Papaiti Gin Wins Silver Medals at the 2023 London Spirits Competition

Papaiti Gin Wins Silver Medals at the 2023 London Spirits Competition

Whanganui, New Zealand, 13 April 2023  Papaiti Gin wins two Silver medals at the 6th London Spirits Competition, which took place in London on March 22, 23 and 24, 2023. The medals are an ultimate endorsement in the global spirits industry. Papaiti Gin’s Orchard and Whanganui Dry gins both scored highly in the three judging aspects of quality, value and packaging.

The London Spirits Competition stands apart from other spirits competitions by awarding spirits for their drinkability. Where other competitions focus solely on technical competence and distilling prowess, the London Spirits Competitions goes further to evaluate a spirit for its all-around excellence - in the way it tastes, looks and the value it provides. They believe that this golden triangle makes spirit drinkers more likely to buy and drink the spirit either from a retail store or at a bar or restaurant and want to laud this.

CEO Sid Patel of event organiser Beverage Trade Network mentions that “Spirits brand consumers are looking for a comprehensive experience when drinking a spirit. The spirit needs to hit all the right notes to be enjoyed again and again. So, at the London Spirits Competition, we evaluate spirits that contribute to a spirit’s overall drinkability. Along with the quality, spirits are also assessed for their appearance and value.”

Papaiti Gin's Whanganui Dry wins silver at LSC 2023

The judging panel of 2023 was drawn from the leading spirits industry professionals with direct commercial buying responsibility. This establishes the winners at the competition to be agreeable to the on-premise trade and consumer alike. Spirits were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale. Spirits that scored 90+ points were awarded Gold medals, those that scored 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals, whilst Bronze medals were awarded to spirits that score between 65 to 75 points.

“The extremely qualified judges, the chance to compete with thousands of excellent spirits from around the world and the stringent judging criteria of quality, value and packaging makes an award from the London Spirits Competition a coveted one. We are over the moon that both of the Papaiti Gin expressions we submitted performed so well at the competition.” said Adrian Rumney. “These Silver medals are a fantastic reflection of the hard work that myself and my partner Nikki have put into our small and still very new distillery, alongside our passion for making high quality gin that is enjoyable to drink.” 

Papaiti Gin's Orchard gin wins silver at LSC 2023

About Papaiti Gin

Papaiti Gin is the answer to founders, Adrian Rumney and Nikki Oesterle’s question of what do with all of the pears from their small Papaiti orchard on the banks the Whanganui River. The distillery, located in Upokongaro, opened in October 2022 and is Whanganui’s first craft gin distillery. It has since grown to include a cellar door that is open to visitors on weekends (10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday) for free tastings and tours.

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About the London Spirits Competition 

 The London Spirits Competition is one of the leading international spirits competitions of its kind that rates spirits by their quality, value and packaging. The organisers of the event are Beverage Trade Network, organising beverage industry events around the world. The competition happens annual in London every year. For more information, please see:


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