Gin of the Year – Results

GIN OF THE YEAR 2016 RESULTS

Classic Gin of the Year

Redsmith Gin

Contemporary Gin of the Year

Whittaker’s Pink Peculiar Gin

Signature Botanical Gin of the Year

Haven Distillery – Sly Gin Lemon Verbena

Aged Gin of the Year

Eaglesburn Aged Gin

Highly Commended
Blackwater Strawberry Gin
Crossbill 200 Gin
Whittaker’s Navy Gin
Haven Distillery – Sly Gin
Persie Zesty Citrus
McQueen Mocha
Blackwater Pinot Noir

In 2016, The Craft Distilling Expo is searching for Europe’s Gin of the Year. This competition is a part of the second Craft Distilling Expo in London, building upon the success of last year’s. The expo will be held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London, from Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th October 2016.

The competition will bring together a host of industry professionals with a penchant for gin to evaluate the entries.

Terms & Conditions

Entrants are responsible for ensuring that the entries are received before the deadline. All delivery charges, fees, duty, taxes and other costs associated with entry are the responsibility of the entrants. The competition organisers will not be liable for any damage to the entries whilst they are in the possession of the entrant or at any stage of the delivery process.

To qualify for entry a gin needs to be:
• Distilled in Europe and released for the first time between October 2015 and September 2016.
• Produced via infusion or distillation of botanicals, or a combination of the two. The use of essences is also permitted.
• Not distilled by a third party. Essentially, if you have not produced the gin yourself, then it is not eligible for entry.

The minimum sample size required is 500ml in a single bottle or equivalent. This is the minimum needed to ensure the effectiveness of the judging process.

Organisers reserve the right to re-categorize an entry if necessary.

Samples need to arrive by FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2016.

There is no fee to enter the competition and so the only cost to enter is the cost of providing the sample.

Contact: David T Smith – david@summerfruitcup.com
Craft Distilling Expo – Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th October 2016
http://www.distillingexpo.com

Gin Category Guidelines

Classic Style
A dry gin with a flavour profile reminiscent of the traditional gins that have been produced in London for centuries. Flavours are led by green, piney juniper and accented by the notes of other botanicals.

Contemporary Style
A more modern, less juniper-forward gin, but with the taste of juniper still being evident. Other flavours such as citrus, floral, spice and herbal notes play a more prominent role.

Signature Botanical Gin
Gins that focus on a particular botanical or flavour and prominently state this on the label. Flavoured exclusively through distillation, this results in a spirit that still tastes of gin, but has an extra focus on the signature component.

Aged Gin
Gin that has been matured/rested in wood, either using barrels or wood chips, with the intent of adding some wooden character to the spirit. Minimum aging period of one week.

Flavoured Gin
Gin that has been flavoured with something else after the botanical distillation. The flavour may be added via infusion or essence, and the product may be sweetened. This category includes all sloe gins, gin cordials and gin liqueurs.

Old Tom
A gin inspired by the popular style of the late 18th /19th century, which has at least one of the following characteristics: botanically-intense, sugar-sweetened, and/or botanically-sweetened.

Navy Gin
Gin bottled at between 57-58% ABV.

 

Gin of the Year 2014 is open to European Craft Gins released since July 2013. Full terms and conditions can be found in the FAQ below.

For more information, or to enter, contact david@distillingexpo.com
FAQ

#1) What time period does a gin need to be released within in order to be eligible for entry?
A gin needs to have been released for the first time between July 2013 and October 2014. It does not need to have been launched for public sale yet, nor had its packaging finished, but the spirit formulation does need to be finalised.

#2) What qualifies as “Europe”?
The gin needs to be distilled in a country that is within Europe, which includes Russia and Turkey.

#3) What production methods are allowed?
Either the infusion or distillation of botanicals, or a combination of the two. The use of essences is also permitted.

#4) Are third-party gins eligible for entry?
Third-party or contract distilled gins are not eligible for entry this year. Essentially, if you have not produced the gin yourself, then it is not eligible for entry.

#5) What is the minimum sample size required?
500ml in a single bottle or equivalent. This is the minimum needed to ensure the effectiveness of the judging process.

#6) Is there an entry fee for the competition?
There is no fee to enter the competition and so the only cost to enter is the cost of providing the sample.

#7) How will the gins be judged?
The judging consists of two rounds:
Round One – Gins are tasted blind, neat, and at room temperature.
Round Two – The top scoring gins from Round One will then be mixed and tasted in a Gin & Tonic. After looking at the scores for both rounds, the judging panel will determine which of the finalists will be announced “Gin of the Year”.

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