Brought to you by The Kinsale Spirit Company.
It’s the flavour of the Cork coast, bottled.
Now gin fans across the United States are raising a toast to Kinsale Gin, after the company swept the boards at the Bartender Spirits Awards.
The small-batch premium Irish Gin, which is distilled with local botanicals such as meadowsweet, elderflower, lemon verbena and geranium, took home the gongs for Gin of the Year and Gin Producer of the Year, as well as a Double Gold at the highly prestigious international awards.
Kinsale Gin is owned by Cork’s Kinsale Spirit Company – co-founded by publicans Ernest Cantillon, Colin Ross, and Tom O’Riordan.
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The trio was over the moon to discover Kinsale Gin was the toast of The Bartender Spirits Awards, the judging panel of which consists of some of the most renowned names in the US bar industry.
The awards serve as a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners, and other industry professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments, opening many doors internationally for this Cork brand.
“We are really delighted with the awards as they couldn’t have come at a better time – we have just launched both Kinsale Gin and Red Earl in the US,” said publican and entrepreneur Ernest Cantillon.
“These awards are based in San Francisco so the US credibility and press are invaluable.”
Kinsale Gin was one of seven double gold winners to score 96 and more points. The 2020 competition saw submissions from 34 countries including some new additions like Lebanon, Kazakhstan and Switzerland.
Despite the challenges of 2020, it’s been a big year for the Kinsale Spirit Company team, who recently launched Red Earl Whiskey, the first of the company’s ‘Battle of Kinsale’ series of whiskeys. The company is also planning a new distillery for Kinsale, set to open in 2021.
If you’d like to raise your own toast to Kinsale Gin, it’s best served over ice with Indian tonic and a slice of fresh grapefruit. Cheers!