Posted: July 25, 2018|Categories: Scottish Gins
Scottish gin was once again recognised on the world stage this week when the winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) were announced.
Winning an award at the IWSC isn’t easy. The judging panel is a handpicked panel of industry experts from across the globe who put the products to the test through a rigorous two-stage process which takes place over seven months of the year. The process involves blind taste testing as well as a chemical and microbiological spirit analysis.
We’re absolutely delighted for all the Scottish gins who picked up a medal, especially the brands that we work closely with. Find out more about each winner and the gins below.
The Glasgow Distillery Company
Since being founded in 2014, The Glasgow Distillery Company is no stranger to an award and they scooped an amazing four medals including 3 silvers and a bronze for the Makar Gin range. 3 out of the 4 g
Our featured gin this month is Illicit Gin from Illicit Spirits. Our gin club subscribers are currently the gin along with handmade spiced caramel gin infused chocolates made by the Sugarsnap.
Launched in April 2018, Illicit Gin is the first creation from Illicit Spirits, a true urban craft distillery based in Glasgow. Find out more about the Illicit Spirits story below.
Established in 2017 by Darran Edmond, an experienced distiller, the Illicit Spirits distillery is located in a railway arch in the Tradeston area of Glasgow. The distillery is home to a traditional direct-fired copper pot still which was made by a Portuguese coppersmith.
Highball, lowball, stemless, flute...Copa de Balon? Find out more about the latest glass shape you need to compliment your perfect G&T.
Picture the scene: You’ve made it to the weekend (congratulations!) and you’re about to pour yourself a glass of your favourite gin. You add your preferred tonic, plenty of ice, and maybe even a little garnish for that finishing touch. Ideal.
While many of us choose the first and largest glass available to us, choosing which glass to serve your G&T in can actually make all the difference to its final taste. Traditionally, gin and tonic is served in a Tom Collins glass. With its long shape, this glass can easily hold your favourite G&T. However, the problem with the Tom Collins is that the glass shape can melt the ice more quickly which dilutes the taste.
Dry January has come to an end and many of you will be ready to crack open the gin for the first time in 2018 this weekend.
While it’s a great feeling to have reached the end of your month of abstinence we’re sure that you’ll be feeling some guilt that your new (albeit temporary) lifestyle change has come to an end!
If that’s the case then why not make yourself feel better by drinking a gin that benefits other too?
We’re extremely lucky in Scotland to have an ever-growing number of quality, socially responsible craft gin producers. Below we’ve picked out some of our favourites.
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