FIVE LOCAL GINS AWARDED SILVER AT WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETITION.
THREE local gin producers are celebrating after their tipples made an impact at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
More than 600 gins from across the world were entered into the competition and five local gins all managed silver awards.
Blue Bottle Gin got silver awards in the both the gin and gin and tonic classes.
The business was launched in 2014 by Matt Polli, as part of Randalls.
He had just completed his masters degree in brewing and distilling and was interested in coming back to Guernsey.
'I've always been interested in gin and thought this would be a fantastic opportunity.' he said.
The gin has a strong flavour, but that has not deterred fans. During July alone 3,000 bottles have been sold - many of them for export.
About 1,000 have gone to Germany - with the gin being particularly popular at the Munich Airport duty-free shop. The spirit has also proved popular even further afield, with the gin on sale in Kenya, Japan and Uzbekistan.
Matt said the brand had grown much faster than they expected.
'We hit our year-five aims on year two. It was a good problem to have.'
While White Rock Brewery has been brewing beer for five years, the company only launched its Unit 6 gin in February.
Managing director Ross Gledhill said since then the drink had picked up several accolades, including the silver award at the IWSC.
'We've had a phenomenal response to the gin'.
'It's really taken off.'
The brewery uses vacuum distilling, which uses pressure rather than heat to boil spirit. Among the flavours in the gin is bergamot, pink pepper and coriander, as well as local freesias.
All three of Wheadon's Gin's flavours - Yuzu, Lemongrass & Green Tea Gin, Samphire & Pink Grapefruit Gin and Mandarin, Lime & Hibiscus Gin - also walked away with silver awards.
The business was set up in 2014 by chef and hotelier Luke Wheadon at the Belle Luce Hotel. All the brewing and bottling is done on site in St Martin's.
'I love flavours,' he said.
'It [coming up with the flavours] is like cooking. I make gin I like the taste of. I usually start with the fruit and build it up from there.'
The Bella Luce can now boast as being the only hotel in the British Isles with a commercial gin distillery.
Luke said all three local business were supportive of each other and doing well at the competitors was good for Guernsey's image.