Winners of the UK’s first Craft Spirits Awards announced

The UK’s first Craft Spirits Awards took place at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry on Monday, with nine prizes handed out to the best in the emerging craft spirit industry.

The awards were launched and hosted by the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, with Interface Food & Drink and the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling, on Monday evening.

Thoroughbred Spirits Group sponsored the awards, which formed part of a two-day conference held by the SCDA, which welcomed craft distillers from across the UK to network, share knowledge and learn more about the sector.

Tony Reeman-Clark, chair of SCDA, said: “Scottish Craft Distillers Association has been the result of two years of work by many parties, and we are now a credible presence in the quality spirits marketplace. The event at Atholl Palace firmly puts us in the centre of the craft-distilling sector, with our AGM and conference bookending the UKs first ever Craft Spirit Awards.

“Our members are producing gin, rum, vodka and whisky, and helping to reestablish craft distilling in Scotland as an important sector in its own right within the global drinks industry. We are delighted to have the support of so many, and this event is a great way to toast a bright future for the Scottish craft-distilling sector.”

The categories and winners are below:

Scottish Craft Spirit (all spirit categories)
Gold: Strathearn Distillery: Oaked Highland Gin
Silver: Dunnet Bay Distillery: Rock Rose Gin
Bronze: Glasgow Distillery: Makar Gin

Scottish Craft Spirit – Social Media
Edinburgh Gin: Seaside Gin

Best Packaging
Edinburgh Gin

Young Distiller 2015 (Distiller under 30 years of age working within an SCDA member company)
Zac Shenfield of Strathearn Distillery.

Spirit of the Future (New Make)
Glasgow Distillery: Single Malt New Make

Innovation (product, equipment or process)
GlenWyvis – for representing true (and green) innovation. The distillery aims to be the first off-grid distillery.

Guest Spirit (all spirit categories)
La Alazana Distillery: Patagonian Single Malt Whisky