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Croatian Old Pilot’s Gin wins gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Old Pilot’s Gin

8 May 2019 – Old Pilot’s Gin, which is distilled by two former army pilots in Zagreb, Croatia, has won a gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Old Pilot’s Gin, which is created by Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac, won the gold medal for their London Dry Gin.

“This award means the world to us, because not only is an SFWSC medal a testament to the hard work, it’s a universally recognized indicator of exceptional quality and craftsmanship,” the pair said.

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

There was more success for Old Pilot’s as they also won the brozne medal in the Packaging Design Competition at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition for their bottle design. The bottle was designed by Zagreb agency Kofein.

“As spirits shelves become more crowded, aesthetics play a larger role in making a memorable first impression. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition pays homage to these unique, thoughtful aesthetics in the Packaging Design Competition. This separate competition evaluates the creativity, impact, execution, and overall effectiveness of an entrant’s packaging design,” organizers said.

The design of the Old Pilot’s Gin bottle impressed the panel of graphic and packaging design professionals to win the gold medal.

Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac (Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

Bušić and Anadolac met more than 20 years ago at the army pilot academy in Zadar. The gin enthusiasts decided to start a micro-distillery “Duh u boci” (The Spirit in the Bottle) and Old Pilot’s Gin was created.

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

“Old Pilot’s Gin is a London Dry Gin and a true example of Croatian “craft” spirit distilled with a selection of hand picked Croatian botanicals that grow in the Mediterranean and continental parts of Croatia. The special selection consist of Juniper, Sweet and Bitter Oranges, Lavender, Olive leaves, Sage and Angelica. A single bottle packed with best flavours Croatia has to offer”, is how the pair describe the gin.

“We use special techniques for the preparation and distillation in order to preserve all those botanical oils without dominant alcohol notes. The full process from preparation, distillation, maturation, bottling, labeling and wax sealing is done by hand. Every bottle is unique and special.”

(Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

“The shape of the label follows the shape of the plane’s wings, and the plane used for the visual is one of the most recognizable models in history. Every detail on the bottle has a meaning, a role in the story, and all together they unmistakably tell a story that was meant to be told – the story of two passions combined: flying and finest gin spirit,” Kofein, creators of the bottle and brand said.

Old Pilot’s Gin has already won a number of awards, including Best Croatian Craft Gin, a gold medal at the GinUrWay UK competition and a silver medal from the American Distilling Institute.

Halewood Wines & Spirits!

We are proud to have Halewood Wines & Spirits as one of our customers. The Liverpool-based company makes a wide range of spirits, own over 25 brands, and are present in 50 countries, worldwide. Over it’s 190 year history, Halewood has become the largest independent producer and distributor of alcoholic products by volume in the UK.  Here is a picture of one of Halewood’s main distilling halls:

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GD’s distilling team …



Pixel Spirits: Scottish Distillery with Provenance at Heart

Craft Gin distillery with iStill – West Highlands of Scotland

PIXEL SPIRITS distillery is set in the scenic grounds of the Loch Leven Hotel in North Ballachulish, Scottish Highlands.

The Pixel Spirits Distillery is true to craft, being self built from the shell of a 17th century A frame barn. We have painstakingly labored to restore our barn and upgraded it to the standards of a current new build. With our team we have fully insulated and provided the former farm buildings with a new lease of life, ready to meet the demands of a contemporary craft distillery and its team.

Led by Craig, our master distiller, we hand forage botanicals in the local area to create our artisan gins. All our products are carefully handcrafted in small batches of less than 100 bottles – Every bottle we produce is genuinely special!

Our iStill, nicknamed Orsetta (little bear), was chosen to create our delicate and taste rich expressions for the outset. We chose to work with iStill as they are inspirational, constantly evolving their own processes and looking for new ways to better their own technology which in turn leads to development in our fantastic portfolio. They optimize the ethos that just because something has been done the same way for centuries, doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved upon. They are an exciting and forward thinking brand pushing the development of new ideas that ultimately lead to a better quality of product for you!

When you look at Orsetta, and her clean contemporary form, you may notice that she is constructed from Stainless Steel, this was chosen as it is more durable than traditional copper. She is bound by a black insulated jacket which means the whole distillation process is more thermally efficient and that cost saving means that our products can be produced with less heat loss which is not only better for the environment but leads to a better price for our customers.


Personal message to Odin …

Dear Odin,

The beard really looks good on you 😜

I would like to share with you our happiness by informing you that Old Pilot’s Gin won SILVER medal and was certified as craft spirit on ADI 2019.

Also, a few days ago we won GOLD medal in San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2019, in the London Dry Category.

All this makes us very proud and could only have happened with you and iStill.

All the best,


Old Pilot’s Gin …


52eighty Distilling wins big time!

“We are excited to announce that we have won the Gold Medal, in addition to four other awards, from the American Distilling Institute this year!

Come relax in our tasting room that backs up to the Beautiful Rocky Mountains and try these Award Winning Spirits for yourself!”

• Best of Category – Gold Medal: Cackler’s Whiskey
• Certified Craft Spirit – Silver Medal: Cackler’s Whiskey
• Certified Craft Spirit – Bronze Medal: Summer Peach Vodka
• Certified Craft Spirit: Winter Wheat Vodka
• Certified Craft Spirit: Hearthstone Whiskey