New York! New York!
Written by The West Winds on 12th November 2015
The West Winds Gin takes one helluva bit out of the big Apple in winning Gold at New York!
Home of The Ramones and The Statue of Liberty, setting for some of the world's great movies - think Taxi Driver, Donnie Brasco, Brewsters Millions, Ghostbusters and who could forget Tom Cruise in Cocktail, New York has always been a leader of the world's great creative forces – food, drink, art, science...you name it.
And so it is with great excitement that we can tell you that our brutish, navy strength offering, The Broadside, has won Gold at the 2015 New York International Spirits Competition this week.
Further, we have been named as Australia's Gin Distillery of the Year.
How do you like them apples?!!
Up against an armada that would strike fear into the hearts of many a brave seaman, our spicy, seawater driven number, weighing in at 58%, took on all and sundry in a vulgar display of power and shower.
Our Navy Strength Gin was named after the most brazen and aggressive of tactics in naval history. The broadside was a final roll of the dice where a warship would release a close range barrage of firepower from every gun along one side of the hull.
A bit like dropping your last $50 on a trip down to Atlantic City, we are not firing blanks here and nor should you.
This gong adds to an impressive list of accolades for one of the countries most awarded, and arrested, gin producers and sits alongside TWO Double Gold awards from the San Francisco International Spirits Competition and Golds in London and New York last year.
Add that to our domestic bounty and you can see that the new world continues to rise as a source of some of the world's great Gins. What's next for this fleet of miscreants and scoundrels? James Clarke, Flag Furler, Deck Scrubber and Strategist for the West Winds says....
“This is another huge vote of confidence in the West Winds, and affirmation that we must be doing at least a few things right – kudos to Jason and Paul for their work in the distillery and Jez for creating havoc in the marketplace. And we really couldn't have wished for better timing as this award has come just as we are preparing the landing party for our Ginvasion of the US which is due in early 2016. That, along with the looming onslaught that is Christmas, should keep the guys well and truly on the straight and narrow. Time to set sail!”
About The New York International Spirits Competition: This is a unique competition in that it is the first major international spirits competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of: buyers from top retail stores, restaurant owners, cocktail bars, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers. See the 2015 winners at https://nyispiritscompetition.com/