An Aberdeenshire gin firm has won a Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Inverurie’s HRAFN Gin’s Thought and Memory was awarded the medal in the competition which is considered one of the most influential spirits contests in the world.
Created by Raven Spirits, which is owned by brothers Callum and Peter Sim, the gin was one of only a select number of products from around the world to secure a gold in the competition.
The judging was held in downtown San Francisco last month when the judging panel blind-tasted almost 3,000 entries from 65 countries, across more than 100 individual categories.
SFWSC states that gold medals are awarded to “exceptional spirits that are near the pinnacle of achievement and set the standard for their categories” and are a recognised symbol of quality.
The gin also previously won a Gold Medal at The Spirits Business’ Gin Masters competition in July 2018.
Callum and Peter believe the award can pave the way to continued expansion across the UK and open up opportunities into international markets.
Peter said: “We are so proud of HRAFN Gin ‘Thought & Memory’ and are thrilled it has been recognised again on the global stage. The SFWSC Gold Medal is testament to our refusal to compromise on quality.
“We put considerable thought, care and focus into creating the very best spirits we can. It is important to both of us that everything that is created and produced by Raven Spirits is of the highest standard.”
HRAFN Gin ‘Thought & Memory’ is 45% ABV and brings together a mix of traditional botanicals and its signature mandarin, to provide a modern slant to the classic London Dry Gin.