Winners of Best English London Dry - Hawkridge Distillers

The team here at Hawkridge are thrilled that The Blowing Stone London Dry has been crowned the Best English London Dry Gin after winning gold at the World Gin Awards 2021. We are chuffed with this accolade, especially after being up against so many other competitors!

The Blowing Stone ‘Ashdown Series’ was launched in November 2020, with a London Dry, ‘Wild Strawberry’ and ‘Crabapple & Royal Ginger’ expressions which has been inspired by the rich local heritage surrounding our distillery in the village of Compton, West Berkshire and celebrates the profound impact of this early medieval period on the course of England’s history.

In conceiving and developing the Blowing Stone gins, we have set out to ‘distil history.’ We bring the events of 9th century Wessex to life through both the design of the spirit bottles and through the way in which we have developed the flavour profiles.

The Blowing Stone gins have been lovingly crafted using carefully selected botanicals. Following extensive research of the period, we have selected fruits, herbs and some more unusual ingredients which would have been growing wild or readily available at the time of King Alfred the Great’s reign.

Presented by, and regarded as the world’s no.1 online resource for drinks professionals – the World Gin Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe.

Here’s what the panel had to say about the taste of our gin:

“A great traditional-style gin with a zing of juniper alongside meadow flowers, herbs, citrus peel, cumin and gingery spices. Good and complex. Some woody notes and some warmth, before a complex, rounded finish. “

You can buy a bottle of the country’s best gin (because we can say that now!) by going to our shop, and if you use you the code BESTGIN15 you’ll save yourself 15% on your order!

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