Ginspirational Scottish stars
SCOTLAND’S booming gin industry was recognised last month at the third annual Scottish Gin Awards.
Dunnet Bay Distillers, which produces Rock Rose Gin, was named Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year at a gala ceremony in the DoubleTree Hilton, Glasgow.
The distillery was set up by husband and wife duo Martin and Claire Murray, who decided to create their own distillery due to a lack of job opportunities in their rural hometown.
Judges praised the distillery for its “investment in people as a key employer in the area”, its community engagement, and commitment to sustainable business practices.
Other big winners included Stirling-based McQueen Gin, which was named Growth Business of the Year; Lenzie Gin, awarded Gin of the Year; and The Orkney Distillery, winner of the Scottish Gin Destination of the Year.
Edinburgh Gin won Best Marketing Campaign for its ‘Botanical Bouquets’ campaign, as well as taste awards for its Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and Christmas Gin.
A total of 38 gongs were handed out on the night, the result of a judging process that saw a panel of independent experts blind-taste 173 gins.
Alex Bruce, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Winning a Scottish Gin Awards medal is a significant achievement and provides a huge opportunity to promote Scottish gin both at home and abroad.
“Such is global demand in the gin category, we have increasing competition.
“But right across the food and drink industry, Scotland enjoys an enviable reputation for quality, innovation and endeavour, so let’s continue to work for, and with, that well-deserved reputation.”