Drumshanbo Gunpowder wins Best Gin ‘Oscar’ in 2019 New York Spirit Awards

For the first time ever, an Irish gin brand has won a Flaviar Best Spirit Award and claimed the Best Gin title

Described by Flaviar co-founder Jugoslav Petkovic as "a real explosion of flavour in a bottle,” the team at Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin are currently on a high after winning the Flaviar Best Gin Award - considered to be an early predictor of which spirits brands are set to trend globally



15 March 2019

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Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has been voted Best Gin at the prestigious 2019 Flaviar Spirit Awards in New York. 

One of the world’s most competitive drinks contests, Flaviar awards ‘Best Spirit’ gongs to only five of the 22,000 eligible premium spirits brands each year.

The significance of the award for the Irish gin brand is not merely honorary; the Flaviar awards are considered early predictors of which spirits brands are set to trend globally. Flaviar is the world’s leading online spirits enthusiasts club and the winning brands are selected from over 90,000 ratings submitted from thousands of dedicated premium spirits consumers from the USA, Europe and across the world. 

This is the first time in the history of the Flaviar awards that an Irish gin brand has won a Best Spirit Award and claimed the Best Gin title.  

Flaviar co-founder Jugoslav Petkovic had high praise for the brand, stating: “Once you taste Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin you can absolutely see why are members are raving about it – It’s a real explosion of flavour in a bottle.” 

Demand for the brand has led to listings in all control states in the US and The Shed Distillery even organized for the Rabbi to travel from London to secure Kosher Certification.

It’s welcome news for Leitrim and the Drumshanbo team at The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, where Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and Gunpowder Tea. There are currently 30 people in full-time employment at the Leitrim Distillery, most of whom were previously long-term unemployed. 

This Sunday, The Shed Distillery heads to Prowein International Drinks Fair in Düsseldorf where as well as marking the third anniversary of the launch of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin to the International market, distributors across the world are hoping to get an early taste of the first ever premier ‘grand cru’ whiskey from The Shed Distillery, which is due to be launched later this year.

A video detailing Drumshanbo Gunpowder’s success at the Flaviar Spirit Awards can be viewed here





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