It was announced this morning that our 3 SQ. MILES gin has won yet another prestigious accolade, this time in London, at this year’s international spirits competition. In a crowded field of some 340 gins from all over the world, it’s something that the 130 residents of our island can be proud of. This excellent news comes on the heels of our Silver at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition.
An award at the London Spirits Competition is regarded by many in the drinks industry as the ultimate seal of approval. In order to receive this distinction, participants need to score highly in three different categories: Quality, Value, and Packaging. In contrast to other spirits competitions, where distilling ability and technical expertise sometimes receive primary consideration at the expense of drinkability, the goal of the London Spirits Competition was to award and celebrate the spirits that drinkers actually want to buy, whether at a retail store or ordering off the menu at a London restaurant.
“We’re a bit heartbroken to be just five points off Gold, but to take Silver in an event like this is just amazing,” says Seamus O’Driscoll, founder and director of Cape Clear Island Distillery. “It’s an incredible accomplishment, and after all the hard work we’ve put into this product, it’s great to be recognized.”
The judging panel consisted of spirits industry experts with commercial buying responsibility. This ensured that all spirits selected as winners in the competition were exactly the types of spirits that are favored by both the spirits trade and the end consumer. Spirits were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value, and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale.