Henstone Distillery have won the prestigious accolade of Best London Dry Gin at the San Francisco World Spirits Award. Their London Dry Gin was awarded a coveted Double Gold medal and Best Of Class at the awards. A Double Gold means that all members of the judging panel classed the spirit as Gold medal worthy and deemed the gin as being one of the finest products in the world. For the 2021 awards, more than 3800 spirits from all over the globe were blind judged by renowned experts in their fields. The competition is regarded as one of the most influential in the spirits calendar and is a significant win for the Oswestry based distillery.
Pictured from left Alex and Chris Toller with Alison and Shane Par.
The award follows a very successful month that has already seen Henstone Distillery win a Gold at the London Spirits Competition for its Charcoal Filtered Vodka and wins at the Gin Guide Awards for their Navy Gin and oak aged Rosé Gin.
Alison Parr, one of the four directors of Henstone (along with husband Shane, & Chris & Alex Toller), said
“This breadth of award wins has been a fantastic testament to the overall quality of all our spirits. The icing on the cake is the San Francisco World Spirits Award.”
Alex added “We are incredibly proud of our London Dry Gin. It was the first of our products to be released back in 2018; it is packed full of botanicals and oozes aroma and flavour.”
Early 2021 saw the launch of the distillery’s inaugural whisky. The first bottling batch of their single malt whisky, which was distilled in 2018 and then laid in ex-bourbon casks for over 3 years, had been mainly pre-sold, with the remaining bottles snapped up from the online shop within hours of release. Henstone are now bottling casks as and when they reach maturity and the whisky bottles are available in local shops as well as online.
Chris said “Demand for our spirits via our online shop has been phenomenal. We love being able to offer our products with the kind of personal service that only a small business can provide. Many of our orders are repeat business, which just demonstrates how happy our customers are with both the spirits and service.”
“We had to launch the whisky via a couple of Zoom sessions,” said Shane “which certainly wasn’t how we planned it 3 years ago! We had a number of experts review the whisky and we were blown away with the awesome comments they made.”
The whisky has been described as smooth and creamy; has a complexity that belies its’ age; and leaves you wanting more. The Henstone founders are very hopeful that it will soon be joining the ranks of their other spirits and winning global awards of its own.