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Local Galway-distilled gin wins big against over 400 gins at the World Gin Awards

By Sarah Finnan

January 17, 2020 at 1:04pm

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Does that qualify as a reason for a cheeky G&T tonight? I think so.

Micil Irish Gin, a local gin made in Connemara, has won big at the World Gin Awards.

Nabbing the silver medal in the ‘contemporary style gin’ category, the luxury gin is handmade by the Micil Family using local flowers and herbs.

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A huge feat – especially considering the family has only been distilling the gin since 2018. It’s also Galway’s only distillery and the first to have opened its doors in over 100 years.

Competing against over 400 other gins, each one was blind tasted at the event by a panel of leading international journalists and industry experts.

Sounds like the dream job, where do we sign up?!

Judging took place at an event in London where judges narrowed the list down to a shortlist of the best gins from 20 countries.

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Speaking of the win founder and director at Micil Distillery, Pádraic Ó Griallais, said:

“It’s a terrific feeling to see our spirit, a reflection of our unique Connemara landscape, sitting comfortably alongside some of the best producers in the world. We are extremely proud to be bringing home this win for everyone in Galway.”

Micil Distillery will now attend the Gin Magazine Awards on February 27th where the overall World’s Best Gin will be announced.

Fingers crossed for an Irish win.

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