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The Gin Masters 2021 results (first tasting)

If anyone thinks the popularity of gin is waning, think again. This year’s edition of The Gin Masters saw an ocean of gin entered into the competition – with more to come later in the year.

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The first part of The Gin Masters 2021 welcomed almost 500 entries

Take a look at the most recent gin data from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), and consumers’ thirst for the category can be neatly summarised as utterly unquenchable. While the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on gin sales in the on-trade, the juniper spirit’s profile has gone from strength to strength in the off-trade.

Retailers in the UK experienced a 30% spike in gin sales in the 12 months to 27 March 2021, as the category reached £1.3 billion (US$1.8bn) – equal to 80 million bottles. Flavoured gin has been a burgeoning subcategory in recent years – and there was no slowing down for the sector during the same period. Sales of flavoured gin soared by 37%, meaning around 30m bottles were snapped up over the year. Flavoured gin now accounts for approximately 40% of the total gin market by both volume and value, according to the WSTA, and its market share is only expected to go in one direction: up.

The ‘go-to’ spirit

When the data was released last month, Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, said: “Our latest gin numbers underline that reports of gin’s demise as the ‘go-to’ spirit are wrong. Despite the on-trade representing many of our great British distillers’ ‘shop window’, and a great place for Brits to try new and exciting tipples, hospitality’s closure hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm to enjoy the vast array of gins now on the market.

“Sales of gin have never been this high in our shops and supermarkets before – but this is encouraging news for our reawakening hospitality industry, too – some of these sales are certain to shift over to pubs, bars and restaurants.”

If the magnitude of the gin category were ever in doubt, The Gin Masters 2021 blind tasting will definitely put any uncertainty to rest. The tasting marked the biggest competition in The Global Spirits Masters series to date – and the second part of The Gin Masters will be held in October, inspired by the sheer volume of new products still coming to market.

The Gin Masters 2021 also marked a return to in-person tastings as Covid-19 restrictions were eased in England. The contest was held over two days in a physically distanced format at the Ibis Hotel in London Bridge, with the bottles packed by Wine Sorted to guarantee anonymity to all entrants. This year’s tasting was sponsored by Bevica.

On day one of the tasting, the panels comprised Chris Tanner, bar manager at Milroy’s, Peter Downes, distillery partnerships specialist at Craft Gin Club, and Nicola Carruthers, deputy editor of The Spirits Business magazine, who chaired the panel.

Forming the second panel were Ben Lindsay, global spirits and on-premise consultant, and Ivan Dixon, independent spirits consultant, who chaired the team.

The third and final panel included David T Smith, spirits writer, consultant and co-founder of the Craft Distilling Expo, who joined me, Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business and chair, over Zoom.

The second day of the tasting welcomed a new judge to the mix, Julian de Feral, international bar consultant and writer, who judged part of the day with Tanner and Lindsay, before joining me later in the day.

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Gin continues to grow in popularity

Tanner, Downes and Carruthers started day one with a flight of Standard gins, priced up to £15. “Well balanced, lasting” Gin Bloomberry got the competition off to a solid start with a Gold medal. Four Silver medals were also awarded in this flight.

Smith and I tackled the Premium gins, priced from £16-£20, and found two Master medallists. The first was awarded to Maison Ferrand’s Citadelle Gin Jardin d’Été. The gin was said to deliver “superb bright citrus”, and was found to be “well balanced and complex – so mixable”.

Penderyn Distillery’s Brecon Special Reserve Gin also collected a Master medal for its “bright, lovely citrus notes, good mouthfeel and complexity with nice juniper”.

Eight Gold medals were also awarded in this flight. Aldi’s Eidyn Botanical Gin was deemed to be up to the Gold standard, as was Gibson’s Exception from La Martiniquaise-Bardinet and Hrafn Gin Valkyrie from Raven Spirits. A pair of Silvers completed the flight.

“There was a good standard of gins here, quite classic everyday kind of gins that are affordable, but some that also go above and beyond,” noted Smith. “It offers a nice, high-end gin experience at that lower end of the price bracket. Great stuff.”

Meanwhile, Lindsay and Dixon tackled a large portion of the Super Premium flight, featuring gins priced between £21 and £35. Carruthers and her team of judges tasted the other portion. The enormous round produced 20 Gold medals and 27 Silver medals.

Among the Gold medallists were: Bathtub Gin, Whitley Neill Connoisseur’s Cut London Dry Gin, Hernö Gin, Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, and Hendrick’s Lunar Gin. The Silver medallists included: Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin, Glendalough Rose Gin, Tobermory Hebridean Mountain Gin, and Bedrock Gin.

Tanner said: “It was a step up from the previous flight – it was pretty solid. [Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin] stood out for me; really tasty.”

The Ultra Premium flight, consisting of gins costing more than £36, produced an impressive five Master medallists.

Beg Boutique Distillery won a Master for its Beg New World Navy Gin, with its “great balance and complexity” and “touch of spice”. G&H Spirits also secured a Master for its LDN Initial Gin, which had “good juniper on the nose” and “some crisp, herbal notes”.

Hernö Gin Distillery went home with two Master medals – one for Hernö Gin, with its “bright floral notes, citrus, coriander and a little waxiness”, and a second for Hernö Juniper Cask Gin, with “fresh pine, zesty citrus” and a “long finish”.

Completing the Master haul was Byron’s Gin Bird Cherry by the Speyside Distillers Company, said to have a “slight tartness mid-palate” and described as a “solid gin” overall.

The Ultra Premium heat also produced 17 Gold medals. Winning products included: “well balanced” Amass Dry Gin; Hernö Pink Btl Gin, with “lots of well-integrated citrus”; Canaïma Gin, with its “lovely Sherry nose”; and “earthy but cleanly distilled” Byron’s Gin Melancholy Thistle.

