Finalists revealed in the 3rd Annual Scottish Gin Awards


The finalists in the third annual Scottish Gin Awards have been announced with 65 companies and 117 gins progressing to the final stage of the annual competition which celebrates Scotland’s thriving gin industry.

In the national competition which covers a wide range of business and taste categories, the awards were judged in May by a highly experienced and respected panel of experts from across the gin industry in the UK.

It’s been the competitions strongest year since its launch in 2017, a judging panel of 20 blind tasted and graded every sample under strict technical conditions.  Led by the competition’s technical consultants, sensory management experts Cara Technology, the panel assessed 173 gins entered in the competition, all distilled in Scotland.

Four distilleries will compete for the ultimate award, the Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year, sponsored by ALDI and these are Crafty Scottish Distillers (Hills & Harbour), Dunnet Bay Distillers (Rock Rose), Edinburgh Gin and McQueen Gin.

Chair of the judging panel, Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Adelphi Distillery commented;

“To make it to the final stage of the Scottish Gin Awards is a huge achievement.  The gins which have progressed to the final had to achieve a high standard of marks in a rigorous tasting session, whilst the finalists we have selected in the business awards clearly demonstrate the strength and depth which is so evident in Scottish gin distilling today.

“I congratulate all the finalists announced today in what has been a very tough competition and I look forward celebrating with the industry in October.”

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

“This competition gives us a totally unique and detailed insight into the good health of the thriving Scottish gin market.  The combination of the business information received and the blind tasting is able to produce highly regarded recommendations on the best quality products and best performing businesses.  Congratulations to all our finalists and we look forward to raising a Scottish gin and tonic to you this evening.”
 The Scottish Gin Awards annual celebration and dinner, the annual industry gathering for over 700 guests, will be held on Thursday 10 October 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central. 

The awards created and designed by KDMedia in 2016 have nominated two new charities this year which will be supported by the event.  The BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland and the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, set up by rugby legend Doddie Weir to help improve the lives of those affected by Motor Neuron Disease.

The Finalists:

Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year sponsored by ALDI

Crafty Scottish Distillers (Hills and Harbour)
Dunnet Bay Distillers (Rock Rose)
Edinburgh Gin
McQueen Gin

Best Newcomer sponsored by Kimia UK

Badvo Distillery 
Fidra Gin
Glaswegin Distilling Co 
GlenWyvis Distillery
Ice and Fire Distillery
The Pentland Still 
The Port of Leith Distillery
The Wee Farm Distillery

Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Halewood

Edinburgh Gin
Electric Spirit Co.
Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
Isle of Harris Distillers 
McQueen Gin
Redcastle Spirits 
The Shetland Distillery Company

Innovation of the Year sponsored by MacRoberts

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers 
Crafty Scottish Distillers 
John Crabbie & Co
Loch Ness Spirits
Lussa Drinks Company
Pickering’s Gin
The Borders Distillery
Wee Hemp Spirits

Exporter of the Year sponsored by Forth Ports

Dornoch Distillery Company
Glasgow Distillery Company 
Isle of Harris Distillers

Best Marketing Campaign sponsored by Orb Group

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers
Eden Mill 
Edinburgh Gin
Mackintosh Gin
McLean’s Gin
McQueen Gin

Excellence in Branding sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers 
Crafty Scottish Distillers 
Eden Mill 
Fidra Gin
Glasgow Distillery Company 
Glaswegin Distilling Co
Loch Ness Spirits
Moray Distillery 
Smithies Gin Company
The Biggar Gin Company 
The Garden Shed Drinks Company
The Port of Leith Distillery
The Torridon

Best Brand Experience sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

Arbikie Distillery – The A Club 
Eden Mill – Blendworks Gin School
Edinburgh Gin –BAFTA Scotland

