OakVilla Distillery wins fourth International award with gin distilled in Norfolk

Gin distilled in Norfolk has won a fourth International award since 2018 from the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition).

OakVilla Distillery would like to share the news that our gin distilled in Norfolk has won a fourth International award since 2018 from the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition).

Vryheid Gin previously won a Silver medal in the Contemporary category, a Bronze medal in the London Dry Category and another Bronze medal in the Gin and Tonic category with Double Dutch Cucumber and Watermelon tonic.  On the 7 August 2020 the IWSC judges announced that OakVilla Distillery has won another Bronze medal with one of the distilleries best selling gins Heat of Oak in the Wood Finished/Rested category. 

The judges tasting notes for Heart of Oak Gin:  Banana cake softness with creamy vanilla topping, smooth wood spice and a hot finish.

The IWSC receive entries from over 90 countries worldwide with thousands of samples tested by some of the industry’s biggest names.  The IWSC has tight technical controls that are to the highest quality standards to ensure consistent standards year after year.  These standards include organoleptic judgement as well as a chemical analysis.  The IWSC is known as an exceptionally prestigious award worldwide and the Hancke family is extremely pleased with Vryheid and now the performance of Heart of Oak gin in the competition. 

Heart of Oak gin offers tribute to the brave from the past and present, acknowledging the sacrifices made to achieve and retain freedom in its many forms, with special regard towards Norfolk’s Lord Nelson and all generations of the naval service’s ‘hearts of oak’.  The artwork on the decanter was done by local Dr Kate Grant who expressed the essence of the gin by illustrating Kett’s Oak in Wymondham on the decanter. 

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