Newcastle has once again hit the world stage, taking home gold in the World Gin Awards last week.
In its inaugural global awards competition Earp Distilling Co won four medals, less than 12 months after opening its doors to the public.
The annual global competition included entries from several countries including Belgium, Scotland, Canada, Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
More than 150 judges awarded entries in eleven different categories including London dry gin, navy gin, flavoured gin, compound gin and classic gin.
The juniper berry-based alcoholic beverage was then judged on both its design and taste.
Earp Distilling Co marketing manager Josh Earp said the Carrington-based, family-owned business was thrilled to be recognised in a global capacity.
“This is the first time we’ve entered the World Gin Awards,” he said.
“To our surprise and delight we were awarded with four medals -that’s pretty amazing.”
The accolade, Josh says, is “equal to only one other Australian distillery”.
Josh said the team learned of their win via a live stream from London.
“Alarms were set for the 3am online live stream,” he said.
“Newcastle’s own distillery is now winning gold on the world stage, and we couldn’t be prouder.”
Earp Distillery won a gold medal for its Just Juniper label which the judges said was “predominantly citrus-forward on the palate with some ginger to follow…well-balanced and harmonious”.
The group’s No.8 Dry Gin won a silver medal with judges complimenting its “interesting confectionery flavours, like cherry and mint chewing gum”.
Winning a silver medal in the matured gin category, Earp Distilling’s Barrel Aged Portside Gin was described by judges as having “some strong wood, and a kick, [with] some fruit sweetness on the finish”.
In the navy strength gin category the team won bronze for its Portside Gin with judges noting: “On the nose there is a nice freshness, with a touch of lemon sherbet citrus and juniper. The sherbet notes are right up front on the palate, aided by an alcohol heat tingle, with some lemon myrtle as a herbal element”.