Galway-based Micil Distillery has been awarded a silver medal in the Contemporary Style Gin category at the 2020 World Gin Awards.

The World Gin Awards judging event took place in London on Wednesday 15th January. More than 400 gins from around the world were blind tasted by industry experts to shortlist the best gins from 20 countries. Each gin was tasted in its relevant style to identify and select the style winners.

The silver medal was awarded to Micil Irish Gin, distilled in small batches by the Micil family at their distillery in Salthill.

Pádraic Ó Griallais, founder and director of Micil Distillery, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this win! My mantra is that Micil will always be associated with distilling beautifully handcrafted spirits in small batches, using local flowers and herbs. For our dedication to this ethos to be recognised at such a prestigious award ceremony, so early on, is extremely rewarding.”

Micil Distillery will now be invited to attend The Gin Magazine Awards 2020 celebrations ceremony, to be held later this year in London when the overall World’s Best Gin will be announced.

Speaking about the spirit, Pádraic said: “Micil Irish Gin is a true story of place in which Connemara flowers and herbs are to the forefront, as well as the same locally picked Connemara bogbean that my family have been adding to their poitín for over 170 years. The gin also incorporates my great-great-great-grandfather Micil’s signature smoothness which is balanced by a gentle citrus effervescence. It is a creation that I am extremely proud of.”

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