Scottish Gin Destination of the Year

Balmenach Distillery (Caorunn) Speyside 
Crossbill Distilling, Glasgow. 
Darnley’s Gin, Kingsbarns, Fife 
Eden Mill Blendworks, St. Andrews & Glasgow 
Isle of Harris Distillery, Harris 
Orkney Distillery, Orkney 
Persie Distillery, Perthshire
Pixel Spirits, North Ballachulish
The Old Curiosity Distillery, Midlothian 
The Distillery at Dalton (Oro) Lockerbie

Scottish Gin Event of the Year

Gintyre, Beinn an Tuirc Distillers, Explore Campbeltown and South Kintyre Development Trust
The Big Big Gin Festival, Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Gin Jazz, Inshriach Distilling 
The Gin Fayre (No. 18 Ltd, Scottish Spirit Consortium)
Juniper Gin Festival, Summerhall Drinks Lab 
The Gin To My Tonic Show (The Gin to My Tonic)


London Dry Gin of the Year sponsored by Franklin & Sons

Artist Edition – Struan, Kinrara Distillery
Avva Scottish Gin; Moray Distillery 
Barra Atlantic Gin; Isle of Barra Distillers
Biggar Gin; Biggar Gin Company 
Caithness Highland Gin; Ice and Fire Distillery
Caorunn Gin; International Beverage
Caorunn Gin Masters Cut; International Beverage
Crabbie’s 1837; John Crabbie & Co
Crofters Tears; Ice and Fire Distillery
Crossbill 100% Scottish Dry Gin; Crossbill Distilling
Darnley’s Original Gin; Darnley’s Gin 
Edinburgh Gin 1670; Edinburgh Gin
Edinburgh Gin Christmas; Edinburgh Gin
Edinburgh Gin Classic; Edinburgh Gin
Edinburgh Gin Seaside; Edinburgh Gin
Fidra Gin; Fidra Gin
Firkin Try Me Naked; Gleann Mor Spirits Co
Garden Shed Gin; The Garden Shed Drinks Company
Glaswegin; Glaswegin Distilling Co 
Gorse Gin; Lundin Distilling
Hills & Harbour Gin; Crafty Scottish Distillers
Holyrood Dry Gin; Holyrood Distillery 
Isle of Harris Gin; Isle of Harris Distillers 
King’s Hill Gin; The Pentland Still 
Kintyre Botanical Gin; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers 
Leith Gin; Gleann Mor Spirits Co
Lenzie Gin; Lenzie Gin
Lind & Lime Gin; The Port of Leith Distillery
Loch Ness Gin; Loch Ness Spirits
Mackintosh Gin; Mackintosh Gin
Makar Original Dry Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company 
NB Samphire; NB Distillery
Original Gin; Eden Mill 
Oro; The Oro Distilling Co 
Oro V; The Oro Distilling Co 
Persie Labrador Gin; Persie Distillery
Persie Zesty Citrus Gin; Persie Distillery
Pickering’s Gin; Pickering’s Gin 
Redcastle Scottish Gin; Redcastle Spirits
Reiver’s Gin; Selkirk Distillers
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Original Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Spring Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers
Shetland Reel Gin – Filska; The Shetland Distillery Company
Smithies Gin; Smithies Gin Company
Uisge Lusach; Uisge Lusach – The Gaelic Gins

Distilled Gin of the Year

Arcturus Gin; The Torridon
Devil’s Staircase; Pixel Spirits 
Edinburgh Gin Valentines; Edinburgh Gin
Four Marys Zesty Sherbet Gin; Linlithgow Distillery
Glasgow Warriors Gin – Wild Myrtle Gin; Eden Mill 
Isle of Bute Gorse Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin 
Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Oyster Gin; Isle of Bute Hand Crafted Gin 
Kinrara Highland Dry; Kinrara Distillery
Misty Isle Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Autumn Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Summer Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Winter Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
The Poshist; Madderty Micro
Tommy’s Gin & Lest We Forget; Isle of Skye Distillers

