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Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards finalists announced – public to decide the overall winners


Sep 17th 2018, 14:13

The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes is proud to celebrate the creators and retailers of locally and internationally crafted gins and variants, with the top 4 local, and top 4 international finalists having been announced. Blind-tasting opportunities around the country will allowing South Africans to taste and vote for their favourites.

The 8 finalists were decided from 74 local and international entries, by a panel including South Africa comedian Lihle Msimang, performer Thami Shobede, sommelier Higgo Jacobs, founder of The Gin Box Jean Buckham, and Aspasia Karras, magazine supplement publisher at Tiso Blackstar Group.

Finalists in the Local Gin category are:

Ginologist Floral Gin (Craft Link Distillery)
Monks Mary Jane (MONKS Distillery (Pty) Ltd)
Orient (Pienaar & Son Distilling Co.
Westcliff Copper Distilled (Angel Heart Distillery)

Finalists in the International Gin category are:

Gin Mare (Global Premium Brands)
Gordon’s London Dry Gin (Alexander Gordon & Co.)
Hendricks Gin
Tanqueray (The Cameronbridge Distillery)

Gin lovers are invited to visit the following Makro stores on 22 September, between 11h00-14h00 to taste and judge which gins they believe to be the best.

Woodmead, Johannesburg
SilverLakes, Pretoria
Springfield, Durban
Montague Gardens, CapeTown

Votes can also be cast online by visiting

Be sure to watch the video of the preliminary panel judging sessions:

Winners will be announced at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards on the 19th of October 2018.

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