Orkney has served up a triple measure this week, with all three of the County’s gin producers making the finals of the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards.
Deerness Distillery’s Sea Glass Gin has been shortlisted in the London Dry Gin of the Year category of the awards, with the company also making the finals of the Excellence in Branding section.
The Orkney Gin Company’s Johnsmas and Mikkelmas gins are both shortlisted in the Speciality Gin of the Year category of the awards.
And Orkney Distilling’s Storm Strength Arkh-Angell gin is shortlisted within the Navy Strength Gin of the Year category, while the Orkney Gin Festival 2018 – organised by Orkney Distilling – is in the running for the Scottish Gin Event of the Year accolade.
In total, 46 producers and 80 gins have progressed to the final stage of the national competition, now in it second year. There are 18 categories and the shortlist was put together by twenty-two tasters, including Master Distillers from across the UK. In total, 116 gins, all distilled in Scotland, were assessed.
Stuart Brown from the Deerness Distillery said: “We’re delighted to be a finalist for two categories and it’s great to see all three Orkney producers being nominated. It really puts Orkney on the craft gin trail for locals and visitors to the islands.”
Gary Watt from the Orkney Gin Company said: “It's fantastic news for Orkney to have all three of us make it to the final stages of the awards, and really puts us on the map. We’re delighted to be nominated and we’re looking forward to September now.”
Managing Director of Orkney Distilling Limited, Stephen Kemp, said: “This is fantastic news - we’re particularly delighted to see our Storm Strength Arkh-Angell gin in the running for an accolade this year and thrilled to see our very successful Orkney Gin Festival recognised too.”
Edgar Balfour, project manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Orkney’s three gin producers, who all bring something distinctive to the marketplace. This national recognition indicates just how good all these Orkney gins are, which is really putting the islands on the map as a gin destination, further enhancing our community’s reputation for superb quality food and drink. We wish them all well at the finals later this year.”