All three flavour variations of the Agnes Arber premium gins picked up accolades at this years’ Gin Masters Awards; the largest ever blind-tasting competition held by The Global Spirits Masters.
With over 480 entries, the blind tasting was held in-person and included specialist judges from both the on and off-trade consuming a whole host of gins over a two-day blind-tasting extravaganza.
Agnes Arber Premium picked up Gold in the London Dry category whilst Agnes Arber Rhubarb and Pineapple gins were both awarded Silver in the Flavoured Gin category.
The three-strong range of Agnes Arber gins were inspired by the work of Agnes Arber; a famed botanical historian known for her dedication to discovering all the intricacies and wonders of the natural world.
Following the success of Arber Premium, Arber Rhubarb was then launched in 2018 to provide a strong point of difference in the gin market closely followed by Arber Pineapple in 2019 in a bid to launch a quirky and unique expression across the flavoured gin category.
Made from nine carefully chosen botanicals, all three gins ensure a true gin experience at 41.6% ABV and the bottles are all designed with Agnes Arber’s very own artwork adorning the bold bottle design.
Though the pandemic meant that gin sales in the on-trade ground to a halt, gin sales across the off-trade reached over £2 billion with around 80 billion bottles sold in supermarkets, shops and online sales compared to £1 billion in the previous 12 months, figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have shown.
Flavoured gins, too, now account for 40% of all gins sales over the last year with sales increasing 37% year-on-year, proving that the gin renaissance is very much still in full swing and shows little sign of slowing.
Nic Ponticakis, Brand Manager for Agnes Arber Gins, said: “We’re delighted to have won not one, not two but three awards in the Gin Masters 2021 for each one of our fantastic flavours!
“We were elated back in May when Arber Pineapple took home the award for Flavoured Gin at the Gin Guide Awards and we’re even more thrilled now, knowing that each SKU in the Arber range is an award-winner.
“This collection is a stunning example of highly coveted, premium and mouth-watering gins which are versatile as they are delicious – whether that’s sipped with a simple mixer, in a cocktail, standing out on a bar, or even for the home consumer.”
Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business magazine and chair of The Gin Masters 2021 tasting, said: “We’ve all known gin’s popularity has soared over recent years, but to have the chance to taste such a vast assortment of entries from around the world blind, and find so many deserving of top medals, is a testament to the skill and creativity of gin producers today.
“The standard across the board was exceptional - and makes it easy to see why gin lovers continue to favour the category.”