Stirling Distillery Pick up Two Prestigious Great Taste Awards
Stirling Distillery are celebrating after being awarded two prestigious Great Taste Awards recognising
two of their bestselling gins. Their nettle-based classic gin and their forget-me-not infused Gin Blue
Line gin were both successful in the 2022 awards.
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted food and drink accreditation scheme. It supports and
promotes producers, large and small, giving buyers and food lovers reliable recommendations for
great tasting food and drink. More than 14,000 products were put through the competition’s
rigorous blind judging process and Stirling managed to bag two awards.
Stirling’s hand bottled and hand waxed craft gins are made in the historic ‘Old Smiddy’ distillery in
the shadow of Stirling Castle. Their flagship product – Stirling’s classic nettle infused Gin – was
recognised for its enticing aroma. Judges said: “It has a pleasant mix of delicate citrus and spice
characters. We loved the fresh juniper and citrus notes. It’s a very smooth and delicate gin, ideal for
sipping, and it opens up nicely with a tonic.”
Their most recently release gin, Gin Blue Line, was created by the distillery to raise money for police
officers, both past and present, who suffer with PTSD. 20% of profits go to Police charity PTSD999.
Made with thoughtfully selected botanicals including forget-me-nots, Scottish heather, sage and
kaffir lime leaves, the Great Taste judges enjoyed the gin, commenting: “Floral on the nose, this is a
sweet and complex gin that mixes well with tonic. The finish is hot and peppery. A good traditional,
classic gin with well combined botanicals”. Speaking further about the charity gin, Great Taste said
“There’s a gentle, floral character on the palate, quite distinctive. An ice cube in the glass really
elevates the sage – a firm, floral, quite complex G&T.”
Cameron McCann, co-founder of the distillery said:
“We are really proud of our range of products at the distillery, created with locally sourced
ingredients and celebrating Stirlingshire’s rich history. To receive a Great Taste award acknowledging
the quality of our products really is the icing on the cake”.
Co-founder June McCann highlighted the value of these awards for independent businesses:
“As a small family business, recognition from Great Taste means the world to us. We hope it
will encourage more people to try our range of gins and put Stirling on the map!”
Both winning products are available to buy from the Distillery shop, located in the shadow of Stirling
Castle, or online at www.stirlingdistillery.com.
About Stirling Distillery
Stirling Distillery, established in 2015, is steeped in Scottish history. Located in the shadow of
Stirling Castle, central Scotland, it is the city’s first legal distillery. Offering a range of gins
and whiskies all with historic relevance, the distillery is open daily for gin experiences,
tastings and a weekly gin school.