High Strength Gin of the Year (50% ABV and over)

Caorunn Highland Strength; International Beverage
Crossbill 200yo Single Specimen Dry Gin; Crossbill Distilling 
Darnley’s Navy Strength Gin; Darnley’s Gin 
Inshriach 57% Navy Strength Speyside Dry Gin; Inshriach Distilling 
Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell; Orkney Distilling 
LeithAl Gin; Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
Navy Strength, Avva Scottish Gin; Moray Distillery 
Pickerings Gin Navy Strength; Pickering’s Gin 
Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin Navy Strength; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
Something Clear; McLean’s Gin

Gin Liqueur of the Year

Berry Good – Raspberry; Moray Distillery 
Berry Good – Strawberry; Moray Distillery 
Blackcurrant, Rhubarb & Ginger; Eden Mill 
Edinburgh Gin Orange Blossom & Mandarin; Edinburgh Gin
Edinburgh Gin Pomegranate & Rose; Edinburgh Gin
El:gin Moray Berry; El:gin Findrassie 
El:gin Moray Mocha; El:gin Findrassie
Redcastle Cranberry & Orange Winter Spice Liqueur; Redcastle Spirits 
Redcastle Passion Fruit & Mango Gin Liqueur; Redcastle Spirits 
Redcastle Raspberry & Pomegranate Gin Liqueur; Redcastle Spirits 
Shetland Reel, Rhubarb and Bramble Gin Liqueur; Shetland Distillery
The Glesart, McLean’s Gin.

Cask Gin of the Year sponsored by Wolffe

Cask Finish Gin, Avva Scottish Gin; Moray Distillery 
Firkin Cask Aged – Cote Du Roussilion Red; Gleann Mor Spirits Co
Firkin Cask Aged – Islay; Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
Firkin Gin – Navy Strength Cask Aged; Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
Firkin Oak Aged American Oak; Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
GlenWyvis Christmas GoodWill Spiced Gin; GlenWyvis Distillery
Kintyre Oak Aged Gin; Beinn an Tuirc Distillers 
Makar Mulberry Aged Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company 
Makar Oak Aged Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company 
Rock Rose Reserve Sauternes Cask Edition; Dunnet Bay Distillers 
Shetland Reel Gin – Up Helly Aa 2019; The Shetland Distillery Company

Flavoured Gin of the Year

Elgin Heather Honey; El:gin Findrassie
Kinrara Distiller’s Edition – Oaked Spice Gin; Kinrara Distillery
Kinrara Distiller’s Edition – Rose & Cardamon Gin; Kinrara Distillery
Kinrara Hibiscus Gin; Kinrara Distillery
Lemon Verbena; The Old Curiosity Distillery 
Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin; Isle of Skye Distillers 
Persie Herby & Aromatic Gin; Persie Distillery
Persie Spaniel Gin; Persie Distillery

Fruit Flavoured Gin of the Year

Blueberry & Vanilla Gin; Eden Mill 
Caorunn Scottish Raspberry; International Beverage
Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin; Edinburgh Gin
Kinrara Distiller’s Edition – Lime & Lemongrass Gin; Kinrara Distillery
Madderty Micro Orange Marmalade Gin; Madderty Micro
Makar Cherry Gin; Glasgow Distillery Company 
McQueen Pink Gin; McQueen Gin
Passion Fruit & Coconut Gin – Duty Free Exclusive; Eden Mill 
Plum & Pink Grapefruit; Eden Mill 
Ripple Gin; Lundin Distilling

Old Tom of the Year

Crabbie’s 1891; John Crabbie & Co.
Esker Honey Spiced Gin; Esker Spirits 
Firkin Old Tom; Gleann Mor Spirits Co 
Holyrood Auld Tam; Holyrood Distillery
Makar Old Tom; Glasgow Distillery 
Rock Rose Old Tom Pink Grapefruit; Dunnet Bay Distillers

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