A husband and wife team from Udny Green have won two awards in a world-renowned wine and spirit competition for their premium gin.
Nick and Emma Smalley’s ‘The Teasmith Gin’ was awarded a bronze medal in the ‘Gin contemporary styles’ category and a silver medal in the ‘Gin and Tonic’ category at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The awards win comes as the couple plan to increase production levels of the artisan gin, which is distilled in Perthshire’s Strathearn distillery, and expand their distribution and key stockists across the UK.
The Teasmith Gin has also picked up five prizes from the Scottish Design Awards 2017, Scottish Creative Awards 2017 and Graphis 2018 competitions for its design and branding which has been carefully developed by local, internationally acclaimed design studio, FortyTwo Studio.
Following the initial launch of The Teasmith in December 2016, with the first batch of 570 bottles selling out in under a week, co-founder Emma now works fulltime on the product.
The drink uses botanicals intrinsically associated with Aberdeenshire and was Scotland’s first premium gin distilled with hand-picked tea.
Emma said: “There has been a real renaissance in the gin making community, so it’s great to have our product highlighted in such a prestigious competition.
“It’s been a labour of love developing The Teasmith Gin, we spent more than a year learning the art of distilling and went through a meticulous process to select the best ingredients to allow us to perfect our blend, so we’re extremely proud to receive these accolades.”
The couple wanted to create a product which combined their love for the spirit with the heritage of the North-east and through research discovered the nearby Newburgh estuary was once a thriving trading port, with tea being one of its biggest imports.