Two months ago, cabbie Moses Odong made his first batch of rum, producing 250 bottles at a distillery near his home after long shifts driving his black cab around London. To his delight, the hard work has already paid off: his Cabby’s Rum has just won a prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition award.
Japanese craft gins are just now gaining increased recognition abroad. Ki no Bi has won several international awards, including, mostly recently, the Contemporary Gin Trophy at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
It took a career crisis and a curiosity for gin making for ex-policewoman and classical musician Nicole Durdin to turn to the world of distilling in the Barossa Valley. Nicole and her husband Jon were living in the UK when a desire to move home and delve into something starkly different to their professions took over. This weekend the South Australian pair will celebrate the opening of Seppeltsfield Road Distillers (SRD), the Barossa Valley’s first commercial distillery ... The gins have already scooped a number of awards, including the House Gin which won silver and the Barossa Gin which won bronze at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.
There was no need for magical charms or intervention from tiny mythological creatures on behalf of Tullamore D.E.W. at the International Wine & Spirits Competition this year, as Tully’s beloved 18 Year Old Single Malt won the Worldwide Whiskey Trophy, making them the first whiskey from the Emerald Isle to take the top honor since 2009.
Just 18 months after setting up in a small unit in a shared warehouse, Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery has outgrown its premises and is hoping to move to a bigger site to meet demand for its sake which is now stocked at 17 shops, including luxury department store Selfridges. Its Kanpai Pure Junmai Sake was awarded the Bronze prize at the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
There’s something about the word symmetry at Underground Spirits at the moment. Not only has it rebranded its bottles to feature a stylised map of Canberra but everything about the business appears to be falling into line.
Curio, Cornwall’s pioneering artisan distillery, is celebrating a month of awards and exciting news. Their flagship gin – Curio Rock Samphire – has scooped a top award in the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).
The team at the Isle of Arran Distillers is celebrating four coveted awards at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition. The independent whisky maker picked up two gold medals for its Arran 10 and 18-year-old Single Malts. The Bothy Quarter Cask and Lochranza Reserve claimed silver outstanding medals.
William Grant & Sons, the fiercely independent Scottish family company, whose commitment to making the highest quality spirits has earned the company the prestigious Distiller of the Year award by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 11 times over the past 12 years, is launching its first from-the-ground-up American whiskey.
Whisky has a global appeal for visitors who come to Scotland, and the latest figures from the Scotch Whisky Association confirms that appeal, with an estimated whisky export value of about £4 billion to the UK economy.
London’s got enough gin distilleries to fill days of sweaty walking tours. Venues can easily stock their back bars with nothing but locally made versions of the juniper spirit. But when it comes to white rum, the city’s only got one that it can call its own.