Experimenting has paid off for Glasgow Distillery Company, who won six medals at a world industry competition against 400 of the finest gins all over the world.
The single malt and gin specialist is causing a stir with its newest botanical offerings to the market – Makar Old Tom and their wood flavoured expressions – Makar Oak and Makar Mulberry.
The annual International World Spirits Challenge (IWSC) hosted the 10th Annual Spirits Tasting in London last week, and presented The Glasgow Distillery with an outstanding silver for Makar Old Tom which scored an impressive 89.9% result.
Makar Old Tom is hand distilled in Glasgow in a copper still with botanicals including Angelica, Black Pepper, Liquorice, Coriander, Orange, Lemon, Sweet Almond, juniper berries and finished with a drizzle of honey to create a sweeter style of gin.
Judges found the distillery’s newest expression to be ‘an interesting interpretation of the category’ with an ‘assorted abundance of aromas ranging from orchard fruit to explosive herbal notes to focussed juniper and beyond’. The cocktail gin also picked up a bronze quality award for design and packaging. While each Makar expression picked up an additional silver award. Makar London Dry was highlighted as amongst the best in the world to enjoy with tonic, garnering a silver award based on type, age and strength.
Only 200 global quality spirits across 90 categories were recognised by an intense two-stage judging process, 400 judges from 30 countries are entrusted to seek out the world’s best spirits over a seven-month period which includes both double-blind tastings and a second round chemical and microbiological analysis of the winners.
Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, said: "Scotland is a global destination for outstanding food and drink and this is a fantastic result for the industry. Winning six awards from such a distinguished judging process highlights our commitment to innovation and our confidence in creating super premium products for our customers to enjoy across the globe.
“The gin market is booming; taste profiles are evolving; customers are looking for big botanical flavours and unusual combinations. We’re passionate about our products and winning these awards gives our distillers the confidence to continue to challenge flavours, experiment and create more handcrafted products.”