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Adnams wins big at the 2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition

By Emma Hibbert, also posted in News on

We're delighted to announce that our Copper House Distilled Gin has won the prestigious Gin Trophy, as well as a Gold Outstanding medal, at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC*). Five other Adnams Spirits were also awarded medals. Judges at the IWSC, one of the world’s most respected spirits competitions, awarded Adnams’ Copper House Distilled Gin the top honours after having already commending it with 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.” Other medals were: Gold for Adnams Spirit of Broadside Silver for First Rate Gin, Absinthe Verte and Absinthe Rouge Bronze for Adnams Copper House Barley Vodka. Adnams Copper House Distilled GinJonathan Adnams, Chairman of Adnams, commented: “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.” Anna Grant, Head of Sales & Marketing, IWSC Group Ltd said: “We at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, are delighted with Adnams’ Copper House Distillery’s success in the 2013 Competition. With entries up 20% into the Gin category  (making this a record year for Gin), the competition was fiercer than ever for the coveted Gin Trophy. The win is a great tribute to local, handcrafted spirits and to Adnams for their innovative approach to distilling.” Adnams’ Copper House Gin is an aromatic gin with classic notes of juniper alongside sweet orange and hibiscus flowers. Using the grain to glass approach, the Copper House gin is distilled from East Anglian malted barley.

Adnams Whisky is coming soon!

In December this year we will launch two whiskies which have been slowly maturing in oak casks within the brewery cellars since 2010. If you'd like to be the first to hear of its release, sign up to our ‘List of interest’. *The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. 

The awards given by the competition are believed to be among some of the highest honours in the industry. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then products, which receive the top medals, are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation. You can learn more at or follow the Competition on Twitter @theiwsc  


Emma Hibbert