Eleven Silver medals completed the flight. “To really shine at this high price point, you’ve got to offer something a bit special. That might be botanicals and flavour combinations, but flawless distillation is a given to start with,” said Smith. “Some of the gins here today absolutely did that – the ones that won Masters for sure. It’s a tough part of the competition – people are up for buying expensive gin, but they need and want value for money at the same time, and they want something special when it’s £36-plus.”

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The biggest flight of the competition was London Dry

London Dry was the biggest flight of the day by quite some margin – and it was encouraging to see standards high across this classic gin style. Five standout London Dry expressions took home the highest accolade. Isle of Harris Gin gained a Master medal, with “sweet, almost Sherry-like notes” and “good depth of flavour and complexity”.

“Aromatic, earthy” Bareksten Botanical Gin from Norway also secured the top award, celebrated for its “delicious complexity”.

Cotton Gin was deemed Master-worthy for its “lime and grapefruit, citrusy” nose, with “hints of cacao nibs” on the finish.

Also taking home a Master in this flight was Hrafn Gin Valkyrie, with hints of “lemon drizzle cake and nuttiness”.

Completing the Master run in this heat was Warner’s London Dry Gin, with “lovely citrus and pine” notes. “Very well made with excellent integration of flavours and alcohol,” noted Smith. “Over the past few years we’ve seen an increase in the quality of London dry gins – not just the occasional one,” he added. “We’ve seen a general increase in quality and in the technical proficiency from distillers entering the category as well, which is brilliant. It’s great for them, great for us, and great for the industry as whole.”

London Dry also produced the largest number of Gold medals ever seen in a Global Spirits Masters flight – 45 – backing up Smith’s positive stance on the segment.

Among the vast number of Gold medallists were “fresh, zesty” No.3 London Dry Gin, with “punchy juniper” on the palate, and Whitley Neill London Dry Gin.

Never Never Triple Juniper Gin also received a Gold medal for having “some slight lemon, myrtle, leafy herbal notes”, along with Hernö Gin Distillery, which picked up two Gold medals: one for “superbly made’ Hernö Gin and a second for Hernö Gin 47.

“Herbal, slightly vegetal” Ha’Penny Dry Gin was also found to be worthy of a Gold award, as was fellow Gold medallist OP Anderson Distillery Organic Dry Gin, described as “clean and spicy, with a gentle sweetness”.

Tanner noted: “This flight really impressed me. It was so consistent, with really solid entries. I look at those juniper-forward gins, and that’s what I’d expect from these gins – and that’s what I got.”

The London Dry flight concluded with a staggering 51 Silver medals. Budget supermarket Aldi collected two Silvers for its Greyson’s London Dry Gin and Haysmith’s London Dry.

Beefeater collected three Silver awards for Beefeater London Dry, Beefeater 24 and Beefeater Crown Jewel.

Gordon & MacPhail also secured two Silvers for Red Door Gin and Red Door Gin with Summer Botanicals.

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Contemporary gin styles are on the rise

In the following flight – Contemporary – three Master medallists made their presence known. Australia’s Four Pillars Distillery bagged two Masters, the first of which went to Four Pillars Modern Australian Gin. The gin was described as a “unique, standout” expression, with its “spicy, earthy nose”.

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin also won a Master, hailed for having “layers”. “Subtle lifts of tangerine and orange hidden in the background elevate this,” noted Downes.

Steam Gin from Small Distillery also won a Master in the Contemporary round, enjoyed for “allspice on the nose” and “hints of acidity”.

“Contemporary is quite exciting,” said Downes. “These gins were a bit hit and miss at times, though. Some lost the fun you want from contemporary – the ones that did well had layers to them, not just one note. You want a whole range of flavours from gins in this category.”

In addition to the Masters, 28 Gold medals were found in this heat. These included a quadruple Gold streak for Zamora Company: “classic, juniper, cucumber” Martin Miller’s Original Gin; “herbaceous” Martin Miller’s Summerful Gin; Martin Miller’s Winterful Gin, which had some “warming spice notes”; and Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin, with “citrus zest and great alcohol integration”.

A total of 25 Silver medals were also awarded in this flight. These included Kavalan Gin, Manchester Gin – Mother of Pearl, Wolf Lane Distillery Tropical Gin and Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Gin.

The Gin Masters raised the ABV as the judges tackled a flight of Navy Strength expressions. Another three Master medallists were discovered. Aura Gin Navy Strength took the top award, with its “biscuit, buttery nose, with lots of cardamom and toasted notes, gentle lavender and a citrus finish”.

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin was also found to be worthy of a Master title, enjoyed for evoking memories of “green Skittles” on the nose and its “nice citrus flavour on the palate, with bold, punchy juniper – delicious”.

Kingdom’s Ginger Spiced Gin also received a Master medal, with hints of “lavender” and “warming juniper” on the palate.

Tanner said: “This round was as good as I expected it to be. In gin there are so many flavours working together in the same product, the higher ABV just pushes those flavours to be exceptional.”

De Feral agreed, and added: “Navy strength is historically the bartenders’ choice, but when you do the maths, most home consumers can mix navy strength gin at home and will get a lot more out of that bottle.”

Eight Gold medals were also awarded in this heat. Never Never Distilling increased its medal haul with a Gold award for its “big piney, flavoursome” Juniper Freak Gin.

Plymouth Gin Navy Strength also impressed the judges with its Gold-standard spirit, found to have a “touch of coriander, lashings of citrus and a long finish”.

Nine Silver medals rounded off the flight, with medallists including Dunnet Bay Distillery’s Navy Strength Rock Rose and Ladoga Group’s Barrister Navy Strength Gin.

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The Gin Masters 2021 will host a second instalment in October

The Microdistillery round also brought a flurry of Master medallists – three of which were scooped up by Hernö Gin Distillery. The Swedish producer took the top award for its Hernö Gin 47, Hernö Pink Btl Gin and Hernö Old Tom Gin.

“Very moreish” Hernö Gin 47 was held in high esteem for its “big juniper” opening nose, leading to a “very citrus” palate.

