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24th March 2022


We are delighted to announce that Copeland Irish Gin has won two prestigious awards at this year’s IWSC awards. 

The Copeland Distillery, from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland was awarded the ‘Outstanding Gold’ award for its Irish Gin.

Scoring an incredible 99 points out of 100, ‘Outstanding Gold’ is awarded by IWSC judges to “an outstanding spirit with a naturally exceptional balance, complexity and power. An example that immediately sets itself apart from others in the category.”

Over 4,000 spirits from over 90 countries, were entered in the 2022 awards, with each spirit tasted and awarded a score, which is translated into either a Gold Outstanding, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

The judges’ comments on Copeland Irish gin were:

“Aromatic and elegant nose with notes of fresh pine and florals, leading to sweet berry and botanical flavours. Ribbons of spice and juniper weave throughout the palate, and the finish has a refreshing bitter kick which draws you back for a second sip. Wonderfully balanced.”

At the same awards, Copeland Distillery Smugglers’ Reserve Rum was also awarded a Silver medal, with the judges commenting:

“An elegant nose of ripe pear, pineapple and hints of banana. On the palate there is a beautiful abundance of vanilla and caramel sweetness. Almost a fruit salad on the finish.”

As well as claiming the Outstanding Gold award, Copeland Irish gin was subsequently awarded the ‘Contemporary Gin Trophy’ for 2022 – making it the first Irish gin to ever be awarded the trophy!

Trophy winners are selected following an additional blind tasting of all Gold medal-winning spirits by 9 IWSC judges. The winner of the trophy represents the ultimate accolade at the IWSC and are awarded to the finest spirits. 

IWSC trophies are awarded to the stand-out performers across a range of categories: spanning grape varieties, different spirits, design and packaging. Trophies are also awarded to the top producers from each region, as well as recognising the people and businesses who have shone within their sector over the previous year.

Over 1200 gins from across the world entered the IWSC awards in 2022 and were judged across 2 categories: London Dry Gin and Contemporary Gin.

The award of the 2022 Trophy means Copeland Irish Gin can justifiably claim to be the ‘Best Contemporary Gin in the World’. 

We would like to wish all the team at Copeland huge congratulations on their outstanding success! 

Copeland Distillery Irish Gin and range of fine spirits is available in Northern Ireland exclusively through Drinks Inc.  For more information on the range, please speak to your Drinks Inc. rep.