Quintessential Brands Group was one of the big winners at this year’s International Spirits Challenge (ISC) awards ceremony, walking away with the prestigious Gin Distiller of The Year Trophy.

With the gin phenomenon around the world showing no sign of abating, Quintessential Brands Group’s position as the forerunner of the gin category, driving its continued success worldwide, was recognised by the ISC as the Gin Distiller of the Year Trophy was presented to co-founders, Warren Scott and Enzo Visone, joined by Liquid Development Manager at G&J Distillers, Dermot Hegarty. It is the third time Quintessential Brands has been awarded the Gin Distiller of the Year title by the ISC, following wins in 2015 and 2016.

Many of the gin brands within the company’s branded portfolio, which includes Greenall’s, the Original Handcrafted Gin, Opihr Gin, BLOOM Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin and Berkeley Square Gin, were also recognised for their quality by the ISC, with gold medals for BLOOM & Fentimans Rose Lemonade RTS and the recently-launched Opihr Gin & Tonic.

Speaking at the awards dinner last week, Warren Scott, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Quintessential Brands Group, stated: “Seven years ago, we set out to create an independent, international spirits business, respected for both its enviable portfolio of premium brands and our world-class manufacturing capabilities. To have been awarded Gin Distiller of the Year by a respected industry body like the ISC three times since then, and for our commercial products to now be winning trophies and recognised as best-in-class in their categories, is a real honour and is a source of great pride for us.”

“These awards are testament to the dedication and hard work of so many within our business but particularly to the team at G&J Distillers who work tirelessly to produce spirits of outstanding quality for consumers to enjoy worldwide. As such, I was delighted that Dermot Hegarty, our Liquid Development Manager at G&J Distillers, travelled down to join us to celebrate this fantastic achievement and I’m looking forward to continuing the celebrations with the whole G&J team in Warrington this week.”

Christian Davis, editor of Drinks International, comments; “Quintessential Brands’ rise over the last seven years has been impressive to watch. In a category that has become as crowded as gin has, winning Gin Distiller of the Year is a fantastic achievement, but with their gins showing such great consistency, they are very deserving winners. It’s fair to say Quintessential Brands is one of the most exciting drinks companies to emerge out of the last decade and they’re definitely one to watch in the years ahead.”

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Quintessential Brands is an award-winning international spirits company, dedicated to distilling and crafting the world’s best alcohol brands for consumers and customers globally. Pioneering spirits of the industry, inspired since 1761 by their founder, Thomas Dakin, Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of award-winning, best-selling spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship.

Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and entrepreneur, Warren Scott, Quintessential Brands Group owns world-class manufacturing facilities across Europe, including G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest continuous gin distillers, in Cheshire, UK; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; Irish Cream artisan producers, First Ireland Spirits; and the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which is scheduled to open in early 2019. Renowned for its white spirits expertise at G&J Distillers, Quintessential Brands has won International Spirit Challenge Gin Producer of the Year three times and is fast winning a reputation as one of the most exciting new Irish whiskey producers to emerge on the scene.

Quintessential Brands’ award-winning premium brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original Handcrafted Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Gin. Its Irish brands include The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey, The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Liqueurs in the portfolio include Alizé and Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur. The company is also a leader in contract bottling and own label & private label spirits, working with retail partners across the world to provide spirits solutions of unrivalled quality.

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