The world’s best gin is Hernö Juniper Cask Gin, a product of Hernö Gin Distillery in Northern Sweden, says IWSC.
The International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) is the largest and most prestigious spirits competition in the world with entries from more than 90 countries. In the gin category in received submissions from 150 distillery world wide. The competition has 400 global experts judging the products and each sample is judged according to its class and treated with the same care and consideration.
Hernö Juniper Cask Gin was awarded the most prestigious gin award of them all at this year’s competition, Contemporary Gin Trophy. Hernö Juniper Cask Gin is the first gin ever matured in casks made out of juniper wood. The gin is rested for 30 days before bottled at 47 %. The product was also awarded a Gold Outstanding, as was Hernö Old Tom Gin.
Judges Tasting Notes
The gin is bright engaging and intriguing, fresh juniper and woody notes. Fantastic flavours on the palate with deep woody notes and bright juniper, pine and hints of honey, beeswax of citrus blossom on the finish.
Winning a Trophy and two Gold Outstanding at the annual competition is the highest recognition in the global spirits industry. The IWSC is the oldest and most prestigious competition in the industry, having been established already in 1969.
It all started in 1999 when Jon Hillgren worked as a bartender in London and discovered gin. During the years that followed the discovery evolved into an interest in gin crafting. After about a hundred tasted gins, academic studies and technical visit at distilleries around the world Jon finally founded Hernö Gin Distillery in 2011, Sweden’s first dedicated gin distillery and at the time the worlds northernmost. The distillery is build in the village of Dala just outside the City of Härnösand in Ångermanland, Sweden. All part of the UNESCO world heritage area called The High Coast. The distillery is built in a traditional Swedish manor in wood painted in red and white.
Hernö Gin is available in 15 markets in Europe and in Hong Kong and Singapore.