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The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards, in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes, announced this year’s winning local and international gins.
The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards, in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes, announced this year’s winning local and international gins.

Ginologist Floral Gin and Tanqueray win big at the Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards

LIQUOR NEWS

Issued by Samantha Pugh, Pugh Public Relations & Corporate Communications - Oct 23rd 2018, 08:19

The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards, in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes, announced this year’s winning local and international gins at a trendy cocktail event, held at The Empire Rooftop in Parktown on 19 October. Ginologist Floral Gin was awarded first place in the Local Gin category, with Orient placing second. In the International Gin category, Tanqueray came out on top, with Gin Mare taking second spot. 

Sixty-one local gins and 13 international gins were shortlisted to four finalists in each category, after being evaluated on their aroma, taste, aftertaste, suitability with tonic, as well as bottle and logo design. The judging panel comprised of South African 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.

The four finalists in each category were then evaluated by consumers at blind-tastings held in-store at select Makro outlets around the country.

The shortlisted finalists in the Local Gin category were Ginologist Floral Gin (Craft Link Distillery), Monks Mary Jane (MONKS Distillery (Pty) Ltd), Orient (Pienaar & Son Distilling Co., and Westcliff Copper Distilled (Angel Heart Distillery).

The shortlisted finalists in the International Gin category were Gin Mare (Global Premium Brands), Gordon’s London Dry Gin (Alexander Gordon & Co.), Hendricks Gin, and Tanqueray (The Cameronbridge Distillery).

The combined scores from the judges and consumer tastings determined Ginologist Floral Gin and Tanqueray to be the overall winners.

 

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