Great Taste Awards: Fairham gin, Penwortham, picks up 3-star award

Written by Abbey Donoghue

Fairham Gin Distillery in Penwortham has been recognised as one of the top food and drink producers globally at the Great Taste Awards 2022.

The Ochre Edition gin won a highly esteemed 3-star award and their Signature Edition gin picking up a 1-star award.

The highest rating the Great Taste can award is 3-stars. It is awarded for “extraordinarily tasty food and drink”.

Of the 14,205 entries from across the world, only 1.5% of products achieved a 3-star award this year, making this Penwortham-distilled gin an elite product across all the categories.

Only six gins globally were awarded 3-star status.

After the competition’s rigorous blind testing process, Ochre Edition was described as “a truly top notch gin.”

The judges verdict was: “We loved the immediate, fresh, juicy, authentic orange aroma of this gin, it could not be fresher.

“The pink grapefruit and juniper, clove, coriander warmth all came through on the plate and the transition from nose to taste was particularly special. The mouthfeel is full and well-rounded.

“The blend was incredibly balanced and nuanced and incredibly refreshing, juicy and delicious. It was even more uplifting with tonic. Wow.”

Signature Edition was also one of the 39.1% of products entered to receive a Great Taste award in 2022 after being described as “a perfect citrus-laden G&T experience.”

The judges continued: “Signature Edition has a terrific nose – the complexity of rounded, intriguing citrus holds its own against bright juniper.

“The palate instantly impresses with sweetness, roundness, and a wealth of, indeed, exotic citrus.”

Ellis McKeown, of Fairham Gin, talks about what it means for the distillery: “This is an enormous achievement for us and our Lancashire gin.

“The Great Taste 3-Star Awards are something you see on the very best products in supermarkets across the country, and we couldn’t be more proud to now be able to attach the unmistakable black and gold logo to our Ochre Edition bottle – a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and consumers alike.”

Fairham Gin has flourished in its first year of business after launching in April 2021, with Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson picking up numerous awards for their Dry Lancashire Gins.