July 2nd, 2019: Checkers LiquorShop partners with SA Craft Gin Awards 2019.
Checkers LiquorShop is excited to be partnering with the inaugural SA Craft Gin Awards and associate sponsor, premium craft mixer Barker and Quin, to highlight and celebrate our diverse range of world-class gins.
The South African craft gin industry has grown in recent years, and according to Reuters, gin consumption in South Africa grew by 50% in 2018. With local distillers producing award-winning gins, the inaugural SA Craft Gin Awards presented by Checkers Liquorshop have been launched to acknowledge and celebrate the finest craft gins that our country has to offer.
Craft gins from all over South Africa will be judged at the Belmond Mount Nelson on 11 July 2019 by an expert panel of six judges with in-depth knowledge of the drinks, and specifically gin, industry. The winning craft gins will receive Double Gold and Gold awards.
The judging panel includes:
Anna Trapido – experienced food and drinks judge, award-winning author, an accomplished chef and food lecturer.
Tammy Frazer – SA perfumer who cherishes African craftsmanship and unique SA botanicals.
Thierry Lubala – mixologist and gin connoisseur at Sansibar Gin Lounge, Asara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.
Jean Buckham – owner of The Gin Box, a craft gin club showcasing different SA craft gins.
Hanneli van der Merwe – founder of Barker and Quin tonic water and first female to obtain a PHD in oenology (the science of winemaking) from the University of Stellenbosch
Tatiana Marcetteau – experienced wine and spirit judge, internationally qualified sommelier and Food and Beverage Manager at The Cape Grace Hotel
Checkers LiquorShop is excited to be partnering with the inaugural SA Craft Gin Awards and associate sponsor, premium craft mixer Barker and Quin, to highlight and celebrate the diverse range of world-class gins produced in South Africa.
Driven by the quest for authenticity and provenance, local distillers have crafted their own distinctive South African interpretations of this spirit and the explosion of innovation is only just beginning. The phenomenal increase in the popularity of craft gins in South Africa have seen the number of distilleries increasing from a handful to well over 70, producing over 260 gin varieties – making this country home to some of the most exceptional gins in the world.
Unique local ingredients such as Karoo botanicals, buchu, rooibos, kalahari truffles, wild dagga, honey bush and devil’s claw are all making their way into original and exciting expressions of this increasingly popular and versatile drink.
Roger Jorgensen, one of the first people in South Africa to distill gin added, “I welcome this initiative. South Africa is producing world class craft gins, and it’s great to have them recognised with these dedicated awards.”