Jute, jam, jour­nal­ism and gin: Dundee’s tip­ple scoops award

Ver­dant Gin crowned best of the year at in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - ste­fan morkis smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

We had high hopes for the Lon­don Dry Gin cat­e­gory but to get the best gin of the year­was com­pletely un­ex­pected. ANDREW MACKEN­ZIE OF VER­DANT SPIR­ITS

• Lon­don Dry Gin of the Year spon­sored by Flavourly: Gold – Ver­dant Dry Gin

• Spe­cial­ity Gin of the Year: Bronze – Eden Mill Hop Gin

• Gin Liqueur of the Year: Bronze – Gin Bothy Amaretto

• Growth Busi­ness of the Year spon­sored by Black­ad­ders: win­ner – Eden Mill

• Scot­tish Dis­tillery of the Year spon­sored by The Scot­tish Gin So­ci­ety: win­ner – Ar­bikie Dis­till­ing

• Gin of the Year spon­sored by Ger­aldo’s: win­ner – Ver­dant Dry Gin

A Dundee-made gin has been named best in Scot­land at a pres­ti­gious awards cer­e­mony.

Ver­dant Gin was named Gin of the Year at the in­au­gu­ral Scot­tish Gin Awards, held in the Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton in Glas­gow city cen­tre.

The gin, made by Ver­dant Spir­its, also won Gold Medal in the Lon­don Dry Gin cat­e­gory.

In a suc­cess­ful night for Tay­side and Fife busi­nesses, Abroath’s Ar­bikie Dis­till­ing was named Scot­tish Gin Dis­tillery of the Year at the event while Eden Mill in Guard­bridge was named Growth Busi­ness of the Year.

Andrew Macken­zie, founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ver­dant Spir­its, said: “We are ab­so­lutely chuffed.

“We had high hopes for the Lon­don Dry Gin cat­e­gory but to get the best gin of the year was com­pletely un­ex­pected.” Mr Macken­zie said he has am­bi­tious plans for the dis­tillery.

He said: “We are go­ing to keep build­ing the brand. We have an oak gin com­ing out in a cou­ple of months and then we are go­ing to be pro­duc­ing rum and ver­mouth.”

Mr Macken­zie added plans to turn the for­mer fac­tory en­gine house at Ed­ward Street Mill, in For­est Park Place, Black­ness, into a vis­i­tor cen­tre and shop are still pro­gress­ing.

For full cov­er­age of the Scot­tish Gin Awards, visit theginkin.com

From left: Ver­dant Spir­its’ Des Clark, Toni Daw­son and Andrew Macken­zie with part­ner Judy Fowlie, and Ca­tri­ona Shearer of BBC Scot­land.

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