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Top Scottish gin maker 1881 Distillery toasts awards win at prestigious industry competition 

1881's navy strength gin Honours was crowned a winner in the Gin Guide Awards 2023 (Photo: 1881)

RENOWNED Scottish gin maker 1881 Distillery has been recognised at one of the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremonies, winning two honours at The Gin Guide Awards 2023.

The brand’s navy strength gin, Honours, was crowned a winner in the High ABV category and overall highest scorer for Scotland, while 1881’s Tiffin Gin received a highly commended accolade in the Spiced Gin category. 

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The awards celebrate the very best gins the industry has to offer, with an expert panel of judges examining the appearance, aroma, taste and overall appeal of each tipple from hundreds of entrants globally. 

The winners were announced online earlier this month. 

The 1881 distillery – which is located at Peebles Hydro Resort in the Scottish Borders – is named after the year the iconic venue was founded, with many of its gins drawing inspiration from its rich history, surroundings and culinary excellence.

The hotel served as a military hospital during the second World War, with 1881 Honours Navy Strength Gin paying homage to those injured during the conflict.

Meanwhile Tiffin Gin was expertly crafted in collaboration with Peebles Hydro’s cheffing team, originally as an accompaniment to an Indian concept menu offered at the hotel.

Charlie Leckie, brand manager for 1881 Distillery, said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised in The Gin Guide Awards for yet another year. We pride ourselves on creating exciting, delicious gins which celebrate Peebles Hydro’s rich heritage and the people the hotel has welcomed over the years.

“This could not have been possible without the hard-work and dedication from our fantastic team. The enthusiasm and energy they bring is unmatched, and it’s that edge which I believe gives our gins the true gold standard.” 

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