Hinch Distillery has racked up a hat-trick of global awards in recent weeks as the Northern Ireland drinks producer received a Gold Award at the Australian International Spirits Competition (AUISC) in the 'contemporary style' category for its Ninth Wave gin.
he awards event, based in Sydney, is run by Australian spirits experts in conjunction with US counterparts and ultimately links winners with international buyers.
The award follows on from two other wins for Hinch Distillery, which also produces a whiskey collection, in the first quarter of 2020.
It also took a Gold Award at the World Gin Awards 2020 in January and last month the limelight was on the company's Hinch Whiskey which received a Silver Medal for its Five Year Old Double Wood at the World Whiskey Awards 2020.
Hinch Distillery chairman Terry Cross said: "We are thrilled that our Ninth Wave Gin continues to impress experts in the spirits field here and at the other side of the world.
"To receive the Gold Award in the contemporary category at the AUISC shows us that while we may be a young company, we've already made many of the right decisions from our inception and we're glad our self-belief is being endorsed by those who know best at home and away.
"It really marks the perfect start to what will be an exciting year for Hinch Distillery as construction revs up for a public launch this summer.
"We would like to congratulate everyone at Hinch for their contribution to the development of this award-winning recipe and, of course, the industry experts who have joined us on this journey."
Mr Cross has invested £15m in Hinch Distillery.
The project will conclude this summer with the opening of the two-floor distillery and additional public features including a visitor centre, coffee shop, public restaurant, pub, outside courtyard space, multi-purpose events spaces catering for weddings to corporate events and a retail shop.
The company is hoping it can continue on its winning streak as it awaits the results of the International Spirits Challenge due to be published in May.
It has entered five of its Hinch Whiskey 'The Whiskey That Understands Time' range into the competition in both the Premium Blends, Pot Still and Single Malts categories.
Ninth Wave Irish Gin is also being entered in its respective category, hoping for a third gold in a row.
Considered one of the most authoritative respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, the International Spirits Challenge is currently in its 25th year.