We’re delighted to announce that Quintessential Brands has been awarded the Grand Travel Retail Master Trophy in this year’s Travel Retail Masters 2018!

The trophy was awarded to Quintessential Brands in recognition of the impressive performance of the company’s brands over the last year in Global Travel Retail, one of the most dynamic and competitive markets in the drinks industry today.

Amy Hopkins, chairperson of the awards’ judging panel and editor of The Spirits Business, commented, “Quintessential Brands stormed to success in The Travel Retail Masters 2018, winning copious medals across the vodka, gin, Irish whiskey and liqueurs categories. The group impressed the panel of expert judges throughout the blind-tasting, and by accruing the highest number of points, secured the title of Grand Travel Retail Master 2018.

The group’s gin offering was particularly strong and was praised for its bold flavours and beautiful balance. Its Irish whiskey stable, meanwhile, showcased excellence in production through a wealth of complex taste profiles.

Congratulations to the team at Quintessential Brands on their success – which is testament to the quality and innovation in spirits across the travel retail channel.”

There was further success for Quintessential Brands in the competition with a Travel Retail Master medal awarded to Opihr Spiced Gin, created by renowned Master Distiller, Joanne Moore for Quintessential Brands at G&J Distillers, the world’s foremost gin distillery. The Dubliner 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey, which will soon be produced at the new Dublin Liberties Distillery opening in Dublin later this year, was also awarded the Travel Retail Master medal.

Gold medals were awarded to:

The Dubliner Irish Whiskey                        

The Dubliner Master Distiller’s Reserve Irish Whiskey

The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey Irish Whiskey

The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey

The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil Irish Whiskey

Greenall’s Blood Orange, Fig & Ginger Gin Liqueur

Berkeley Square London Dry Gin

Opihr Adventurer’s Edition Gin


Organised by international publishers, Union Press, The Travel Retail Masters results were revealed at the annual Vodka and Travel Retail Masters Awards Party at the Tax-Free World Association (TFWA) Exhibition in Cannes Monday 1st October.

Speaking of the company’s recent awards success, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Quintessential Brands Group, Enzo Visone, commented; “Seven years after we began the Quintessential Brands journey, it is a source of immense pride for me and for everyone at our growing company to be recognised by our peers in the industry with accolades such as this Grand Travel Master Trophy, and the ISC Gin Distiller of the Year trophy, which we were awarded for the third time in our short history this year.

We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last seven years and the great strides we’ve made in GTR in the last year in particular are testament to the talent and hard work of our team in the channel and the production team at G&J Distillers, who work tirelessly to ensure we achieve the consistent outstanding quality consumers expect from our brands. We’re still only at the start of our journey however and we have much more we want to achieve alongside our customers – the sky’s the limit in Travel Retail after all!”



For more information, please contact the communications team at Quintessential Brands by e-mail: [email protected]


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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