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El:Gin clinch gold in Scottish Gin Awards

By Kirsty Brown

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In a virtual ceremony on Thursday evening, El:Gin Findrassie kept the north-east on the map.

The Elgin based distillery was the highest scoring distillery in the taste competitions and clinched awards for their Moray Berry gin liqueur and their Speyside Heather Honey flavoured gin.

Chair of the judging panel, Adam Hardie said: “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 winners were announced in a live digital event broadcast from Glasgow Doubletree by Hilton Hotel by host Des Clarke, and over 250 guests tuned in to participate.

The competition, now in its fourth year, saw a panel of 38 industry leading experts blindly taste 194 gins and assess 85 written entries in a rigorous process to find the winners.

They judged the gins based on aroma, appearance and taste as well as awarding each one an overall score.

Taking to social media after the awards, El:Gin wrote: " We are absolutely over the moon to win two gold awards this evening - flavoured gin of the year and liqueur of the year - at the Scottish Gin Awards 2020!


The winners were as follows:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year: Crafty Scottish Distillers.

Gin of the Year: Mackintosh Pineapple and Grapefruit Old Tom Gin (Mackintosh Gin).

Best Newcomer: Highland Liquor Company (Seven Crofts Gin).

Growth Business of the Year: John Crabbie And Co.

Excellence in Sustainability: Beinn an Tuirc Distillers.

Best Brand Experience: Eden Mill St. Andrews.

Best Marketing Campaign: Edinburgh Gin for “Filled with Wonder”

Excellence in Branding: Eden Mill St. Andrews.

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year: Darnley's Gin.

Product Development Team of the Year: Eden Mill St. Andrews.

London Dry Gin of the Year:

Gold - Lind And Lime Gin (Port of Leith Distillery).

Silver - Eidyn Gin (The Old Curiosity Distillery and Aldi)

Bronze - Purist Gin (Purist Gin).

Highly Commended: Ben Lomond Gin, Darnley's Original Gin, Edinburgh Gin Classic, Isle of Harris Gin, Inspirited Original, Kintyre Botanical Gin and Lenzie Gin.

Distilled Gin of the Year:

Gold - Isle of Bute Gorse Gin (Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin).

Silver - Rule Gin (Bloodline Spirits).

Bronze - Wild Rose Gin (Tayport Distillery).

High Strength Gin of the Year:

Gold - Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin (Beinn an Tuirc Distillers).

Silver - Mackintosh Mariner Strength Gin (Mackintosh Gin).

Bronze - Edinburgh Gin Cannonball (Edinburgh Gin).

Gin Liqueur of the Year:

Gold - Moray Berry (El:gin Findrassie).

Silver - Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Gin Liqueur (Edinburgh Gin).

Bronze - Redcastle Raspberry And Pomegranate Gin Liqueur (Toll House Spirits).

Flavoured Gin of the Year:

Gold - El:gin Speyside Heather Honey (El:gin Findrassie).

Silver - McQueen Premium Pink Gin (McQueen Gin).

Bronze - Rose And Cardamom (Kinrara Distillery).

Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year:

Gold - Toradh Rhubarb and Ginger Gin (McQueen Gin and Aldi).

Silver - Edinburgh Gin Lemon And Jasmine Gin (Edinburgh Gin).

Bronze - Crabbie's Citrus Orange Gin - George Crabbie Edition (John Crabbie And Co).

Old Tom Gin of the Year:

Gold - Mackintosh Pineapple And 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).

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