Good juniper notes

Hernö Pink Btl Gin scooped a Master for being “clean, crisp with good juniper notes” along with “a little bitterness and citrus”.

Hernö Old Tom Gin presented some “honeyed pine” and “fruity berry notes with plenty of juniper”, prompting the Master medal from the judges.

Jim and Tonic’s Mercato Mediterranean Gin won the fourth Master of the flight because of its “lovely herbaceous nose” and “savouriness with a hint of citrus peel” on the palate.

“With microdistilleries, generally distillers have a bit more freedom to experiment and try different things that might be riskier, and I think that sometimes the risk isn’t worth it,” Smith noted. “But sometimes, risk pays off and producers come up with something absolutely sublime, and the Masters of this are thinking outside the box; they tried something different and it paid off.”

Five Golds – including “complex” Horsham Spirit from Cabin Pressure Spirits, and “very smooth” Method and Madness Irish Microdistilled Gin – and four Silvers completed the flight.

A pair of Masters were also unearthed in the Old Tom sector. The first was given to Hernö Old Tom Gin, due to its “bold juniper character” and “well balanced touch of sweetness”. Old Tom 6 by Liquorsmiths also won a Master accolade, with its “nice mouthfeel” and a “touch of eucalyptus to add a little freshness on the finish”.

A Gold medal went to OTG Initial Gin, with “cucumber on the nose, and some citrus and herbaceous notes” leading to “a little woodiness, herbs and savoury elements” on the palate.

Five Silver medals were also awarded in the Old Tom flight, including to Ki No Tou Kyoto Dry Gin and Gin Lane 1751 Old Tom.

A flight of Genever came next, producing a Gold medal for Hooghoudt Raw Genever, which had “good grain notes on the nose with floral citrus, and good integration of alcohol”. A Silver medal was also given to Hooghoudt Sweet Spiced Genever.

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Pink gins lead the way

Hernö’s growing haul

In the Organic flight, Hernö Gin Distillery added another Master medal to its ever-growing haul. Hernö Navy Strength Gin was said to be “big, bold and zesty”, and the judges thought the “higher ABV holds really well”. Tasting notes included “a hint of spice and floral, with a nice sweetness to complement the citrus notes”.

Hernö also collected four Gold medals for Hernö Gin 47, Hernö Pink Btl Gin, Hernö Old Tom Gin and Hernö Gin. The Stillery’s Dutch Coastal Gin also received a Gold award.

A substantial Cask-Aged heat generated two more Master medallists: Sorgin Yellow Gin and In the Welsh Wind Palo Cortado Finish. Sorgin Yellow Gin was described as having “lovely, plump, fragrant notes, wood and elderflower – really unusual and just superb”.

Fellow Master winner In the Welsh Wind Palo Cortado was equally celebrated, enjoyed for its “rich spice, Christmas notes with juniper, citrus and spice – very Christmassy but a lovely sipper”.

Thirteen Gold-standard cask-aged gins were also enjoyed by the judges. Winners included: “perfectly balanced” Makar Mulberry Cask Aged Gin; “peaty, complex” Ki No Bi Edition K Kyoto Dry Gin aged in ex-Kilchoman Single Malt Casks; and “deep, woody” Nouaison Gin Reserve. Four Silvers were also awarded in this flight.

“These were not your typical aged gins,” noted Smith. “It’s probably been the most exciting year of cask-aged gin that we’ve had and I find it thrilling that there’s that much innovation going on, and why not? There are so many different casks beyond typical oak finishes. Plus, for a distiller, how the cask interacts with the botanicals is such a rich sandpit to play in. It’s a playground for a distiller, and we’re seeing that with the stuff we’ve got here. It goes to show you can do very interesting things at lower ABVs, it doesn’t have to be cask strength stuff.”

Blushed with success

Pink gin has soared in popularity in recent years, and the quality that came to the fore in the competition was impressive. Apple and Hibiscus from 58 Distillery secured a Master medal in this round, delivering “crisp apple on the nose with some soft, jammy floral notes”. The gin had “good texture, nice sweetness” and was found to be “very refreshing – a bit different”.

Seven pink gins lived up to the Gold standard, including Shortcross Rosie’s Garden Gin, with “rosehip and juniper notes, some sweetness but some woodiness too”.

“Very well balanced” Barrister Pink Gin also secured a Gold medal, liked for having a “sweet pink profile without being too overbearing”.

Five pink gins were awarded Silver medals, including Gibson’s Pink and Beefeater Pink Strawberry.

“This tasting suggests that there is no definition of what pink gin is,” Smith noted. “I will say this – I know some people might think of pink gin being very fruity and not tasting like gin at all. This flight proved there are some very good spirits in there that can be pink in colour, embrace some fruity flavours, but still taste like gin and be balanced and not overly sugary.”

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Flavoured gins are proving popular with consumers

Flavoured Gin is another subcategory that has boomed in recent years, with myriad flavours still launching week after week. The huge flight produced an impressive five Master medals.

Atom Brands’ Jaffa Cake Gin was one Master recipient. Tasting notes included “orange chocolate – like Terry’s Chocolate Orange – delicious”.

De Feral said: “This is a great example of how a flavoured spirit can educate consumers on how flavours can be unique, and how you can create flavours that are really fun. This was really unique, not just another raspberry or rhubarb flavour, it offered something very different.”

Unmistakably grapefruit

Cuckoo Supernova Gin also took a Master in this contingent, with its “vibrant, bold zingy nose” that was “unmistakably grapefruit”. The gin was able to retain its juniper flavour, too. Forty Spotted Pinot Noir also collected the top medal.

Downes said “cranberry shines through on the palate building to a delicious mix of sweet gin and grapes”. Fellow Master Meredith’s Malvern Blush Gin was “fruity and fresh”, with “crisp passionfruit notes”. Concluding the Master tally in this round was Wildcat Passion Gin, with its “clear and bold passionfruit” on the nose, giving way to “orange” hints on the palate.

