Hinch picks up multiple accolades at international awards
Local distillery Hinch has won the highest accolade for its Ninth Wave gin at the China Wine and Spirit Awards (CWSA), alongside three other distinguished titles for its celebrated range of Irish whiskeys.
The company, which produces Ninth Wave Irish gin as well as its Hinch whiskey range, took away the Gin of the Year medal, marking the distillery’s first ever trophy win. Recognition as a CWSA trophy winner is the highest honour in the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China.
It also received three other CWSA awards for its Irish whiskey range; Double Gold for its Hinch 10 Year Old Sherry Finish Irish whiskey, Gold for its Hinch 5 Year Old Double Wood and Silver for its Hinch Peated Single Malt.
Samples from Hinch Distillery underwent the CWSA Triple Blind Tasting Method. Judges do not receive any information about the country of origin of the wine or spirit or any indication of the brand, and the panel is forbidden from communicating with each other.
The awards follow on from over a dozen other wins for Hinch Distillery in 2020 including gold medals for its Ninth Wave Gin brand at the World Gin Awards, Australian International Sprits Competition and the Canadian Alberta Beverage Awards, where it was awarded the Best Gin award for the whole competition; the first ever non-Canadian gin to achieve this accolade.
The distillery is set to officially open in October, with public tours due to launch in 2021.
“Taking our first ever trophy at CWSA 2020 makes the team very proud and is a highlight for us during what is a very surreal year for the trade,” said Dr Terry Cross OBE, chairman, Hinch Distillery. “To win big during the current climate and at a competition that boasts one of the most stern blind tasting formulas there is, means our products surpass quality tests.
“The Chinese wine and spirits market has grown massively in recent years, and with China’s economy growing on average 7-8% each year, it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
“The awards also demonstrate that our hard work and technical knowledge is recognised at the highest level and with CWSA recognition, customers and trade members can feel assured that they are serving up the best quality gin and whiskies around.”
The wins will help drive forward Hinch’s goal to further expand its already international client base. Distributors have already been signed up in over half the target countries including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Japan, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.