Filey's Little Distillery Gains Big Global Accolade
by David Pendleton on Sep 07, 2022
Filey distillery’s Pink Gin won the only coveted MASTER Medal at the Spirit Business Gin Masters making it the best of the best. Their Signature Gin won both a MASTER Medal and a GOLD Medal.
Five hundred gins from across the globe were entered into the Spirits Business Gin Masters 2022 awards. One Pink Gin stood out from the rest: Filey Pink Gin. It was the only Pink Gin in the competition to receive the coveted Master Medal. Filey Pink Gin is simply and officially the best of the best.
The good news kept rolling for Filey Distillery, as their Signature Gin won the first Master Medal of the Super Premium bracket. The gin won the top award for its “very tasty, herbal” qualities. The Signature Gin also bagged a Gold Medal in the Contemporary category.
The Spirits Business is the only dedicated international spirits magazine and website in the world. Its circulation reaches out to more than 50,000 spirits professionals worldwide, from the most senior drinks buyers in the on- and off-trade, through to the best known and most influential bartenders at the world’s hottest venues.
The Spirits Business magazine hosts an annual Gin Masters competition which aims to highlight those brands that are producing the world’s best gins and are in some cases breaking boundaries. The number of gins on the market has seen The Gin Masters grow to dizzying heights, and this year’s blind-tasting competition attracted close to 500 submissions.
An army of judges were called upon to tackle this year’s entries, with nine panels of experts in total. The group assembled at Lola’s at the Hippodrome Casino in London in June, and the bottles’ identities were kept hidden from the judges.
Filey Distillery entered both of its gins into the competition. The Filey Signature Gin took its place in the Super Premium and Contemporary categories. In the Super Premium contingent, the first Master medal rolled in. Filey Gin secured the top award for its “very tasty, herbal” qualities.
Generally, the judges were impressed with the standard presented in the super-premium round. Kennard said: “These were solid examples of gin, with some interesting experimentation going on. You want some experimentation in the category, holding true to its definition; you still get juniper in them. In the Contemporary category Filey Signature Gin was awarded a Gold medal.
Finally, Filey’s Pink Gin was entered into the Pink Gin category and the good news kept on coming. As the Spirits Business website noted:
Pink Gin has been an increasingly popular category over recent years, and there was one gin in particular that stood out from the rest in this year’s tasting: Filey Pink Gin. The judges enjoyed the Master medallist for its “coriander leaf, mint” aromas, leading to an “open, flavourful palate, well-balanced herbs and red fruits – refreshing”.