Johannesburg, xx September 2018: The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards in partnership with Makro and Fitch & Leedes is proud to celebrate the creators and retailers of locally and internationally crafted gins and variants, with the top 4 local, and top 4 international finalists having been announced. Blind-tasting opportunities around the country will allowing South Africans to taste and vote for their favourites.
The 8 finalists were decided from 74 local and international entries, by a panel including South Africa comedian Lihle Msimang, performer Thami Shobede, sommelier Higgo Jacobs, founder of The Gin Box Jean Buckham, and Aspasia Karras, magazine supplement publisher at Tiso Blackstar Group.
Finalists in the Local Gin category are:
- Ginologist Floral Gin (Craft Link Distillery)
- Monks Mary Jane (MONKS Distillery (Pty) Ltd)
- Orient (Pienaar & Son Distilling Co.
- Westcliff Copper Distilled (Angel Heart Distillery)