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North east distillers recognised by Scottish Gin Awards


By Kirsty Brown

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North east distillers will find out this evening how they have fared in the 2020 Scottish Gin Awards.

A number of north-east gin producers were announced as finalists last week, and the winners for each category will be announced in an exlusive virtual ceremony tonight (Thursday, November 12).

Amongst the accolades up for grabs is Gin Of The Year, which is awarded to overall highest scoring gin from all categories and therefore does not have a shortlist announced in advance.

There are 17 awards up for grabs in total.

The full list of finalists hoping to take home a prize tonight is as follows:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year - Crafty Scottish Distillers, Glasgow Distillery Company, Isle of Skye Distillers, John Crabbie And Co, McQueen Gin and The Port of Leith Distillery.

London Dry Gin of the Year - 1881 Hydro Gin London Dry (Peebles Hydro), Aberdeen Gin (City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School), Aquine Scottish Craft Gin (Lidl GB), Ben Lomond Gin (Loch Lomond Group), 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 And Co), Darnley's Original Gin (Darnley's Distillery), 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 Classic (Edinburgh Gin), Edinburgh Gin Seaside (Edinburgh Gin), Eidyn Gin (The Old Curiosity Distillery and ALDI), Farmhouse Gin (Farmhouse Gin), Fidra Gin (Fidra Gin), Fresh Gin (City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School), Glaswegin (Glaswegin Distilling Co), Heart Of Alba (John Crabbie And Co), Hills And Harbour Gin (Crafty Distillery), Inspirited Original (Inspirited), Isle of Bute Island Gin (Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin), Isle of Bute Oyster Gin (Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin), Isle of Harris Gin (Isle of Harris Distillers), Kilty Gin (Kilty Gin), King's Hill Gin (The Pentland Still), Kintyre Botanical Gin (Beinn an Tuirc Distillers), Kirkjuvagr Gin (Orkney Distilling), Lenzie Gin (Lenzie Gin), Lind And Lime Gin (The Port of Leith Distillery), 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),Purist Gin (Purist Gin),Red Door Gin (Benromach Distillery), RSPB Wild (The Old Curiosity Distillery), Scottish Dry Gin (Eden Mill St. Andrews and ALDI UK), Seven Crofts (Highland Liquor Company), Snawstorm Dry Gin (Snawstorm Scottish Spirits), The Collector (Stewart Brewing), The Wandering Gin (City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School), Thyme for Rosemary Gin (City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School), Tuck Shop Gin (City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School) and Wild Juniper (Kinrara Distillery).

Distilled Gin of the Year - Achroous (Electric Spirit Co), Artist Edition And 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 Gorse Gin (Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin), 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), Rule Gin (Bloodline 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) and Wild Rose Gin (Tay Spirits).

High Strength Gin of the Year - 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), Edinburgh Gin Cannonball (Edinburgh Gin), Farmers Strength Drovers Gin (The Wee Farm Distillery), Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin (Mackintosh Gin), Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin (Dunnet Bay Distillers), Spiced Gin Navy Strength (Darnley's Distillery) and Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin (Beinn an Tuirc Distillers).

Gin Liqueur of the Year - Colonsay Gin Bramble Liqueur (Wild Thyme Spirits), Crabbie's 1858 Wildberry Liqueur (John Crabbie And 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 And 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 Raspberry 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 And 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 Berry (El:gin Findrassie), Moray Mocha (El:gin Findrassie), Raspberry, Vanilla and Meringue Liqueur (Eden Mill St. Andrews), Redcastle Blood Orange And Rhubarb Gin Liqueur (Toll House Spirits), Redcastle Raspberry And Pomegranate Gin Liqueur (Toll House Spirits), Redcastle Strawberry And Elderflower Gin Liqueur (Toll House Spirits), Salted Caramel And Baked Apple Gin Liqueur (Eden Mill St. Andrews and ALDI UK) and Spiced Rhubarb Crumble Liqueur (Eden Mill St. Andrews).

Flavoured Gin of the Year - 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), El:gin Speyside Heather Honey (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), McQueen Premium Pink Gin (McQueen Gin and ALDI), Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin (Isle of Skye Distillers) and Rose And Cardamom (Kinrara Distillery).

Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year - Ben Lomond Raspberry And 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 Citrus Orange Gin - George Crabbie Edition (John Crabbie And Co), Crabbie's Pink Raspberry & Ginger Gin - Jack Crabbie Edition (John Crabbie And Co), Double Trouble Gin (Double Trouble Drinks), Downpour Sloe And Bramble Gin (North Uist Distillery), Edinburgh Gin Bramble And Honey Gin (Edinburgh Gin), Edinburgh Gin Lemon And Jasmine Gin (Edinburgh Gin), Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin (Edinburgh Gin), Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb And Ginger Gin (Edinburgh Gin), Ellis Gin No.5 Lemon Gin (ELJ Drinks), Heart Of Alba Raspberry (John Crabbie And Co), Lemon Verbena (The Old Curiosity Distillery), McQueen Black Cherry and Vanilla Gin (McQueen Gin), Plum and Pink Grapefruit (Eden Mill St. Andrews and ALDI), South Loch Citrus And Lime Flower (South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North) and Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin (McQueen Gin and ALDI).

Old Tom of the Year - Colonsay Gin Cait Sith (Wild Thyme Spirits), Crabbie's 1891 Old Tom (John Crabbie And Co), Kirkjuvagr Beyla Gin (Orkney Distilling), Mackintosh Pineapple And Grapefruit Old Tom Gin (Mackintosh Gin), Makar Old Tom Gin (Glasgow Distillery Company), Misty Isle Pink Raspberry Old Tom Gin (Isle of Skye Distillers), No 29 (Fairytale Distillery), Smithies Honeycomb Old Tom (Smithies Gin Company) andSouth Loch Black Raspberry Old Tom (South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North).

Best Newcomer - Bloodline Spirits, Double Trouble Drinks, Highland Liquor Company, Inspirited, Isle of Raasay Distillery, Nautilus Gin Foundry, North Uist Distillery, Roehill Springs Distillery, Tay Spirits and Wallhouse Distillery.

Growth Business of the Year- Fidra Gin, Isle of Barra Distillers, Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin, John Crabbie And Co and Lenzie Gin.

Excellence in Sustainability- Beinn an Tuirc Distillers, Electric Spirit Co, Ice and Fire Distillery, Kilty Gin, Little Brow Dog Spirits and Tarbraxus Distiller.

Best Marketing Campaign- Eden Mill St. Andrews, Edinburgh Gin, International Beverage and John Crabbie And Co.

Excellence in Branding- Carse of Stirling Distillers, City of Aberdeen Distillery And Gin School, Eden Mill St. Andrews, 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 and Tiree Whisky Company (Tyree Gin).

Best Brand Experience- City of Aberdeen Distillery and Gin School, Crafty Scottish Distillers, Eden Mill St. Andrews, Inspirited, Skaill House, South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North and Toll House Spirits.

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year- Darnley's Gin, Fairytale Distillery, Orkney Distilling, Benromach Distillery (Red Door Gin), South Loch Gin Distillery at 56 North, The Old Curiosity Distillery andThe Wee Farm Distillery.

Product Development Team of the Year- Black Thistle Distilleries, Eden Mill St. Andrews, ELJ Drinks, Loch Lomond Group, McQueen Gin and Toll House Spirits.



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