Embargoed until 12:00 BST Wednesday 4th October 2017.

Gin of the Year Results 2017
This year saw the London Craft Distilling Expo’s fifth ʻGin of the Yearʼ competition, which was open to all European craft and independent distillers who had not previously entered the competition. Nearly 80 gins were entered from 8 countries across Europe. These were judged by our panel of 11 gin experts and spirits professionals.

The competition was conducted under strict blind-tasting conditions and consisted of two rounds:
Round 1 – all gins tasted neat and scored;
Round 2 – the top gins from the Classic, Contemporary and Signature Botanical categories were then tasted with Fever-Tree Tonic Water to find the Gins of the Year.

Matured, Old Tom, and Fruit Gins were only tasted neat.

Gins were tasted in the new mini Glencairn glass, which is a great compact tasting glass, especially useful when travelling.

The event was kindly hosted at Laverstoke Mill, home of Bombay Sapphire and special thanks go to Sam Carter and Dr Anne Brock, as well as the judges and the custodian of the competition’s score system, Sara Smith.

Thanks also to Craig Harper and Fever-Tree for their continued support over the five years that the competition has been running.

THE RESULTS

Classic Gin
Classic Gin of the Year – Beinn au Turic Distillery, Kintyre Gin
Highly Commended – That Boutique-y Gin Company – Shortcross Estate-foraged Gin
Highly Commended – That Boutique-y Gin Company – Moonshot Gin

Contemporary Gin
Contemporary Gin of the Year – Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin
Highly Commended – London to Lima Spirits – London to Lima Gin
Highly Commended – That Boutique-y Gin Company – Greensand Ridge

Old Tom
Old Tom of the Year – That Boutique-y Gin Company – Very Old Tom

Navy Gin
Navy Gin of the Year – Puddingstone Distillery, Campfire Navy Strength

Matured Gin
Matured Gin of the Year – Stobbe Blackcurrant Aged Gin
Highly Commended – Ableforth’s Cask-Aged Bathtub Gin
Highly Commended – That Boutique-y Gin Company – Bathtub Single Cask #12

Signature Botanical Gin
Signature Botanical Gin of the Year – South Western Distillery, Tarquin’s The Hopster
Highly Commended – De Kleine Distilleerderij – Earl Grey Gin
Highly Commended – Wheadon’s Mandarin, Lime & Hibiscus Gin

Fruit Gin
Fruit Gin of the Year – Ableforth’s Bathtub Sloe Gin

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Craft Distilling Expo 2017 – The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London EC1 6RU
Wednesday 4th October 2017, 10am-6pm; Thursday 5th October 2017, 9am-5pm
Contact: Daniel Newburg – info@distillingexpo.com

About the Craft Distilling Expo
The Craft Distilling Expo is a series of events revolving around a distilling trade show. It runs from Tuesday 3rd-Friday 6th October. The week kicks off on the Tuesday with a Whisky Distilling Workshop at East London Liquor Company. The main Expo, featuring over 30 vendors of distiller supplies – including still manufacturers, and bottle & closure suppliers – takes place at The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery on 4th-5th October. The week finishes with a Gin Distilling Workshop at East London Liquor Company on Friday 7th October.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5th Craft Distilling Expo – New Talks, Vodka on the Rise, and the launch of the 2017 Directory

Tuesday 3rd-Friday 6th October sees the return of a series of events organised by the Craft Distilling Expo. The week kicks off on the Tuesday with a Whisky Distilling Workshop at East London Liquor Company. The main Expo, now featuring almost 40 vendors of craft distiller supplies – including the world’s leading still designers and manufacturers, and bottle & closure suppliers  – takes place at The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery on 4th-5th October. The event finishes with a Gin Distilling Workshop at East London Liquor Company on Friday 7th October.

The Expo’s keynote speaker will be Alexandre Gabriel of Cognac Ferrand who is well known for his unique approach to the field of spirits, looking back at history whilst taking the category forward.

The Expo’s talk and masterclass highlights include:

  • A UK Whisky discussion panel chaired by eminent whisky writer Jim Murray, who will be joined by a selection of distillers whose laid-down spirit is about to reach the 3 year mark and officially become whisky.

 

  • Nosing for Faults with Julia Nourney and The Aroma Academy.

 

  • A double gin session that will look at the difference between pot and vapour distilled gin and the impact that the ABV of your charge makes to your final product. Various samples will be provided for tasting, allowing attendees to take part in the experiment.

Speaking about trends in talks, Conference Director David T Smith said:

“Whilst gin is an ever popular subject, there is a growing interest in whisky, especially as some of the post-2008 distilleries come of age, hence our discussion panel on UK Whisky. A subject we’re seeing an increased demand for this year is vodka, and our Back to Bases talk, looking at the raw materials used to make vodka with Veronika Karlova, is proving to be a big hit.”

The Craft Distilling Expo will also see the launch of the Crafdi Directory of European Distilleries, which now boasts over 360 entries from across Europe. In addition to location and website information, each entry now includes details of what spirits are made at the distillery, making the directory a more useful source of information than ever.

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Craft Distilling Expo 2017 – The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London EC1 6RU

Wednesday 4th October 2017, 10am-6pm; Thursday 5th October 2017, 9am-6pm

Contact: Anna Smith – info@distillingexpo.com