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Northumberland gin lands double gold at international awards

Head distiller Chris Garden with a super-critical fluid extractor.
Head distiller Chris Garden with a super-critical fluid extractor.

Hepple Gin has won a prestigious Double Gold Award at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The awards are considered the Oscars of the drinks industry and the Double Gold accolade is awarded to entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel and are regarded as among the finest products in the world.

A bottle of Hepple Gin.

A bottle of Hepple Gin.

The Northumberland-based distillery launched the gin in October 2015 and was awarded its first gold last year.

Since winning its first gold medal at the competition last year, Hepple Gin has developed a forward-thinking sustainable juniper propagation programme on the moors around the distillery in association with Northumberland National Park, Newcastle University and Hepple Whitefield Farm.

Head distiller, Chris Garden, said: “We are delighted to win the double gold from one of the world’s most important spirits competition.

“The award is a testament to our unique triple technique, which brings a new level of juniper to our gin.”

A Double Gold cocktail made with Hepple Gin.

A Double Gold cocktail made with Hepple Gin.

To celebrate winning, Nick Strangeway has created a suitably-named cocktail – Double Gold – which is ideal to be enjoyed on a summer’s evening.

Ingredients

35ml Hepple Gin

15ml Italicus

10ml Suze

5ml Yellow Chartreuse

50ml Dry English Sparkling Wine

Method

Stir the Hepple Gin over ice with the Italicus, Suze and Yellow Chartreuse. Then strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Express the oil from a small twist over lemon over the drink and then top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with an edible flower.