At a ceremony in London the 2023 winners of the Icons of Gin, World Gin Awards and Gin Magazine Hall of Fame 2023 were announced.

The awards – presented by Gin Magazine – were held at the Waldorf Hilton, London, marking the first time the awards have occurred in-person since February 2020.

The Gin Magazine Awards aim to recognise the best people, places and products in the world of gin. From ambassadors to distillers and managers to hotel bars, the Icons of Gin awards honour those who have worked tirelessly for the growth of the industry.

The title of Distiller of the Year was awarded to Archie Rose Distilling Co., while James May was awarded Brand Ambassador of the Year. Meanwhile, the World Gin Awards (part of the World Drinks Awards) award the best gins in the world, tasted and voted on by a panel of expert judges to crown the World’s Best.

This year’s winners include Kyrö Rye Gin as Best Compound Gin, Hamburg-Zanzibar Suburban Gin as Best Classic Gin and Mawsim Gin Tropical Citrus as Best Flavoured Gin.

Induction into the Gin Magazine Hall of Fame is the highest honour one can receive from Gin Magazine, reserved for those who have dedicated their professional lives to the industry. The four new inductees this year are: Gin Guild Board Member Anne Brock, Alexandre Gabriel, Tessa Gerlach and Jonathan Adnams.

Gin Magazine editor-at-large Bethany Whymark commented said: “We have been blown away by both the quantity and quality of entries to this year’s awards, and a massive thanks and congratulations is due to all those who entered. The World Gin Awards continues to go from strength to strength, acting as our compass to track the progress of the gin market in countries around the world. Meanwhile, the Icons of Gin saw another strong field of entries; Australia was the stand-out region in this year’s competition, and I hope we will see other booming regions such as the USA, South America, and Europe challenge for the Icons titles next year.

“It is a huge privilege to work within the gin industry – which, despite the naysayers, is continuing to surprise, delight and astound us at every turn.”

Awards director for the World Gin Awards, Anita Ujszaszi, added: “The competitiveness in the gin category continues to strengthen year by year and we are delighted as always to have recognised the World’s Best. A huge thank you to all of our dedicated and fantastic judges this year, without whom this wouldn’t be possible.”

About the Hall of Fame inductees

Inductee no. 14, Jonathan Adnams, is chairman at Adnams, a role he has held since August 2006. He’s worked in all areas of the company since joining in 1975 and has been a key figure in the company’s success.

Inductee no. 15, Dr Anne Brock, is master distiller at Bombay Sapphire, responsible for every drop of gin produced. Her production experience ranges from start-ups to multi-million pound facilities.

Inductee no. 16, Alexandre Gabriel, is the creator of Citadelle Gin, which he founded in 1996. Gabriel has shown off his incredible talents over the years with the launches of Citadelle Old Tom and Citadelle Jardin D’Éte to name just a few.

Inductee no. 17, Tessa Gerlach, is the co-founder of Elephant Gin, alongside her husband Robin. Not only does her focus stretch across the production and marketing of the brand, but also the inspiring conservation efforts with partner foundations in Kenya and South Africa.

Icons of Gin 2023 – Winners and Highly Commended

Brand Innovator of the Year
Old Young’s

Highly Commended
Buenos Aires Gin & Tonic

Hotel Bar of the Year
Eagle House Hotel and Distillery

Brand Ambassador of the Year
James May, Asian Parsnip Campaign

Innovator of the Year
Destilería Moretti

Craft Producer of the Year
Old Young’s

Highly Commended
BEG Boutique Distillery Dyfi Distillery

Design Agency of the Year

Distiller of the Year
Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Distillery Manager of the Year
Jean-Philippe Bouchard, Distiillerie du Fjord

Highly Commended
Pete and Danny Cameron, Dyfi Distillery

Master Distiller of the Year
Cameron Mackenzie, Four Pillars Distillery

Highly Commended
Dave Withers, Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Sustainable Distillery of the Year
Four Pillars Distillery

Highly Commended
The Ethical Spirits & Co.

Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year
Paul Hanna, Broken Hill Distillery

Visitor Attraction of the Year
Four Pillars Distillery

Highly Commended
Broken Hill Distillery

Online Retailer of the Year
Master of Malt

Spirits Buyer of the Year
Julie Trewren, Master of Malt

World Gin Awards 2023

World’s Best Classic Gin
Hamburg-Zanzibar – Suburban Gin

World’s Best Compound Gin
Kyrö – Rye Gin

World’s Best Contemporary Style Gin
Heritage – Magnolia Gin

World’s Best Flavoured Gin
Mawsim Gin – Tropical Citrus

World’s Best Genever
Juillet Nord Gin

World’s Best London Dry Gin
Roots – Marlborough Dry Gin

World’s Best Matured Gin
Height of Arrows – Heavy Barrel Aged Pedro Ximénez Cask

World’s Best Navy Gin
Junimperium – Navy Strength

World’s Best Old Tom Gin
Hernö – Old Tom Gin

World’s Best Signature Botanical
Perfumer’s Gin – Varec

World’s Best Sloe Gin
Maennerhobby – Sloe Gin

World’s Best Gin Design
Ivaí Gin Range