Hinch Distillery Celebrates ‘World’s Most Highly Awarded Gin 2020’ Status

Northern Ireland’s Ninth Wave Irish Gin, produced at the Hinch Distillery in county Down, has become the ‘World’s Most Highly Awarded Gin’.

This is on the basis of the distinctive gin gaining the following awards:

World Gin Awards – Gold Medal
CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) – Double Gold Medal & Gin of the Year
AUISC (Australian International Spirits Competition) – Gold Medal
Alberta Beverage Awards – Gold Medal & Best in Class
ISC – International Spirits Challenge – Silver Medal
IWSC – International Wine & Spirits Competition – Silver Medal

Hinch Distillery, which produces Ninth Wave Gin, is the brainchild of well-known Northern Ireland entrepreneur Dr Terry Cross.

The 30,0000 sq ft Hinch Distillery, located between Belfast and Ballynahinch, will produce the Hinch Irish whiskey and Ninth Wave Irish Gin brands.

The distillery, which is due to officially open in November 2020, will span two floors, housing the whiskey and gin production, bottling line, storage facilities and offices. It will also include a visitor centre which is scheduled to open in 2021.

Ninth Wave, part of a growing production line at the £15 million Hinch Distillery, is a premium product that taps into Celtic heritage. It is the craft work of Belfast-born Head Distiller Aaron Flaherty and his team, who have a wealth of experience working for some of Ireland and the UK’s best-known spirit brands.

The ‘World’s Most Highly Awarded Gin 2020’ status will further raise the profile of Ninth Wave which is already exporting globally.

Mr Flaherty says: Ninth Wave Gin is inspired by our fascination with Irish mythology, the mystical ‘Otherworld’ and its links to the sea which surrounds us. Our Irish gin has a bottle design, in ocean blue glass, incorporating the symbolism of the Celtic Triskellion(triple spiral) which adorns many ancient monuments throughout the island.

We thought a beautiful gin deserved a beautiful bottle!I’d like to congratulate the whole team at Hinch for their contribution in the development of our gin’s award-winning recipe, and of course the industry experts whohave joined us on this journey,’ he adds.

The awards follow on from over a dozen other wins for Hinch Distillery in 2020 including Gold Medals for its Ninth Wave Gin brand at the World Gin Awards.

Mr Cross says: “The wins will help drive forward Hinch’sgoal to further expand its already international client base.”

To date the response to both Hinch Whiskey and Ninth Wave Gin has been phenomenal with distributors having been signed up in over half the target countries including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Japan, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.”