Kinsale Gin has picked up a number of awards at the recent Bartender Spirits Awards in the USA, including gold for Gin of the Year.
In total Kinsale Gin was awarded Gin Of The Year, Gin Producer Of The Year, and a Double Gold at the international awards.
The Bartender Spirits Awards aim to provide independent and honest reviews for brands who are looking to enter the U.S. on-premise industry. The judging panel consists of prominent names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise sector. The results 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.
Publican and entrepreneur Ernest Cantillon said: “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. These awards are based in San Francisco so the US credibility and press are invaluable.”
“We really wanted a way to recognize those spirits that would be a great addition to any bar and that are completely on-trend in terms of packaging and price,” said Sid Patel, Founder and CEO of Beverage Trade Network. “Whether bartenders are looking to plug a very specific gap in their existing spirits inventory, or construct an entirely new cocktail menu from scratch, what better advice could they get than from fellow bartenders? Medals were awarded to those spirits that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying spirits that should become additions to bar inventories. Each spirits brand was evaluated on Mixability, Balance and Versatility, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish, Package and Price.”
Kinsale Gin was one of 7 double gold winners which scored 96 and more points. The 2020 competition saw submissions from 34 countries including some new additions like Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Switzerland.
“Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the industry,” explained Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network, the Organizer company of BSA. “And when we come out of this, we hope to see a strong rebound in the hospitality sector. The increased number of quantity in 2020 submissions truly demonstrated the faith our industry has in the long term outlook of our hospitality industry.”
Kinsale Gin is owned by Cork’s Kinsale Spirit Company, co-founded by Ernest Cantillon, Colin Ross, and Tom O’Riordan – all current or ex-publicans.
Other drinks in their portfolio include the recently launched Red Early Whiskey, the first of the company’s Battle of Kinsale series of whiskeys. The company is currently planning a new distillery for Kinsale, Co. Cork, due to open in 2021.