October 21, 2017

Caorunn Gin picks up prestigious Gold Award for Scottish Gin Destination of the Year at the first Scottish Gin Awards

The premium Scottish gin Caorunn (pronounced “ka-roon”) is proud to announce a gold award win for ‘Scottish Gin Destination Of The Year’ at the very first Scottish Gin Awards.

The new annual awards celebrates innovation and excellence in distilling across Scotland. The prestigious awards were given following a highly experienced judging panel consisting of some of Scotland’s foremost gin and distilling experts.

Over the last year, gin lovers from near and far have been able to book a tour round the famous distillery to learn about the special botanicals and processes that go into making the much-loved craft gin.

The Balmenach Distillery is a destination quite unlike any other in Scotland; it lies in the heart of Speyside’s rolling hills, with breath-taking views of the highlands. Visitors can learn more about the Scottish botanicals including dandelion, heather, coul blush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berry –  which all grow in the surrounding countryside and blend together to create Caorunn’s distinct flavour.

Each batch of Caorunn is passionately handcrafted in small batches by Gin Master, Simon Buley. Visitors will be guided through the craft process used to create the exceptional Scottish gin. Guests on the Caorunn Gin Tour will gain an insight into Caorunn’s artisanal production process through a privileged behind-the-scenes tour of the production area. What’s more, visitors will be given the truly unique chance to discover the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber, which gives Caorunn it’s clean and versatile taste. Built in the 1920s the Chamber is legacy to a time when all gin was produced using this slow, careful process.

The tour includes an intimate and personal Gin Masterclass, where guests have been able to uncover the history of Scotland’s best loved gin.  

The tutored sampling section of the tour has been a highlight, where guest have been able to taste how Caorunn has distilled the essence of the Scottish Highlands into a glass. Visitors are taken on an aromatic taste adventure and enjoy a deconstructed nosing and tasting session to learn how locally foraged ingredients are used to create the uniquely dry and crisp, aromatic flavour of Caorunn. Caorunn is then sampled both neat and as a classic Caorunn G&T, served with red apple to complement its fragrant tasting notes.    

Alongside the gold award for the gin experience, Caorunn gin also celebrated  in the London dry gin of the year award.

Ibolya Bakos-Tonner, Global Brand Manager for Caorunn Gin says: “We are honoured to receive two awards at the very first Scottish Gin Awards. It means a great deal to be recognised for the attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into everything we do, creating the invigorating, refreshingly different Caorunn gin that is enjoyed by everyone today.”