BRIGHTON Gin has won a silver medal at the International Spirits Challenge Tasting Awards 2018.

The awards attract more than 1,500 entries from 70 countries and is considered the international standard for quality and excellence.

Hand-made in small batches by a tiny team in a distillery in Portslade, Brighton Gin is a small, independent artisan producer founded by distiller and broadcaster Kathy Caton in 2014.

Each bottle of Brighton Gin is filled, labelled and wax sealed by hand, the label in the distinctive blue of Brighton’s seafront railings.

The taste profile features organic British grain spirit, juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally-grown coriander seed and liver-friendly milk thistle and is the result of two years of recipe development.

This isn’t the first time that Brighton Gin has succeeded when it comes to national and international recognition.

Brighton Gin was voted the UK’s best gin in a public vote, winning The People’s Choice Gin in the 2017 People’s Drinks Awards.

It also won a number of awards at the International Wines and Spirits competition 2017, taking silver for best London dry gin, bronze for best gin and tonic, gold for packaging and the overall “White Spirits” packaging trophy.

Kathy Caton said: “With such a variety of gins out there offering many different profiles as well as creative branding, to be awarded this for our taste by the ISC is a huge deal for us.

“When we set out on this journey nearly years years ago we wanted to create a world class spirit as well as one that our beloved city of Brighton and Hove deserves.”

Brighton Gin can increasingly be found far and wide from The Holborn Dining Room, the Corinthia Hotel and the Kensington in London to the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and the Atlas in Singapore.

It is the only gin served in both the i360 tower on Brighton’s seafront and the Brighton Dome concert hall.

Retail stockists include Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, Master of Malt, selected Marks and Spencer stores and Brighton and Hove independents such as Quaff, Seven Cellars and Twenty One Wines.

Stockists further afield include Yapp Bros, Tanners of Shrewsbury and fromvineyardsdirect.