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Inglewhite distillery toasts international gold award for newest gin

Posted on - 29th June, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston News, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley News
The Wild Fox team at the Family Business Awards
The Wild Fox team at the Family Business Community Awards

Inglewhite gin company Wild Fox Distillery has been recognised at this year’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.

The firm secured one of only ten coveted gold medals awarded to English gins for its latest creation, Mane Event, which earned an extraordinary 95-point score.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is the most respected global wine and spirits community, renowned for its expertise, influence and personal approach.

The IWSC judges noted Mane Event’s “vibrant medley of mandarin and honey aromas with a bright sweet lemon and tea character on the palate. The rich flavours complement each other wonderfully, building to a memorable green pepper hit on the finish”.

Wild Fox range
The Wild Fox range

Wild Fox was founded by fourth-generation dairy farmers Lizzie and Rob Billington, who diversified into artisan gin crafting in 2019.

A family business to its core, the distillery takes its name from Lizzie and Rob’s affectionate nickname for their young, red-headed daughters, Annie and Besty – their very own little wild foxes.

Taking a field-to-glass approach, the husband-and-wife duo endeavour to keep all elements of production on their Inglewhite farm, creating flavours from the wealth of fruits and botanicals that the land has to offer.

Read more: Special gin launched for Preston Caribbean Carnival’s 50th anniversary celebrations

Lizzie said: “We are beyond thrilled to share the news of our Mane Event Gin winning Gold at this year’s IWSC competition. Receiving such recognition for the immense effort, love and care we put into crafting true micro-batch gin is truly humbling.”

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