the licensed trade for at least three years full-time with beneficiaries receiving annual financial assistance as well as discretionary grants for emergency situations.

The 2022 Judging Panel can be viewed here.

The Business Categories

Scottish Gin Distillery of The Year

Best New Product of The Year

Gin Tourist Destination of The Year

Ready To Drink Product of The Year

Excellence In Packaging

Excellence In Branding

Digital Content Team of The Year

Excellence In Sustainability

Product Development Team of The Year

The Taste Categories

London Dry Gin of The Year

Distilled Gin of The Year

High Strength Gin of The Year

Flavoured Gin of The Year

Pink Gin of The Year

Old Tom Gin of The Year

Gin Liqueur of The Year

Festive Gin of The Year

Cask Gin of The Year