Southwold: Seven medals for Adnams in International Wine and Sprit Competition

SPIRITS produced at Adnams’ Copperhouse Distillery in Southwold have won seven medals in a top international drinks competition.

Adnams First Rate Gin was the company’s star performer in the International Wine and Spirit Competition, receiving a “Silver Outstanding” award.

The company’s Sloe Gin, Southwold Winter Spiced Liqueur and Copperhouse Gin each won Silver medals while Bronze awards went to its North Cove Oak-Aged Vodka, The Spirit of Broadside and Copperhouse Barley Vodka.

Emma Hibbert, head of corporate affairs at Adnams, said: “We’re delighted our spirits have received awards from the 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition. The competition is highly regarded across the world for its rigorous judging as well as its detailed technical analysis process.”

Another multiple winner in the contest was the English Whisky Company, based at the St George’s Distillery in Roudham, Norfolk, which carried off four medals.

The company received Silver Outstanding awards for both its Single Malt Whisky Chapter 11 and its Single Malt Whisky Chapter 11 Cask Strength, plus Silver for its Classic Single Malt and its Single Malt Whisky Chapter Six.

Owner Andrew Nelstrop said: “We’ve always grown superb barley; in fact East Anglian barley provides 60% of the malt for Scottish whisky. That and the very cold, clean water we use from the Breckland aquifier also helped our success.”

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The English Whisky Company’s range of whiskies are presented as “chapters”of different ages and finishes, and in peated and unpeated variants.

Judges praised the winning English Single Malt Whisky Chapter 11’s: “Hints of cocoa and coffee and delicate wisp of peat. Some firm peaty characters with good oak support. All in very youthful mode. Bodes well for the future.”

Scottish whisky continued to dominate the competition, now in its 43rd year, accounting for 333 of the 466 medals. The Japanese spirits Sake and Shochu also had a strong showing with four gold medals compared with one last year.

English wines received a total of 33 medals, including Golds for Nyetimber’s 2003 Blanc de Blancs and Bolney Wine Estate’s Blanc de Blancs 2007, both from West Sussex.

Joanna Hoadley, acting sales and marketing controller for the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC), said: “The IWSC has seen a record number of spirit entries this year, and the range of products entered once again has been phenomenal.”

The awards will be presented at the Guildhall in the City of London in November.