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Shortcross Gin scoops three taste awards

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down family-run gin maker has walked away with three awards during an event which attracts some of the world’s top spirit companies.

Shortcross Gin, which is produced at the grand Rademon Estate outside Downpatrick, took the ‘master’ award in the category for ‘ultra premium’ gins, while its cask aged spirit and ‘wild clover’ edition each picked up silver awards.

The distillery is run by husband and wife team David and Fiona Boyd-Armstrong, who opened the Rademon Estate Distillery in 2012.

David Boyd-Armstrong said the pair are “so proud of the success of our three Shortcross Gin expressions”.

“This is a highly competitive and prestigious competition. We are driven by a passion to create the finest premium spirits in Ireland and these awards are a testament to the energy, love and commitment we put into crafting our Shortcross Gin,” he added.

Since it began producing one of Northern Ireland’s small-batch gins, Shortcross is now stocked at a range of top hotels, bars and restaurants. Among the venues is the five-star Merchant Hotel and Belfast’s Michelin-starred restaurant Ox.

“The overwhelming response to the release of our limited edition Cask Aged and Wild Clover editions earlier this year was incredible, it’s wonderful to see our vision coming to life,”  Fiona Boyd-Armstrong said.

“We have big plans for Rademon Estate in the months and years ahead and can’t wait to bring forward new innovations, releasing more new and exciting premium spirits, whilst building on the success of Shortcross Gin.”

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