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 gins in the range won awards.

Makar Original Gin from The Glasgow Distillery Company

Makar Original Dry Gin, the first gin to be distilled in the city of Glasgow, collected a ‘Silver – Oustanding’ medal in the Gin & Tonic category as well as a Silver Medal in the London Dry Gin category. Also scooping awards in the Cask Finished category were the Mulberry Aged Gin which picked up a Silver Medal while the Oak Aged Gin collected a Bronze Medal.

The four medals won at the IWSC means that Makar Gin’s awards tally in 2018 is now sitting at 22, two more awards than they collected in the whole of 2017!

The Glasgow Distillery Company Makar Gin Range - from £34.50

Pixel Spirits

Picking up two awards for their signature gin – Devil’s Staircase Highland Spiced Gin – was Pixel Spirits. Devil’s Staircase was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Gin & Tonic category as well a Silver Medal in the Gin – Contemporary Styles category.

Pixel Spirits Devil's Staircase Gin

Pixel Spirits was launched less than a year ago by husband and wife team Craig and Noru Innes in the scenic village of North Ballachulish. The distillery has been self-built from scratch with the help of family and friends. Production is truly small batch with less than 80 bottles per batch, each being bottled, labelled, numbered and signed by hand.

As the first retailer to stock their products, we are thoroughly delighted for Craig and Noru!

Pixel Spirits Devil's Staircase Spiced Gin - £37.00

The Teasmith

One of the newest additions to the Craft56° range, The Teasmith Gin was launched around 18 months ago and was the first Scottish gin to use tea as one of the primary botanicals.

The use of tea was inspired by the history of the area that founders Nick and Emma Smalley hail from.

The Teasmith Gin

It’s a little known fact that Aberdeenshire has historical links to the tea trade in Sri Lanka. James Taylor from Auchenblae was known as ‘The Father of Ceylon Tea’ as he planted the very first tea plantation in Sri Lanka over 150 years ago.

The Teasmith also won two awards – Silver for Gin & Tonic and Bronze in the Gin – Contemporary Style category.

The Teasmith Original Gin - £38.00

Deerness Distillery

Hailing from the first new distillery in Orkney for over 130 years, Deerness Distillery’s Sea Glass Gin consists of seven key botanicals.

Deerness Distillery Award Winning Sea Glass Gin

You’ll go on a sensory journey through warm juniper spice, floral lavender tones, citrus notes from lemon verbena and orange, followed by a fresh cucumber mint finish.

We recommend serving over ice with a premium tonic and finished with fresh blueberries.

Sea Glass Gin was awarded a Bronze Medal in the London Dry Gin category.

Deerness Distillery Sea Glass Gin - £34.00

Hazell & Hazell

It’s been an exciting couple of months for Hazell & Hazell and their Bardowie Gin. Last month saw the launch of the brand new bottle design and now they have a Silver Medal in the London Dry Gin category at the IWSC!

Hazell & Hazell Bardowie Gin

Made on the outskirts of Glasgow using locally picked botanicals from the nearby Bardowie Loch, Bardowie Gin is a citrusy London Dry gin with hints of freshly cut grass combining with blackcurrants, ground elder and bay for a nutty and subtly spicy freshness.

A true celebration of the local area, the stunning bottle design features the work of Nikky D’Aguilar, an artist who lives on Bardowie Loch and takes inspiration for her work from the flora on the loch shore.

Hazell & Hazell Bardowie Gin - £37.50