Local Tring distillery gains further recognition at the London Spirits Competition
Small batch gin producer Puddingstone Distillery has been awarded two gold medals and two silver medals in the 2021 London Spirit Competition for its Campfire Gin range. This is a great achievement for the Hertfordshire-based nano craft gin distillery, founded by Ben and Kate Marston, which first opened its doors in 2016.
It might be called the London Spirits Competition but the awards attract hundreds of entries from all over the world. The gins are judged on three areas – quality, value and packaging. In commercial terms if the price and packaging do not equal the quality of the spirit in the bottle then the London Spirits Competition will not recognise the gin as an award-winning spirit.
Only after tasting the gins blind do the judges get to see the bottle and assess the design, label and packaging to determine how well it matches to the price point and complements the quality of the gin.
Winning a medal at the London Spirits Competition gives existing and future trade spirits buyers the reassurance that the gins are ones their customers will want to buy.
The first gin produced by Puddingstone Distillery in the Campfire Gin range was London Dry. It was soon joined by Campfire Navy Strength. Both these gins were awarded gold medals at the London Spirits Competition. Campfire Cask Aged and Campfire Old Tom Gins were awarded silver medals, narrowly missing out on gold medals.
Head Distiller and co-founder Ben Marston said: ‘After a tough few months these awards reflect the continued pursuit of excellence by our distillery team. We are especially thrilled to have picked up accolades for the navy gin and barrel aged gin which by nature of their niche audiences are strongly contested gin categories.’
Puddingstone Distillery is open on Friday and Saturday for tastings and bottle sales. The open plan design of the distillery production area and shop, which is based on the P E Mead & Sons Farm Shop site in Tring, means visitors have a backdrop of the gin stills Isabella and Amelia, while tasting and choosing which of the Campfire Gins to take home. Or you can order gin online at www.puddingstonedistillery.com.