1.Greater Than No Sleep gin, Goa
NAO Spirits—makers of Greater Than and Hapusa—launched their No Sleep coffee-infused gin in collaboration with Sleepy Owl Coffee earlier this year. The limited edition gin uses 100% Arabica coffee from Chikmagalur, without any sugar or artificial flavours.
What they won: Silver, with a score of 92.
Tasting notes according to IWSC: “Rich and vibrant, brimming with complex dark coffee aromas and flavours. Supporting notes of prune and earth sit upon a delicious backbone of freshly ground coffee.”
2.Trading Tides Gin, Goa
From Third Eye Distillery—the group behind Stranger & Sons gin—Trading Tides has been created in collaboration with Australian distillery Four Pillars. The citrus-forward gin combines Australian flavours like lemon myrtle and river mint with Indian ingredients like kokum, tamarind and mangosteen.
What they won: Silver, with a score of 90
Tasting notes according to IWSC: “The elegance of angelica root aromas lead onto a warming palate and pleasing mouthfeel. Citrus notes balance well with spices that linger enjoyably. Well balanced, and also a great length to flavours.”
3.Stranger & Sons
India’s third gin to come to market, Stranger & Sons was launched in 2018 by Third Eye Distillery in Goa, where it is produced. With ingredients from across the country, including their own garden, Stranger & Sons shines with a healthy dose of juniper, along with a hit of black pepper, nutmeg, mace, coriander seed, angelica, liquorice, cassia and citrus peels. The company was co-founded by Sakshi Saigal with cousin Vidur Gupta and her husband Rahul Mehra, who is also co-founder of Gateway Brewing Co. and SVAMI artisanal tonic waters and mixers. The gin has a bright, citrus-forward character that makes it enjoyable as a refreshing G&T. Stranger & Sons is available in Goa, Mumbai and Pune in India.