The Flavoured Gin round also awarded Gold medals to 21 deserving entries. These included “beautifully soft and juicy” Lonewolf Peach and Passionfruit with “tonnes of peach on the nose”; “fruity and floral” Gin Ting – Berries, Berries, Berries; and Three Wrens Gin Apple Crumble Edition, full of “oats and brown sugar” on the nose and “soft, sweet green apple” on the palate.

The flight concluded with a staggering 31 Silver medals, including: Gordon’s Pink, Beefeater Blood Orange, Rosemont Madame Gin, Junimperium Cherry Edition Gin, Malfy Gin Con Limone, Wembley Pink, Wildcat Bramble Gin, and Wildjac Damson and Raspberry Gin.

Tanner noted: “I feel there is scope for some more ‘adult’ flavours here. Some of what we tasted was a little overly sweet, but some were executed really well.”

Carruthers added how she was impressed with the diversity of flavours. “There was plenty of variety in the flavoured flight, with producers putting the focus on quality,” she added. “It was great to see so many different products that are pairing some really complementary flavours together, combinations you wouldn’t even think of.”

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L-r: Chris Tanner, Peter Downes, Nicola Carruthers, Ben Lindsay, Melita Kiely and Ivan Dixon

Shining through

For Downes, Three Wrens Apple Crumble Edition was one of the standout flavours. “This is a category that’s easy to get wrong, but also easy to shine through if you nail what you’re aiming for. Distillers need to know that end result and get the flavour profile, like the apple crumble. The wine-flavoured gins were on the ball.”

In the penultimate flight – Sloe Gin – four Gold medals were dished out. English Berry had “beautiful nutty notes, almond, some cherry and dark chocolate”. Gold medallist Elephant Sloe Gin was “delightfully indulgent, with lots of spice to go with the sloe gin – textbook; a classic slow gin with a little twist”.

Gold winner Plymouth Sloe Gin offered “fino Sherry” flavours on the palate, complemented by a “slightly sharp jamminess”.

And Hernö Sloe Gin was enjoyed for its “fruitiness, cherries and boiled sweets” on the palate and “great balance”.

“Sloe gin is a very established category in the UK and it is good to see some innovation and some new entrants to the market making quality products,” said Smith. “At the same time, there is a caution that with some products, the innovation can take the product to a place where it no longer resembles sloe gin.”

A gin backbone

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Judge David T Smith

Completing the first instalment of The Gin Masters 2021 was the Gin Liqueur flight, which presented the final Master of the tasting. June Wild Peach was hailed for its “jammy fruitiness, but with a gin backbone”, offering “peach on the nose with some tea”.

Seven Golds and one Silver medal completed the flight, including Golds for “fruity, floral, complex and balanced” Hayman’s Peach and Rose Cup; “boiled sweets” Cygnet Cherry Drop Gin Liqueur; and “tangy passionfruit with balanced sweetness” Hotel Chocolat Mango and Passionfruit Cacao Gin Liqueur.

Reflecting on the competition, Downes noted: “There was consistently a really high standard across the competition. It says a lot about gin, which keeps getting better and better. Flavoured gins have stepped back from the heavily sugary category, and it’s great to see that gin is still innovating and changing.”

Smith noted that value for money remains across the standard and premium price points – and there are gins with huge complexity to be found at more affordable prices.

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Judge Julian de Feral (photo credit: Robin Boot Photography)

“The other takeaway this year is people have spent time experimenting with stuff and taking things in new directions; sometimes if’s fantastic and sometimes it needs refining, but it’s very exciting to see people doing that,” he added.

“Sloe gin is an example of that, but also cask-aged. The ones we tasted were nothing particularly typical – that was a healthy selection of aged gin because you don’t always get those.

“There were also some lovely examples of pink and flavoured gins, which I think serves as a reminder that even hardened gin fans shouldn’t write them off because there are some beautiful products in there.”

*A Taste Master will be announced after the second tasting later this year.

Click through to the following page for the full list of winners from The Gin Masters 2021 (part one). 

 

Bevica – sponsor of The Gin Masters 2021

Claudio Martell – Bevica product director
“I am delighted to be in partnership with The Spirits Business [and the drinks business], with Bevica as the sponsor for The Gin Masters and The English and Welsh Wine Masters. With our extensive experience of clients across the drinks sector, but in these two areas specifically, we know that Bevica is a proven, reliable and effective cloud SaaS solution powered by Microsoft. It is ideal for organisations that are looking to streamline and automate their processes, with an all-in-one solution that is future-proofed and can flex to any business growth requirements.”
Pippa Odell – MD, TVision Technology
“At a time when businesses are evolving due to the many challenges of this worldwide pandemic, it feels particularly relevant that Bevica sponsors initiatives within the drinks sector. We are delighted that Bevica is sponsoring the competition this year, because we understand that wine companies’ business models and processes are evolving at unprecedented speed. And our Cloud-based Bevica platform can support
these businesses to really help them evolve. We wish all of the entrants good luck in this year’s competition.”

Standard

Brand owner Product  Medal
Vinokurnya Naroch Gin Bloomberry Gold
Altia Sweden Explorer Gin Silver
Kinsale Spirit Company Kinsale Gin Silver
Royal Flush Gin Co Royal Flush Gin Silver
Symposium Spirits Merchant’s Choice London Dry Gin Silver

Premium

Brand owner Product  Medal
Maison Ferrand Citadelle Gin Jardin d’été Master
Penderyn Distillery Brecon Special Reserve Gin Master
Aldi Eidyn Botanical Gin Gold
Fair Drinks Fair Gin Gold
González Byass MOM Gold
La Martiniquaise‐Bardinet Gibson’s Exception Gold
Langley’s Gin Langley’s First Chapter Gold
MCG Keyaki Gold
Raven Spirits Hrafn Gin Valkyrie Gold
The Start Up Drinks Lab Inverclyde Gin Gold
Bloodline Spirits Rule Gin Silver
Nao Spirits and Beverages Greater Than London Dry Gin Silver

