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Ginologist Spice has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Premium Gin category at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) 2019. Such an accolade from the ISC is regarded to be the most respected and sought after in the drinks industry, due to the stringent nature of the judging process.

Ginologist Spice passed a scrupulous blind tasting by a world renowned expertpanel of specialist judges to beat strong competition to win the prestigious accolade of a Silver Medal. The quality of Ginologist Spice’s craftsmanship and liquid is reflected in this superb result.

Ginologist Spice gin is a bespoke medley of Pepper, Cassia Bark, Grains of Paradise, Cardamom and a number of other botanicals crafted to deliver a distinctive but smooth Premium Gin to delight gin lovers everywhere. This was evidenced by the ISC which from hundreds of international entries awarded Ginologist Spice one of nine, Silver Medals, and the highest award by a South African Gin. There were no gold medals in this category.

Awards Organiser Justin Smith said: “This ISC grows every year, with producers entering a diverse mix of spirits from across the globe who are looking to benchmark their spirit at the very highest level”.

Craft Link MD Albert Van Wyk said: “We think that competing at the very highest international level is part of our nature and an exemplary way to highlight our quality and taste against the best the world has to offer and the ISC is the biggest spirit focused competition world-wide. We are therefore proud to have been awarded a medal from this prestigious and hard fought competition.”

Now in its 24th year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process, which serves to encourage the high calibre of spiritsand designs entered into the competition each year. Receiving more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide, the ISC is a truly global competition. It is supported by many of the world's leading spirits producers as the international standard for quality and excellence.

For the Tasting Awards, a highly controlled operation is held over fifteen days of intense blind tastings by panels of more than 50 respected and experienced industry professionals. Samples are delivered to the judging area in flights of numbered tasting glasses to ensure the accuracy of the blind tasting. Each judge assesses products according to their age, region and variety which is then determined by the entrant and verified by the chairman.

Such a precise judging process has provided the basis of the strong reputation the ISC has established for rewarding quality and celebrating excellence.

Full results have been released and published on the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) website, with the full list of medal winners to be published in the ISC annual results magazinein August.

On 10th July, the world's leading drinks producers and design specialists will gathered at The Plaisterers Hall, London for the annual ISC Awards Dinner.   Paying tribute to some of the finest spirits, and packaging designs in the world, results for categories are announced with the evening highlights, which include the acclaimed Trophies, Producer of the year, Distiller of the Year, Supreme Champion Spirit and Special Recognition awards.

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About the Awards

Winning an ISC award is indeed an impressive achievement for any spirit that passes the scrupulous blind assessment from our expert panel of specialist judges.

The International Spirits Challenge is the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world. The ISC recognises key areas of the industry: Tasting and Design & Packaging.

For further information about the awards, please contact the International Spirits Challenge team at


Results to be announced on Monday 1st April for the following categories:

Gin &Genever
Liqueurs &Specialities

Results to be announced on Monday 3rd June for the following categories:

Scotch Whisky
World Whiskey

Results to be announced on Monday 1st Julyfor the following categories:

White Spirits, Soju, Shochu, Baiju
Tequila & Mezcal

Rum, Cachaça

Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados, Pisco, Grappa

Results to be announced on Thursday 11th July for the following categories

Pre-mixed Drinks

Design & Packaging

Trophies & Special Awards