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Drumshanbo Gunpowder wins Best Gin ‘Oscar’ in 2019 New York Spirit Awards 

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin has been voted Best Gin at the prestigious 2019 Flaviar Spirit Awards in New York. Flaviar is one of the world’s most competitive drinks contests, which awards ‘Best Spirit’ gongs to only 5 of the 22,000 eligible premium spirits brands each year.

The significance of the award for the Irish Gin brand is not merely honorary – the Flaviar awards are considered early predictors of which spirits brands are set to trend globally.

Flaviar is the world’s leading online spirits enthusiasts club & the winning brands are selected from over 90,000 ratings submitted from thousands of dedicated premium spirits consumers from the USA, Europe & across the world. This is the first time in the history of the Flaviar awards that an Irish Gin brand has won a ‘Best Spirit Award’ & claimed the Best Gin title.

Flaviar co-founder Jugoslav Petkovic says The Flaviar Awards is tipping this Irish gin as one to watch. Once you taste Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin you can absolutely see why – It’s a real explosion of flavour in a bottle. Our members are raving about it”

It’s welcome news for Leitrim & the Drumshanbo team at The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, where Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals & Gunpowder Tea.

Following the incredible support for the brand at home & the exceptional international response – there are now 30 people in full-time employment at the Leitrim Distillery, most of whom were previously long-term unemployed.

This Sunday The Shed Distillery heads to Prowein International Drinks Fair in Düsseldorf where as well as marking the third anniversary of the launch of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin to the International market. For more information on Drumshambo please log on here.

The complete list of the 2019 winners are:


Gin: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Rum: El Dorado 15 Year Old

Bourbon: Four Roses Single Barrel

Irish Whiskey: Redbreast Lustau Edition

Japanese Whisky: Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

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