Super Premium

Brand owner Product  Medal
Atom Brands Bathtub Gin Gold
Beg Boutique Distillery Beg Brazilian Boutique Dry Gin Gold
Berentsens Distillery Herbarium New Forest Gin Gold
Brockmans Gin Brockmans Gin Gold
Cap Gin Cap Gin Gold
Distell Tobermory Hebridean Gin Gold
Elephant Gin Elephant London Dry Gin Gold
Glasgow Distillery Company Makar Original Dry Gin Gold
Halewood Artisanal Spirits Whitley Neill Connoisseur’s Cut London Dry Gin Gold
Langley’s Gin Langley’s Old Tom Gold
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Vidda Tørr gin Gold
Penderyn Distillery Brecon Botanical Gin Gold
Prodal 94 Wembley Crown Gold
Saigon Baigur Saigon Baigur Dry Gin Gold
Silent Pool Distillers Silent Pool Gin Gold
The Bloomsbury Club Gin Lane 1751 Royal Strength Gold
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin Gold
Union Brands Thousand Trades Gold
Vørding Spirits Vørding’s Gin Gold
William Grant & Sons Hendrick’s Lunar Gin Gold
Altia Nordic Spirits Lab Gin Silver
Belfast Artisan Distillery Belfast Artisan Distillery Gin Silver
Blackwater Distillery Blackwater No.5 Gin Silver
Bottega Bacur Gin Silver
Burford Distillery Big Grin Gin Silver
Chapel Down Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin Silver
Chapel Down Chapel Down Bacchus Gin Silver
Distell Tobermory Hebridean Mountain Gin Silver
El Sol Profundo Gin d’Azur Silver
G&Tea 80 Days Gin Silver
Gin 1689 by Amsterdam
Craft Gin Company
1689 Dutch Dry Gin Silver
Glendalough Distillery Glendalough Rose Gin Silver
Hampton Court Gin The Six Wives Silver
Langley’s Gin Langley’s London Dry Gin Silver
Les Bienheureux L’Acrobate Silver
Letap Spirits Tourer Gin – Watermelon & Mint Silver
Maison Ferrand Citadelle Gin Original Silver
Parkwall Taverns McCaffrey Pink Gin Silver
Plymouth Gin Plymouth Gin Silver
Quinta de Ventozelo,
Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial
Ventozelo Craft Dry Gin Silver
Silent Pool Distillers Silent Pool Rose Expression Gin Silver
Silent Pool Distillers Silent Pool Rare Citrus Gin Silver
Sir Edmond Sir Edmond Gin Silver
Spirit of The Lakes Bedrock Gin Silver
Spirit of Wales Distillery Steeltown Welsh Dry Gin Silver
The Orchard Karma Travellers No.1 Silver
Vørding Spirits Vørding’s Rose Gin Silver

Ultra Premium

Brand owner Product  Medal
Beg Boutique Distillery Beg New World Navy Gin Master
G&H Spirits LDN Initial Gin Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Juniper Cask Gin Master
Speyside Distillers Company Byron’s Gin Bird Cherry Master
Amass Amass Dry Gin Gold
BrandStar Alliance Enastående (Magnificent) Gold
BrandStar Alliance Stjärnklar (Starry) Gold
Cheung’s Brothers Enterprises Co Perfume Trees Gin Gold
Comte de Grasse Gin 44°N Gold
Ealing Distillery Ealing Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Navy Strength Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Pink Btl Gin Gold
Orkney Distillery (NWP) Northwest Passage Expedition Gin Gold
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Bar Tenders Series Gold
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Gin Gold
Ron Diplomatico Canaïma Gin Gold
Sakurao Brewery And Distillery Co Sakurao Gin Hamagou Gold
Sk9 Enterprises Declaration Gin Gold
Speyside Distillers Company Byron’s Gin Melancholy Thistle Gold
SPI Spirits (Cyprus) Tulchan Gin Gold
The Melbourne Gin Company Single Shot Gold
Brandstar Alliance Supermåne (Supermoon) Silver
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin 47 Silver
Nao Spirits And Beverages Hapusa Himalayan Dry Gin Silver
Netbulk Araxa Contemporary London Dry Silver
Spirit of Harrogate Slingsby London Dry Gin Silver
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Tea Kyoto Dry Gin Silver
The Melbourne Gin Company Dry Gin Silver
The Oro Distilling Co Oro Bespoke 001 Silver
Uokka Tanzanite Gin Silver
Wild Moon Welsh Witch Silver
York Gin Company York Gin London Dry Silver

