Aberdeenshire gin wins again

An ultra-premium gin from Aberdeenshire has won a Silver Medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition (“SFWSC”), considered one of the most influential spirits contests in the world.

HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’, created in 2019 by brothers Callum and Peter Sim of Raven Spirits Ltd, was one of a select number of gins from around the world to secure a medal in the competition.The judging was held in San Francisco in March, when the judging panel blind- tasted around 3,000 entries from 65 countries, across more than 100 individual categories.

SFWSC states that Silver Medals are awarded to 'Outstanding spirits that show refinement, finesse, and complexity; these winners are among the best examples of their categories'.

HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ has achieved incredible success since its launch less than a year ago, having previously won a Gold and a Silver Medal at The Spirits Business’ Gin Masters competition in July 2019. It joins its sister gin HRAFN GIN ‘Thought & Memory’ in the Raven Spirits range, itself also a multiple gold and silver medal winner in International Competitions, including SFWSC. The SFWSC Silver Medal for HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ further endorses the brothers’ commitment to creating a range of high-quality Gins.

Peter said: “We are proud of HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ and thrilled it has been recognised again on the global stage. This SFWSC Silver Medal validates our refusal to compromise on quality.

“We put considerable thought, care and focus into creating the very best spirits we can. It is important to both of us that everything that is created and produced by Raven Spirits is of the highest standard.”

HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ brings together a mix of traditional botanicals and its signature mandarin, to provide a modern slant to the classic London Dry Gin. The hallmark of this award-winning ultra-premium gin is an elegant and velvet smooth spirit with a middle section of warming spice and a long lingering finish of delicate mandarin. This gives HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ a remarkable flavour profile and intensity, that sets it apart.

As for the brand name, ‘HRAFN’? It takes its inspiration from Callum’s life-long interest in Norse Mythology and is pronounced “Ra-Vn” meaning Raven in Old Norse. Valhalla takes its name from “the Hall of the Fallen”. In Norse myth, Viking warriors slain in heroic battle are raised by the Valkyries to enter Valhalla and join the warrior elite (the “Einherjar”). HRAFN GIN ‘Valhalla’ (49% ABV) retails at £44. For further product information, visit http://www.hrafngin.com/

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