Penwortham No.1 Fairham Gin secures three-star accolade at Great Taste Awards

Posted on - 6th August, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Penwortham, Proud Preston, South Ribble News
Liam Stemson and Ellis McKeown

A gin firm has landed a three-star award at this year’s Great Taste Awards for its ‘Ochre Edition’.


Penwortham distillery Fairham Gin is now amongst the top global food and drink producers after securing the award for their Ochre Edition, with their Signature Edition picking up a one-star award.

A three-star is the highest rating, awarded to ‘extraordinarily tasty food and drink’, with only 1.5 per cent achieving the accolade from 14,205 entries across 110 countries.

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Ellis and Liam at Fairham Gin Distillery

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

“The pink grapefruit, juniper, clove, and coriander warmth came through on the palate, and the transition from nose to taste was special.

“The mouthfeel is full and well-rounded. The blend was incredibly balanced, nuanced and refreshing – juicy and delicious – even more uplifting with tonic. Wow.”

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Signature Edition was also one of the 39.1 per cent of products entered to receive a Great Taste award in 2022 after being described as ‘a perfect citrus-laden G and T experience’.

After passing through the rigorous blind judging process, they dubbed Ochre Edition ‘a truly top-notch gin’.

The judges said: “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 exotic citrus.”

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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.

The Penwortham pair began distilling their craft gin after wanting to make their mark in the industry by creating editions that ‘boast a contemporary take’ on a traditional dry gin.

Ellis McKeown said: “This is an enormous achievement for us and our Lancashire gin.

“The Great Taste three-star awards are something you see on the best products in supermarkets across the country.

“We couldn’t be more proud to attach the unmistakable black and gold logo to our Ochre Edition bottle – a stamp of excellence recognised by retailers and consumers alike.”

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Their multi-award-winning Signature and Ochre Editions are vapour-infused, non-chill filtered and stand at 45 per cent ABV.

Liam said: “To have two popular award-winning editions in our range makes it all worthwhile and is why we started our gin journey.

“We saw a gap in the market where, despite the recent demand for flavoured gin, your traditional juniper-forward gin was making a comeback amongst consumers.

“We wanted to show that you can create something unique in terms of distinctive taste, profile and character whilst still celebrating the main ingredient of what gin should be; the juniper.”

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