London Dry

Brand owner Product  Medal
Isle Of Harris Distillers Isle Of Harris Gin Master
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Botanical Gin Master
Otterbeck Distillery Cotton Gin Master
Raven Spirits Hrafn Gin Valkyrie Master
Warner’s Distillery Warner’s London Dry Gin Master
58 Distillery London Dry Gold
Afallon Môn Cyf Afallon Môn Dry Gin Gold
Altia Sweden OP Anderson Distillery Organic Dry Gin Gold
Pernod Ricard Beefeater Monday’s Gin Gold
Berry Bros & Rudd No.3 London Dry Gin Gold
Botany Distillery Botany London Dry Gin Gold
Cheshire Botanicals Nantwich Gin Gold
CHX Distillers Altitude Gin Gold
Cygnet Spirits Cygnet Hand Crafted Welsh Dry Gin Gold
Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits Gray Whale Gin Gold
Diageo Gordon’s London Dry Gin Gold
Dublin City Gin Company Dublin City Gin Gold
G&H Spirits LDN Initial Gin Gold
Glendalough Distillery Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin Gold
Halewood Artisanal Spirits Whitley Neill London Dry Gin Gold
Henners Vineyard Henners Cloudy Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin 47 Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin Gold
Lydén Distillery Dry Gin Gold
Maison Villevert Nouaison Gold
Masons of Yorkshire Masons English Lavender Gold
Masons of Yorkshire Masons Tea Edition Gin Gold
Masons of Yorkshire Masons The Original Gin Gold
Montbel Wines & Spirits Bold Gin Gold
Never Never Distillery Triple Juniper Gin Gold
Norrbottens Destilleri Forest Dry Gin Gold
Norrbottens Destilleri Mountain Dry Gin Gold
Norwich Dry Gin Company St Giles Gold
Don Luchesi Destilaria
E Botanicos
O’gin – London Dry Gin Gold
Orkney Spirits
(Orkney Gin Company)
Aatta Gold
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Double Gin Gold
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Lyset/Lightness Gold
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Mørket/Darkness Gold
Otterbeck Distillery Cotton Winter Gold
Pearse Lyons Brewing & Distilling Ha’Penny Dry Gin Gold
Pyynikin Distilling Company Payday Craft Gin Gold
Rockland Distilleries Colombo No.7 London Dry Gin Gold
Rude Mechanicals Rude Mechanicals Vineyard Gin Gold
Sakurao Brewery and Distillery Co Sakurao Gin Original Gold
Signature Brands Agnes Arber Premium Gin Gold
Tanglin Gin Tanglin Orchid Gin Gold
The National Distillery Company NDC New Zealnd Dry Gin Gold
Twenty Third Street Distillery Signature Gin Gold
Warner’s Distillery Warner’s Harrington Dry Gin Gold
Warner’s Distillery Warner’s Lemon Balm Gin Gold
Yvy Destilaria Yvy Mar Gold
Aldi Greyson’s London Dry Gin Silver
Aldi Haysmith’s London Dry Silver
Aura Proizvodi Aura Gin Karbun Silver
Pernod Ricard Beefeater 24 Silver
Pernod Ricard Beefeater Crown Jewel Silver
Pernod Ricard Beefeater London Dry 44% Silver
Pernod Ricard Beefeater London Dry 40% Silver
Big River Distilling Co Big River Distilling Co Dry Gin Silver
Brentingby Gin No Nonsense Gin Silver
Brighton Spirits Company Brighton Gin Pavilion Strength Silver
Broken Heart Spirits Broken Heart Gin Silver
Boann Distillery Silks Irish Gin Silver
Botanic Request John Robert’s Botanic Request Silver
Darnley’s Gin Spiced Gin Silver
Darnley’s Gin Original Gin Silver
Dingle Distillery Dingle Gin Silver
Distillers of Surrey Sherlock & Sons Aromatic Edition Silver
Distillers of Surrey Sherlock & Sons Solstice Edition Silver
Dunnet Bay Distillery Rock Rose Gin Original Edition Silver
First Distillery Sigtuna First Gin Silver
Foley Wines Lighthouse Gin Silver
Gin‐Hude Gin‐Hude Silver
Gordon & MacPhail Red Door Gin Silver
Gordon & MacPhail Red Door Gin with Summer Botanicals Silver
Hayman’s of London Hayman’s London Dry Gin Silver
Horseguards London Dry Gin Horseguards London Dry Gin Silver
Inshriach Distilling Inshriach Original 43% Silver
Isle Of Barra Distillers Barra Atlantic Gin Silver
Junimperium Distillery Junimperium Blended Dry Gin Silver
Kingdom Recommends Kingdom’s London Dry Gin Silver
La Martiniquaise‐Bardinet Gibson’s Silver
Marussia Beverages 135°East Silver
Masons of Yorkshire Masons Orange & Lime Leaf Gin Silver
Masons of Yorkshire Masons Pear & Pink Peppercorn Gin Silver
Never Never Distilling Southern Strength Gin Silver
Nordic Gin House København Klassisk Gin Silver
Penningtons Spirits & Liqueurs Lakeland Moon Snowfell Gin Silver
Penningtons Spirits & Liqueurs Lakeland Moon Gin Silver
Prodal 94 Wembley London Dry Gin Silver
Ramsbury Brewing & Distilling Co Ramsbury Single Estate Gin Silver
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Gin ‐ Angels Edition Silver
Redsmith Distillery Redsmith London Dry Gin Silver
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers Barossa Dry Silver
Skiclub Kampen North Sea Gin Silver
Small Distillery Steam Gin Spiced Silver
The Bloomsbury Club UK Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Silver
The India Craft Spirit Co
D/O Globus Spirits
Terai Silver
The Spirit in the Bottle Old Pilot’s London Dry Gin Silver
Tiger Gin Tiger Gin Silver
York Gin Company York Gin Grey Lady Silver
Ysberg Drebbel Small Batch London Dry Gin Silver

