More awards for local gin companies

June 27th 2018

Two gins from Orkney have claimed major titles at The Gin Guide Awards 2018.

Orkney Gin Company’s ‘Johnsmas’ won the ‘Compound Gin’ category, with ‘Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin’ from Orkney Distilling Ltd placed first in the ‘Navy Strength Gin’ section.

Gins from 19 different countries were assessed as part of the global awards, which saw a record number of entries this year. The local producers were joined by two other Scottish Gins in claiming titles.

The Gin Guide Awards 2018 The Gin Guide Awards 2018


Entries were judged in blind tasting sessions and each gin was marked using a detailed scorecard developed by The Gin Guide. It took into consideration key characteristics, including appearance, aroma, flavour, mouthfeel, finish and overall balance and appeal.

Head Judge Paul Jackson was joined by Alex Griffiths - Founder of Griffiths Brothers Gin, Rhys James – Distiller at Wayfinder Spirits, Andy Burrows – Editor of Gin Rag, and Natalie Button – Founder of Gin Obsessions.

Earlier this month all three local gin producers – the Deerness Distillery, Orkney Gin Company and Orkney Distilling Ltd – were shortlisted for two awards each at the 2018 Scottish Gin Awards, highlighting the quality on offer from the Orkney-based businesses.

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