Three cheers for Kintyre distillery after awards success

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The Beinn an Tuirc Distillers team is celebrating after scooping two awards at the fifth annual Scottish Gin Awards.

In addition to the distillery’s Kintyre Pink Gin winning bronze in the best pink gin category, its Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin won gold in the Gin Cooperative-sponsored high strength gin category – for the second year running.

The Scottish Gin Awards are highly valued by the industry due to its strict judging protocol.

Forty-five expert judges participated in the event which assessed written entries from 67 Scottish gin businesses and involves a rigorous taste competition which evaluated 320 gins.

Only 60 per cent of entered product makes it through to the finals and only the top three products in each category are presented with medals.

The Kintyre distillery won gold and bronze awards.
The Kintyre distillery won gold and bronze awards.

‘The two awards are a fantastic achievement for our distillery and true recognition of the talents of our head distiller Su Black, who created the spirits,’ said Beinn and Tuirc Distillers director Emma Macalister Hall.

‘We already know that people love our gin but it is wonderful that they stand out in blind tastings, amongst the vast array of Scottish gins on the market.

‘For the Tarbert Legbiter to win gold for the second year in a row is further affirmation for our spicy navy strength gin which is often the favourite on our gin tours.’

Unlike last year’s awards which were held virtually, this year’s ceremony took place at the Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow.

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers treated its team to a ‘fabulous night out’ and used it as an opportunity to catch up with former team members Gareth Scott-Dodd and Kirsten Nicholson, who helped in producing the award-winning spirits.

Adam Hardie, chair of the 2021 Scottish Gin Awards, added: ‘Scotland has a world-class record in gin distilling and production and these awards recognise those businesses which, despite the odds, are really at the top of their game.

‘This year, the Scottish gin industry has shown resilience, innovation, and creativity.

‘Congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to seeing medals on all winning products as we approach the all-important Christmas season.’