Contemporary

Brand owner Product  Medal
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Modern Australian Gin Master
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin Master
Small Distillery Steam Gin Master
Boann Distillery Coppercloud Irish Gin Gold
Buja Gin Co Buja Gin Seoul Batch #0001 (Signature Gin) Gold
AmberChes Spirits Distillery Botanical Gin Gold
Delmago Gin Delmago Gold
Forty Spotted Forty Spotted Classic Gold
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin Gold
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Spice Trade Gin Gold
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin Gold
Ian Macleod Distillers Edinburgh Gin 1670 Gold
In the Welsh Wind Distillery In the Welsh Wind Signature Style Gold
Isle of Cumbrae Distillers Nostalgin Gold
Karu Distillery Affinity Gin Gold
Never Never Distilling Med Gin Gold
Norrbottens Destilleri Forest Dry Gin Gold
Norrbottens Destilleri Mountain Dry Gin Gold
Pearse Lyons Brewing & Distilling Mil Gin Gold
Pembrokeshire Gin Co Tenby Dry Gin Gold
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Citrus Drizzle Gin Gold
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers House Gin Gold
Six Nordics Midsummer Fling Gold
The National Distillery Company NDC New Zealnd Hemp Gin Gold
The Spirit of Manchester Distillery Manchester Gin – FAC51 The Haçienda Gold
Third Eye Distillery Stranger & Sons Gin Gold
Twenty Third Street Distillery Violet Gin Gold
WL Distillery 1st Edition Gold
Zamora Company Martin Miller’s Original Gin Gold
Zamora Company Martin Miller’s Summerful Gin Gold
Zamora Company Martin Miller’s Winterful Gin Gold
Zamora Company Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin Gold
Berliner Brandstifter Berliner Brandstifter Berlin Dry Gin Silver
AmberChes Spirits Distillery Orange Infusion Silver
Cuckoo Gin Cuckoo Solace Gin Silver
Cuckoo Gin Cuckoo Spiced Gin Silver
Distillerie Tenute Collesi Gin Collesi Silver
G&H Spirits BST Initial Gin Silver
Imke Teerling Spirituosen Duala Sanddorn‐Gin Silver
Isle of Cumbrae Distillers Croc Rock Gin Silver
Jin Ceiriog Distillery Co Welsh Spring Honey Gin Silver
Kavalan Distillery Kavalan Gin Silver
Lafferty and Sons Upperhandgin Silver
LKC IKE Grace Gin Silver
Maison Villevert G’vine Floraison Silver
Premium Thai Brands Co Saneha Gin Silver
Pyynikin Distilling Company Lapsang Souchong Smoked Tea Gin Silver
Pyynikin Distilling Company Recycled Citrus Gin Silver
Sash & Fritz Wild Child – Berlin Dry Gin Silver
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers Savoury Allsorts Silver
Six Nordics Naked Hygge Silver
Tanglin Gin Tanglin Singapore Gin Silver
The National Distillery Company NDC New Zealand Botanical Gin Silver
The Spirit Of Manchester Distillery Manchester Gin ‐ Mother Of Pearl Silver
The Stillery The Stillery’s Dutch Coastal Gin Silver
Wolf Lane Distillery Wolf Lane Distillery Tropical Gin Silver
Yvy Destilaria Yvy Terra Silver
Zamora Company Martin Miller’s 9 Moons Gin Silver

Navy Strength

Brand owner Product  Medal
Aura Proizvodi Aura Gin Navy Strength Master
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin Master
Kingdom Recommends Kingdom’s Ginger Spiced Gin Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Navy Strength Gin Gold
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Bi Sei Kyoto Dry Gin Gold
Never Never Distilling Juniper Freak Gin Gold
Pembrokeshire Gin Co Navy Strength Dry Gin Gold
Plymouth Gin Plymouth Gin Navy Strength Gold
Rockland Distilleries Colombo No.7 Ration Navy Dry Gin Gold
Tanglin Gin Tanglin Black Powder Gin Gold
The National Distillery Company NDC New Zealand Navy Strength Gold
Wolf Lane Distillery Wolf Lane Distillery Navy Strength Gin Gold
Darnley’s Gin Navy Strength Spiced Gin Silver
Distillers of Surrey Sherlock & Sons Nautical Edition Silver
Dunnet Bay Distillery Navy Strength Rock Rose Silver
Junimperium Distillery Junimperium Navy Strength Gin Silver
Karu Distillery Lightning Gin Silver
Ladoga Group Barrister Navy Strength Gin Silver
Lyden Navy Gin Silver
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Navy Strength Gin Silver
Thos Birch Libations Company Birch Gin Navy Strength Silver

Microdistillery

Brand owner Product  Medal
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin 47 Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Pink Btl Gin Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Old Tom Gin Master
Jim and Tonic Mercato Mediterranean Gin Master
Cabin Pressure Spirits Horsham Spirit Gold
Dyfi Distillery Dyfi Gin, Pollination Edition Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin Gold
Irish Distillers Method and Madness Irish Microdistilled Gin Gold
Licores de Guatemala Xibal Gin Gold
Blue Pearl Distillerie Jardin Verde Silver
Distillerie des Appalaches Kepler Dry Gin Silver
Distillerie des Marigots Récif Silver
Tepaluma Distillery Tepaluma Gin – Spirit of the Forest Silver

Old Tom

Brand owner Product  Medal
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Old Tom Gin Master
Liquorsmiths Old Tom 6 Master
G&H Spirits OTG Initial Gin Gold
Dunnet Bay Distillery Pink Grapefruit Old Tom Gin Silver
Eccentric Spirit Co Young Tom Silver
OSS Craft Distillery Bareksten Old Tom Gin Silver
The Bloomsbury Club UK Gin Lane 1751 Old Tom Silver
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Tou Kyoto Dry Gin Silver

Genever

Brand owner Product  Medal
Hooghoudt Distillery Hooghoudt Raw Genever/Holland Gin Gold
Hooghoudt Distillery Hooghoudt Sweet Spiced Genever Silver

Organic

Brand owner Product  Medal
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Navy Strength Gin Master
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin 47 Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Pink Btl Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Old Tom Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Gin Gold
The Stillery The Stillery’s Dutch Coastal Gin Gold

Cask‐Aged

Brand owner Product  Medal
Alambic Sorgin Yellow Gin Master
In The Welsh Wind Distillery In The Welsh Wind Palo Cortado Edition Master
Abingdon Distillery Port Barrel Aged Gin Gold
Distillerie Tenute Collesi Gin Barrel Collesi Gold
Four Pillars Distillery Four Pillars Single Barrel S31 Gold
Glasgow Distillery Company Makar Mulberry Cask Aged Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Juniper Cask Gin Gold
Lydén Distillery Cask Gin Gold
Maison Villevert Nouaison Gin Reserve Gold
Never Never Distilling Argo Gin Gold
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Cask Aged Gin Editition 3 Gold
Sky Wave Gin Sky Wave Limited Edition Cask Aged Gin Gold
The Cotswolds Distillery Barrel‐Aged Hedgerow Gin Gold
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Bi Edition K Kyoto Dry Gin
Aged in ex‐Kilchoman Single Malt Casks
Gold
The Spirit in the Bottle Old Pilot’s Barrel Aged Gin Gold
Crimson Pangolin Crimson Pangolin Oak Barrel Edition Silver
Cuckoo Gin Cuckoo Sunshine Cask Aged Silver
Eccentric Spirit Co Limbeck Silver
Mereworth Wines Mereworth Oak Aged Gin Silver

