By SAM BUTLER
Six Northern Ireland distilleries have been successful in the prestigious World Gin Awards 2021, the winners of which have just been announced. The global awards select the very best in all internationally recognised styles of gin. They are presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s leading online resource for drinks professionals.
The awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe.
The Northern Ireland successes include two comparative newcomers – Wild Atlantic Distillery, Castlederg in County Tyrone, and Belfast Artisan in Belfast.
The most successful distillery from Northern Ireland was Boatyard from Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, a producer of a unique double gin as well as vodka and which is also maturing a malt whiskey.
The successful Northern Ireland distilleries were:
n Belfast Artisan was named Northern Ireland Country Winner in World’s Best London Dry Gin for its Small Batch Gin;
n Boatyard Gin, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, was named Northern Ireland Country Winner in the World’s Best Flavoured Gin category for its Winter Solstice Gin,
Category Winner in the World’s Best Matured Gin for its Old Tom Gin, and Northern Ireland category winner for its Sloe Gin, Silver for its Double Gin in the World’s Best London Dry Gin, Northern Ireland Country category winner for its Old Tom Gin in World’s Best Matured Gin category and Northern Ireland Country Winner for its Sloe Boat Gin in World’s Best Sloe Gin Category;
Echlinville, Kircubbin in County Down, was the overall Ireland Country Category Winner in the World’s Best Contemporary Gin for its Irish Pot Still Gin;
Killowen, Rostrevor, County Down – Bronze for Native Botanical Gin in Ireland category in Best Contemporary Gin;
Wild Atlantic Way, near Castlederg in County Tyrone, was the Northern Ireland Country category winner for its First Edition Gin in the World’s Best Contemporary Gin category; and Symphonia from Moy in Tyrone won a silver medal for its Dry Gin in the Northern Ireland category in Contemporary Gin category and a Bronze in the World’s Best Flavoured Gin category for its Symphonia Apple Gin.
RIGHT: Joe McGirr, founder of Boatyard Distillery in Fermanagh, which was a major success in the World Gin Awards 2021.
LEFT: Brian Ash and Jim Nash, founders of Wild Atlantic Distillery in Castlederg.
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