WINNER, WINNER, VENISON DINNER
Last week, we swapped country paths for city streets. But navigating the cobbled lanes of Scotland’s capital is not so easy when you’ve left your walking boots at home. It turned out, however, that the Scottish Rural Awards were worth the wobbly journey – it was an award-winning night!
We introduced you to Avva Scottish Gin when we started the Country Meets Creative journey back in July and after months of engaging new audiences on social media, helping founder Jill Brown to launch her new limited edition Cask Finish and creating viral content, we were proud to be asked to represent the brand as it stood up for the Artisan Drinks award.
I hadn’t been to Dynamic Earth – the venue for the awards – since I was little but the high ceilings and starry sky was just as I had remembered. We enjoyed a glass of champagne and caught up with our friends over at Kirkjuvagr who we had the pleasure of meeting on our recent trip to the Orkney Gin Festival before sitting down to a very impressive dinner (the venison main was delicious!). With Dougie Viapond on the mic cracking jokes about his days in Deacon Blue and good company in Xanthella, Coulstoun and the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative who were seated at our table, it was a really enjoyable night.
But then the nail biting moment arrived. The announcement of the Artisan Drinks winners.
The category was tough, filled with craft companies producing outstanding drinks like Orkney Distilling, Wild Thyme Spirits and Deerness Distillery. But Dougie soon gave the game away and announced Avva Scottish Gin as the Highly Commended winner! After collecting the award, all we had to do was wake new mum Jill up to tell her the good news – sorry, Jill!
We love working with people who are so passionate about their rural business and seeing how hard Jill has worked to build her distillery on Speyside and launch three fantastic products within her first year of trading, the award was more than well deserved. So, we’ll raise our gin glass to Jill for bringing home an award and flying the flag for Speyside. A huge thanks must also go to the team at the Scottish Rural Awards for organising such a great event.