Cape Clear Island Distillery’s 3 SQ. MILES gin has won yet another prestigious accolade, this time in London, at this year’s International Spirits Competition. In a crowded field of some 340 gins from all over the world, it’s something that the 130 residents of Cape Clear Island, off the west coast of County Cork, can be proud of. The distillery on the island has been producing gin since November of 2019, and recently was awarded Silver at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition.
An award at the London Spirits Competition is regarded in the drinks industry as the ultimate seal of approval. In order to receive this distinction, participants need to score highly in three different categories: Quality, Value and Packaging. In contrast to other spirits competitions, where distilling ability and technical expertise sometimes receive primary consideration at the expense of drinkability,
the goal of the London Spirits Competition is to award and celebrate the spirits that drinkers actually want to buy, whether at a retail store or ordering off the menu at a London restaurant.
“We’re a bit heartbroken to be just five points off Gold, but to take Silver in an event like this is just amazing,” says Seamus O’Driscoll, founder and director of Cape Clear Island Distillery. “It’s an incredible accomplishment, and after all the hard work we’ve put into this product, it’s great to be recognised.”
The judging panel consisted of spirits industry experts with commercial buying responsibility. This ensured that all spirits selected as winners in the competition are exactly the types of spirits that are favored by both the spirits trade and the end consumer. Spirits were judged on the basis of the three primary criteria and then scored on a 100-point scale.
The award-winning 3 SQ. MILES gin can be found at a growing number of retailers and pubs. You can find more information about it on the distillery’s website www.capecleardistillery.com.
The company also offers engraving on bottles of its 3 SQ. MILES gin. These have proven to be excellent gifts for the most special of occasions. Used for wedding and anniversary gifts, Father’s and Mother’s day gifts, and more, the bottles can be engraved with a name and/or message of up to 60 characters and can be delivered to your local off-license for €60. And, for a limited time, you can get an additional (non-engraved) bottle of the award-winning 3 SQ. MILES gin for only €30 when purchased together with the engraved bottle. Visit www.capecleardistillery.com to order.