Kinrara Distillery announced as Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards finalist on their 1st Birthday

6 months AGOIain Fenwick News & Events

Aviemore based Kinrara is celebrating after being named as a finalist for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019.

Kinrara Distillery was named as a finalist in the Artisan Product category for its Artists Edition Gins on the same day they celebrated their 1st Birthday! It has been quite a year for Kinrara, having earlier in the year having their Highland Dry Gin voted 7th in the ‘Scottish Gin Society’s Consumer Choice Survey.’

Now in its 20th year, the Excellence Awards is restructured for 2019 and focusses on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market in line with the overarching Ambition 2030 strategy to double the value of the industry.

Winners from all 19 categories will be announced in front of 800 guests at the prestigious awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 23 May 2019 at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

Stuart McMillan, Managing Director said:

“It’s a little overwhelming to be honest. Our first year has been incredible. I speak for the whole of Team Kinrara when I say we are humbled to receive this kind of recognition. The Scotland Food & Drink Awards are for us the Oscars of the industry, so to be nominated in our first year is fantastic. We thank the committee, our partners and especially our customers. We owe everything to them and hope we can continue to work hard and provide even more Gins for everyone to enjoy.

To celebrate our 1st Birthday we will be launching a 100% ‘Estate Gin’ in the near future. This Gin will be made from botanicals all sourced from the Kinrara Estate, so watch this space!”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Every year the Excellence Awards attracts an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel. 

“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony and dinner are available from Scotland Food & Drink priced at £125+VAT for Scotland Food & Drink members or £250+VAT for non-members. Finalists are offered tickets at the discounted rate of £95+VAT. Tickets can be purchased from Scotland Food & Drink here.

Organised by Scotland Food & Drink and in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda.

For the full line-up of finalists, please visit:



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