February 16, 2020

York Gin wins top honour at World Gin Awards

York Gin Old Tom beat fierce competition from major names like 150-year-old Hayman’s of London to win the Best English Old Tom title at the World Gin Awards this week.

The gin is a collaboration with the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome and its owner Andrew Pern and has already won Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirit Competition and Gold at the Spirits Business Gin Masters – both in the summer of 2019. 

York Gin co-directors Harry Cooke and Pete McNichol attended the awards in the capital at the Glaziers Hall next to London Bridge on Wednesday 15th January. 

Harry said: ‘We knew we’d made a special gin – but you never really know how good it is until you have independent experts judging it. This result confirms we’ve made something York and Yorkshire can be proud of.”

York Gin directors Harry Cooke & Pete McNichol at the World Gin Awards

Pete added: “From the very start of the York GinCompany, we’ve been obsessed with finding the best possible ingredients from all over the world. With our Old Tom, we’ve been fortunate enough to have the chefs at the amazing Star Inn, Harome using incredible ingredients from their own kitchen garden and the nearby hedgerows in North Yorkshire. We’re so proud of this gin – and so chuffed it’s a real taste of Yorkshire too.’

During the awards, Harry and Pete joined the judging panels for other categories at the World Gin Awards, including Compound gin and Contemporary gin.

The final result for England Old Tom Gins was:

Best: York Gin Old Tom 

Gold: Hortus Old Tom

Silver: Hayman’s Old Tom

Bronze: Whitby Distillery Old Tom

York Gin Old Tom now goes forward to the overall World’s Best Gins competition. The winners will be announced on 27 February at the Gin Magazine Dinner held at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.