A good week for gin

It’s been a good week for gin with Bacardi’s Star of Bombay Gin and Purity Gin’s Organic Old Tom Gin both picking up awards.

The Gin Guild teamed up with the International Wine and Spirit Competition for the fourth year running, to sponsor two gin awards presented at the annual awards banquet.

The Gin Guild’s London Dry Gin trophy was accepted by Julian Davies, global marketing manager for Bombay Sapphire, who said it was a great honour.

“As a Gin Guild member it is a real honour that the Guild’s London Dry Gin trophy has been awarded to us for Star of Bombay Gin, a variation of our world-renowned Bombay Sapphire, which itself achieved eighth place in the IWSR World Class Brands table this October,” Julian said.

And it’s not just organic food that is growing in popularity. The second Gin Guild trophy was awarded for Purity’s Organic Old Tom gin, from Sweden, which received the Contemporary Gin trophy.

The organic gin is the latest creation of Master Blender Thomas Kuuttanen, who has been awarded more than 100 international gold medals for his wide variety of spirits, including whisky, aquavit, vodka and gin.

Purity is a reinvention of the Old Tom style of gin which was predominant in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The style is less juniper-forward, more complex and a little sweeter. The distillation takes place in a copper and gold pot still and is made slowly to maintain the delicate flavours of the organic botanicals.

Thomas Kuuttanen said: “To be awarded The Gin Guild’s Contemporary Gin Trophy is an exceptional recognition as the quality, knowledge and competition in the craft gin industry has increased significantly in recent years. “

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