Judges from the Society of Spirits Writers have selected Corgi Spirits Earl Grey and Pembroke Gin as winners of the 2019 John Barleycorn Awards Taste Competition. The Earl Grey Gin was awarded a Double Gold for earning top marks from all judges and the Pembroke Gin was awarded a Gold for meeting their very high standards.

The John Barleycorn Society is an elite team of the world’s top spirits journalists and industry professionals who foster a modern approach to recognizing excellence in the spirits industry. Among their many duties is administering the flagship component of the John Barleycorn Awards, a double-blind tasting competition that factors in appearance, aroma, taste and finish. They spent several years perfecting the 100-point scale, which is destined to become the preeminent arbitrator of spirits taste, quality and character, while honoring the innovative distillers who cultivate the fertile traditions of the spirits industry

Earl Grey Gin Tasting Notes from the Judges:

  • Very Pleasant

  • Strong notes of tea leaf on the nose. More tea on the palate with bright notes of juniper, lemon peel and coriander. Long, soft, lingering finish with a hint of tea leaf.

  • This is special. The tea notes are balanced and make this gin pretty and different.

  • Floral and tea notes mingle with juniper and a hint of lemon. A nice touch.

Pembroke Gin Tasting Notes from the Judges:

  • It is really nicely balanced.

  • Clean notes of juniper and black pepper and a long, vegetal finish.

  • Really enjoy this. Tons going on with earthy moments, fruity moments, and a spicy peppery finish. It keeps evolving.

  • Herbal and earthy.

  • This would be lovely in a bees knees cocktail.

  • Spicy botanicals which breath nicely and is savory on the palate.