The Spirit of Wakefield Scoops Silver Medals in International Awards

04 September 2018

Nightingale’s Gin, Wakefield’s first commercial gin brand, has won a brace of silver medals at one of the world’s most highly acclaimed spirit competitions.

The International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) awarded Nightingale’s West Riding Dry Gin a silver medal in its class and a second silver medal in the Gin & Tonic category.

Distiller and founder of Nightingale’s Gin, David Owens said “We entered our dry gin into the competition earlier this year but didn’t really expect to gain anything from it after only launching in December 2017.  We entered the competition as we were keen to benchmark ourselves against other distillers as we were confident that we were making a very special gin right from the start.

It was always our goal to give Wakefield a gin and a brand that was good enough for us to shout about across the region and beyond, and we’re obviously pretty chuffed to have achieved that in the first seven months of production.”

Nightingale’s Gin is produced in very, very small batches of only 30 bottles a time and they are all produced, hand bottled and labelled by David himself. All styles have a very local influence in some shape or form and you only have to hear David chat about the background of the brand to know that he is serious about promoting a more premium Wakefield.

“We went into some crazy detail when we put the brand together, The Nightingale’s name was inspired by the diaries of Charles Waterton, our 8 botanicals represent the year 1888 when Wakefield achieved city status, the rose of the West Riding of Yorkshire features on the inside of the back label as we were the seat of the West Riding from 1889 and the black/gold colour scheme represents the coal industry that flourished in the 1800’s and the hearts of gold of the people of Wakefield.  We also feature the Fleur de Lys that was a symbol of Wakefield since the 1500’s.

Even the Rhubarb & Mulberry gin has a tale to tell as rhubarb was used to represent our position in the rhubarb triangle, and mulberries to tip the hat to our nursery rhyme producing mulberry tree hidden in the heart of our city centre.”

As well as winning awards, Nightingale’s Gin have been working very hard to establish themselves locally and you can drink Nightingale’s Gin in a host of city centre bars. 

You can try it at Wakefield Beer Exchange, Elliott’s Bar, Jock’s Cavern, The Quarter, Supper Club, The Establishment, The Old Print Works, Harry’s Bar, Qubana, Robatary, Iris Restaurant and The Black Horse if you’re out for the night. 

You can also pick up a bottle at Vintoto (Westgate Station), Bier Huis (Ossett), Blackerhall Farm Shop, Latitude Wines (Leeds), Starmore Boss (Sheffield), D&R Group (Aire Street Castleford) and Wakefield Beer Exchange (Bullring, Wakefield).

Nightingale’s Gin will also be showcasing at The Wakefield Gin Experience on the 22nd September alongside some of the regions finest gin producers where they will present their core range, some of their limited edition releases and a new gin distilled exclusively for the host venue. 

This independently managed festival will be held in the converted mill space at The Hepworth Wakefield and tickets are available through the Hepworth website:

“If you love gin or even think you don’t like gin but could be a convert then this is the festival for you, you will meet the region’s best distillers and get to chat to them and even involve yourself in a masterclass or two while we show off our awards and our delicious gin, so come an join the fun and get yourself a little ginspiration” said David.