Pink Gin

Brand owner Product  Medal
58 Distillery Apple and Hibiscus Master
Forty Spotted Forty Spotted Wild Rose Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Pink Btl Gin Gold
Ladoga Group Barrister Pink Gin Gold
Vinokurnya Naroch Gin Bloomberry Pink Gin Gold
Lydén Distillery Pink Gin Gold
Rademon Estate Distillery Shortcross Rosie’s Garden Gin Gold
The English Drinks Company The English Drinks Company Classic Pink Gin Gold
Pernod Ricard Beefeater Pink Strawberry Silver
Cygnet Spirits Cygnet Hand Crafted Welsh Pinc Gin Silver
La Martiniquaise‐Bardinet Gibson’s Pink Silver
Oslo Håndverksdestilleri Fjæra Rosé Gin Silver
The Bloomsbury Club UK Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Silver

Flavoured Gin

Brand owner Product  Medal
Atom Brands Jaffa Cake Gin Master
Cuckoo Gin Cuckoo Supernova Gin Master
Forty Spotted Forty Spotted Pinot Noir Master
Hussingtree Blends Meredith’s Malvern Blush Gin Master
Whyte & Mackay Wildcat Passion Gin Master
Aldi Haysmith’s Bramble Gin Gold
Aldi Haysmith’s Rhubarb & Ginger Gold
Altia Eesti Saaremaa CUR Gin Gold
Pernod Ricard Beefeater Peach & Raspberry Gold
Bespoke Distillery Spirit Club Aqva Di Gin Spicy Gold
Brewdog Distilling Co Lonewolf Peach And Passionfruit Gold
Crimson Pangolin Gin 66 x Crimson Pangolin Gold
Diageo Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Gold
Distillerie de Montréal Rosemont Gin de Montréal Gold
Gin Ting Gin Ting – Berries, Berries, Berries Gold
Gin Ting Gin Ting – Passionfruit, Mango & Elderflower Gold
Hayman’s of London Hayman’s Exotic Citrus Gin Gold
Pernod Ricard Malfy Gin Rosa Gold
OSS Craft Distillery Elsker Dry Pink Gin Gold
Pembrokeshire Gin Co Welsh Cake Dry Gin Gold
Penderyn Distillery Brecon Chocolate Orange Gin Gold
Penderyn Distillery Brecon Rhubarb & Cranberry Gin Gold
Seppeltsfield Road Distillers 2020 Barossa Shiraz Gin Gold
Sir Edmond Sir Edmond Gin Gold
Three Wrens Distillery Three Wrens Gin Apple Crumble EditioN Gold
Wild Fox Distillery Blushing Vixen Rhubarb & Elderflower Gold
Aldi Haysmith’s Eclipse Gin Silver
Aldi Haysmith’s Oriental Spiced Gin Silver
Aldi Haysmith’s Raspberry & Redcurrant Silver
Aldi Haysmith’s Seville Orange & Persian Lime Silver
Aldi Ireland Mo Chara Pink Grapefruit Gin Silver
Altia Eesti Saaremaa Rhu Gin Silver
Altia Eesti Saaremaa Ore Gin Silver
Pernod Ricard Beefeater Blood Orange Silver
BEG Boutique Distillery BEG Modern & Tropical Gin Silver
Crimson Pangolin Crimson Pangolin Rose Tea Silver
Diageo Gordon’s Pink Silver
Distillerie de Montréal Rosemont Madame Gin Silver
Distillerie de Montréal Rosemont Gin Rose de Montréal Silver
Junimperium Distillery Junimperium Cherry Edition Gin Silver
Lidl Great Britain Hortus Sicilian Lemon & Lime Gin Silver
Listoke Distillery Chocolate Inferno Silver
Maison Villevert June Pear And Cardamom Silver
Maison Villevert June Wild Peach Silver
Pernod Ricard Malfy Gin Con Arancia Silver
Pernod Ricard Malfy Gin Con Limone Silver
Never Never Distilling Ginache Gin Silver
Otterbeck Distillery Cotton Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn Silver
Penderyn Distillery Brecon Rose Petal Gin Silver
Prodal 94 Wembley Pink Silver
Signature Brands Agnes Arber Pineapple Gin Silver
Signature Brands Agnes Arber Rhubarb Gin Silver
Spirit of The Lakes Bedrock Gooseberry and Elderflower Gin Silver
Three Wrens Distillery Three Wrens Gin Bloody Apricot Edition Silver
Whyte & Mackay Wildcat Bramble Gin Silver
Wildjac Damson and Raspberry Gin Silver
Wolf Lane Distillery Wolf Lane Distillery Davidson Plum Gin Silver

Sloe Gin

Brand owner Product  Medal
58 Distillery English Berry Gold
Elephant Gin Elephant Sloe Gin Gold
Pernod Ricard Plymouth Sloe Gin Gold
Hernö Gin Distillery Hernö Sloe Gin Gold
Junimperium Distillery Junimperium Sloe Gin Silver

Gin Liqueurs

Brand owner Product  Medal
Maison Villevert June Wild Peach Master
Cygnet Spirits Cygnet Cherry Drop Gin Liqueur Gold
Hayman’s Of London Hayman’s Peach & Rose Cup Gold
Hotel Chocolat Cherry & Raspberry Cacao Gin Liqueur Gold
Hotel Chocolat Mango & Passion Fruit Cacao Gin Liqueur Gold
Ian Macleod Distillers Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gold
Maison Villevert June Pear And Cardamom Gold
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Bai Kyoto Plum And Berry Liqueur Gold
Lidl Great Britain Hortus Watermelon & Lime Gin Liqueur Silver

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