Results Edition 2018: Gin

Recognizing the art of craftsmanship.

In Expert Opinion we make sure that the product crafted at your distillery is judged by a professional jury in blind tasting sessions. Scoring is based on a number of qualities and characteristics: from the opacity of the liquid to head- and tail aftertastes.

  • 23 DISTILLERIES

  • 10 COUNTRIES

  • 38 CRAFT GINS

The judging is based on WSET Level 4 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits. This framework brings structure to the assessment and allows jury to have a consistent judgement throughout the process.

There are 4 main areas of assessment, that allows each gin to score up to 260 points:

  • Appearance: is judged on clarity, intensity, colour and other observations. Maximum score is 30 points. In case the liquid has a visible residue, it automatically receives null points for the whole block.
  • Nose: is assessed on condition, intensity and aroma characteristics. Maximum score is 70 points.
  • Palate pure: the spirit is assessed in its pure form, served at room temperature. Characteristics to assess are: sweetness, alcohol, body, other observations, flavour intensity, flavour characteristics and finish. Maximum score is 100 points.
  • Palate mixed: is an extension of the framework for gins only, and in this section the gin is assessed in mixed form with the tonic (ratio 1:4). The assessment covers body, other observations, flavour intensity and flavour characteristics. Maximum score is 60 points.

A spirit receives an award, when it scores in the top 25% of the scoring scale, or in other words when it receives a score in the range between 196 and 260 points:

  • PLATINUM: 253 – 260 points (3%)
  • GOLD: 235 – 252 points (7%)
  • SILVER: 209 – 234 points (10%)
  • BRONZE: 196-208 points (5%)

Next to the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, which are based on the score only, there are also a number of other nominations, which represent jury’s and/or consumer’s opinions:

  • The Best Gin 2018: the gin that scored highest amount of points this year.
  • Signature Gin: gin(s) that have a very distinct and prominent scent and taste. Regular scoring is difficult to apply to signature gins, as they have a very unconventional taste. By recognition of signature gins, we tried to mitigate that the standard scoring is not suitable to show all the uniqueness of this product.
  • Discovery 2018: the gin that surprised the jury most, being non-main stream and original.
  • Consumer Choice Top 3: all gins that received an award, were also blind tasted by typical consumers. The top 3 of the consumer choices are receiving this label.
  • Superior Bottle Design: packaging and the bottles has been assessed in a separate session, allowing the maximum score of 35 points. The criteria included assessment of the bottle, label, usability and shelf visibility. Bottles that score 30 points or more, receive this nomination.
  • Public e-Voting Winner: The winner of the Public eVoting is the gin that has received the most support from its fans in an online public voting competition on our website.

The Best Gin 2018

The best gin -  gin, that scored highest amount of points in this edition of ICSEAwards Competition.

Dublin City Gin Company, Ireland - DUBLIN CITY GIN, 42,0%

Discovery 2018

The most surprising discovery of the year.

Finest Beverages GmbH, Germany - HUCKELBERRY GIN, 44,0%

Gold Winners

All gins that scored between 235 and 252 points out of 260. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

4Gents GmbH, Germany - IRVING GIN 44,4%

Lahhentage, Estonia - LAHHENTAGGE ÖSEL DRY GIN , 45,0%

Weingut Destillerie Jürgen Heußler, Germany - HEUßLER GIN , 43,0%

Brennlust Destillerie, Germany - LIMESTONE LONDON DRY GIN GREEN EDITION, 45,0%

Miguel Pons Justo S.A., Menorca, Spain - XORIGUER, 38,0%

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - G+-LONDON DRY GIN, 44,0%

Spectra S.A, Luxembourg - GRUBER'S GIN, 40,1%

Dublin City Gin Company, Ireland - DUBLIN CITY GIN, 42,0%

Viniquer LDA, Portugal - RIBEIRA NOVA, 40,0%

Silver Winners

All gins that scored between 209 and 235 points out of 260. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

AurA proizvodi, Croatia - GIN KARBUN, 39,2%

Loe Experience Formentera S.L., Spain - GIN LOE, 40,0%

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - G+- FLOWER POWER GIN, 44,0%

Maison Ferroni, France - GIN JUILLET, 44,0%

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - G+- TANGERINE GIN, 44,0%

Taunus-Gin GmbH, Germany - TAUNUS GIN DARK FOREST, 47,0%

Karls Erdbeerhof, Germany - ERDBEER GIN, 37,5%

Taunus-Gin GmbH, Germany - TAUNUS GIN HERITAGE, 47,0%

Bronze Winners

All gins that scored between 196 and 208 points out of 260. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - G++- OAK CASK GIN, 50,0%

Finest Beverages GmbH, Germany - HUCKELBERRY GIN, 44,0%

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - ROSE GARDEN DRY GIN, 44,0%

Maison Ferroni, France - GIN KREYOL, 44,0%

J5 Premiumvertriebsagentur, Germany - BERNSTEIN Q GIN, 47,0%

Maennerhobby Brennerei, Germany - FOERSTERS HEIDE GIN, 44%

Signature Gin

Gin that have a very distinct and prominent scent and taste. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

Distillery Krauss GmbH, Austria - ROSE GARDEN DRY GIN, 44,0%

Maison Ferroni, France - GIN KREYOL, 44,0%

Finest Beverages GmbH, Germany - HUCKELBERRY GIN, 44,0%

Taunus-Gin GmbH, Germany - TAUNUS GIN GOLDEN OAK, 47,0%

Karls Erdbeerhof, Germany - ERDBEER GIN, 37,5%

Maennerhobby Brennerei, Germany - FOERSTERS HEIDE GIN, 44,0%

Consumer Choice

All gins that scored enough points for an award, were also blind tasted by typical consumers. Top 3 of the consumer choices are receiving this label. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

Superior Bottle Design

Packaging and the bottles have been assessed in a separate session, allowing the maximum score of 35 points. The criteria included assessment of the bottle, label, usability and shelf visibility. Bottles that score 30 points or more, receive this nomination. Listed from left to right in alphabetical order of the distillery name.

4Gents GmbH, Germany - IRVING GIN 44,4%

Gin Lovers Lda, Portugal - LISBOA GIN, 41,0%

OnFlavours Lda, Portugal - INSEPARABLE GIN, 45,0%

AurA proizvodi, Croatia - GIN KARBUN, 39,2%

Huerta Jalón, Spain - MONTI LONDON DRY GIN, 41,0%

Spectra S.A, Luxembourg - GRUBER'S GIN, 40,1%

Dublin City Gin Company, Ireland - DUBLIN CITY GIN, 42,0%

Maennerhobby Brennerei, Germany - DE GIN, 45,0%

Taunus-Gin GmbH, Germany - TAUNUS GIN DARK FOREST, 47,0%

Finest Beverages GmbH, Germany - HUCKELBERRY GIN, 44,0%

Maennerhobby Brennerei, Germany - FOERSTERS HEIDE GIN, 44,0%

Public eVoting Winner

Public eVoting Winner is the most popular gin amongst ICSEA website visitors, and is not the result of any tastings held during the ICSEA sessions by jury or consumers. In other words, it's the gin with most online fans on ICSEA website.

4Gents GmbH, Germany - IRVING GIN 44,4%