Adnams the Suffolk based brewer known for its beers has also been known to dabble in the world of gin, unbeknownst to most, especially this blogger who has a love hate relationship with gin and by love hate i mean i hate it and cant understand why other people love it.
Despite this part of the business not being well known it doesnt mean they arent good at it. At the recent International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) they won the very prestigious Gin Trophy, to make this award all the sweeter it came just 3 years after they started brewing the gin, which i think only means one thing, Adnams made a deal with the devil, this isnt a bad thing though because we get good beer for a couple of souls and i for one am ok with that.
Adnams’ Copper House Distilled Gin took top honours having already received a gold outstanding medal. This year saw a record number of entries into the Gin category. An IWSC judge described the spirit as “a creamy, sweetly-spiced satisfying gin that is inviting and engaging. It’s ample, bold and complex with well-balanced notes of cardamom, nutmeg and bark. A beautifully crafted example.”
The Gin Trophy topped off a plethora of awards for Adnams’ spirits this year, with the Suffolk distillery scooping six other medals at the same competition. Other medals included: gold for Adnams Spirit of Broadside; silver medals for First Rate Gin, Absinthe Verte and Absinthe Rouge; and a bronze medal for Adnams Copper House Barley Vodka.
Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Adnams, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised with such a prestigious award at this international competition. It is only three years since we built the Copper House Distillery in the heart of the Adnams brewery and we have worked extremely hard to create world-class products for our customers. These awards, in particular the coveted Gin Trophy, really mark the success we have achieved in such a short period of time.
“We take huge pride in the fact that our small-batch spirits are being successfully judged on a global stage. Part of the uniqueness of Adnams spirits is our ‘grain to glass’ approach, which we believe sets us apart from others. With over 140 years of brewing expertise, we have great confidence in the use of raw materials to achieve the distinctive flavours of our award-winning spirits and liqueurs.
“The Adnams distillery tours are proving hugely popular and are a great way for visitors to learn more about the history and techniques of distilling as well as seeing how a small batch distillery can be integrated with a brewery. And of course, there’s the added bonus of one of the best views in Southwold, of the Lighthouse and out to sea.”