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Leicestershire distillery celebrates prestigious industry ratings and award win

Leicestershire distillery celebrates prestigious industry ratings and award win

Burleighs’ National Forest Gin, produced in collaboration with the expert foresters, has received a five-star rating in Difford’s Guide and secured 90 points earning it a silver award in the prestigious International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC) - the world's largest and most influential international spirit awards. 

Difford’s Guide provides drinkers with information and expertise on what to drink and how, whilst the ISWC is judged by renowned experts from across the global spirits trade and involves a tightly structured and rigorous tasting process. The ‘double blind’ method sees samples tasted in pre-poured numbered glasses to ensure the experts never see a bottle for full impartiality. 

The IWSC described the gin as “gorgeously rounded”, having “lovely clean flavours of bitter orange and coriander” and a “gloriously dry finish”, whilst Difford’s Guide outlined its “attractive earthiness”, “assertive spice” and “delicate floral and fruity notes”.  

Inspired by the area that surrounds the distillery in Nanpantan and created to provide vital funds and support to the National Forest, a donation from every hand-crafted bottle goes to the forestry organisation and supports its work planting and caring for woodland in the Midlands. 

The achievements build on Burleighs Gin’s success in the 2021 IWSC awards, where its Distiller’s Cut Gin was presented a silver accolade and its Pink Edition Gin and Signature Gin won bronze prizes from the distinguished panel, while the National Forest Gin is the third Burleighs product to score a five-star rating, along with Distiller’s Cut Gin and Pink Edition Gin. 

Sam Watson, commercial director at Burleighs Gin said of the news:

“The National Forest Gin is the first addition to the core range in two years, so for it to be well-received is fantastic news. 

“Both the ISWC and the Difford’s Guide ratings are highly regarded by the alcohol industry but also by consumers who are passionate about gin. We hope that the awards highlight The National Forest’s quality and flavour to our existing fans and new ones too, along with its purpose and environmentally-led approach – something we know gin drinkers want to see and buy more of.” 

The National Forest Gin can be purchased on the Burleighs Gin website for £37.50 (70cl at 40% ABV). Visit to order. 

Gin lovers can also try the award-winning gin via the distillery’s popular tours and gin distilling experiences at its revamped headquarters, based on Bawdon Lodge Farm near Loughborough. To book tickets, visit: 


For more information about The National Forest, visit: 


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