Let the celebrations be-gin.
A flavourful gin made by Queenstown’s Broken Heart Spirits has won best ‘London Dry’ gin at the industry’s premier awards.
Its Queenstown Edition Gin, released two years ago, triumphed at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), which received 4100 entries across all categories from 98 countries.
Along with five other top-scoring gins, each on 98 points, it was rejudged by members of the spirits judging committee before it picked up the overall trophy.
‘‘To have this recognition at the IWSC is an absolute honour for such a small company,’’ Broken Heart owner/master distiller Joerg Henkenhaf says.
The company’s Navy Strength Gin also won a gold medal.
Henkenhaf says their Queenstown Edition Gin is ‘‘a combination of the flavour profile of our Navy Strength Gin with the alcoholic content of our Original Gin, which makes it unique’’.
‘‘This gin is an evolution of who we are, and how gin lovers’ palates have changed.
‘‘It is bolder, more flavourful, and shows how we have moved with the times.’’
Tasting notes for the trophy describe it as having ‘‘a fresh and vibrant nose, citrus-led with generous helpings of juniper’’.
‘‘The citrus continues onto the palate in an elegant style, alongside well-balanced botanicals with excellent harmony of flavours.’’
Henkenhaf produced his first Broken Heart gin in 2012, and has since branched into vodka, whisky, rums and liqueurs, winning many
His Original Gin last year also won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while he’s scooped a world’s best vodka award, too.