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Local Gin lands four awards at the American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Competition

By Whisky Live Staff 17-10-2017

Home grown, handcrafted dry gin - Ginifer - has been recognised with three international awards in the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Craft Spirits competition, while Westcliff, a gin that belongs to the same stable, was also recognised.

The panel of experts who evaluated the South African gin brands in a blind tasting, included a mix of Distillers, Journalists, Bar Owners, Bartenders, Retailers, Wholesalers, Distributors and Importers. Ginifer was unanimously awarded the Silver Medal for International Contemporary Grain-to-Glass Gin. Ginifer Chilli Infused Gin walked away with both the Best of Category Award for International Signature Botanical/ Flavoured Gin and the Silver Medal for International Signature Botanical/ Flavoured Gin. Westcliff was awarded a Bronze Medal in the category for Best International Contemporary Gin.

According to Jacqueline Grobler, the founder of Angel Heart Beverages and the manufacturer of the award winning spirits, gin is like making perfume – it is pure alchemical magic. “The complexity of working with a live botanical, manipulating the oils to create the taste you are after, is quite a heady experience and incredibly rewarding. These international awards are proof that we are getting it right,” she says.

“We use 13 gin botanicals, the bulk of which are sourced from across Europe, combined with African botanicals used in traditional healing. A few of these unique botanicals are sourced from the Faraday Muthi Market in Eloff Street in the Jo’burg CBD. Including these local botanicals gives our gin a distinctive taste and smell and with a heavy botanical load, it can handle stronger flavours without getting lost. Strong spices, fruit and good quality tonic water compliment this gin beautifully - a quality the judges liked.”

Adding to this Grobler says that the measure of a good gin is that it can be enjoyed neat, and Ginifer is very good served neat over ice.

Ginifer and Westcliff Gin are both copper distilled and take four days to make. The ageing process takes a further two months. Everything is done in-house: the Groblers distil, blend and bottle on site at their Gauteng distillery.

Ginifer is currently available online from and, as well as selected bottle stores, bars and restaurants nationwide.

Taste Ginifer at Whisky & Spirits Live on at the Sandton Convention Centre from 8 – 10 November. Book your tickets here.

Drink responsibly. No under 18s allowed.

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