An artisan gin created by a Stirling couple in their kitchen has been crowned winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award.
June and Cameron McCann’s popular tipple Stirling Gin was given the honour by Country Living Fairs following their Christmas Fair in Glasgow.
The gin was among a shortlist of 18 different products, including ceramics, textiles, speciality cheeses, handmade oils and unusual festive wreaths, which were selected by the organisers.
It was then up to the thousands of people who visited the annual Fair to vote for their favourite.
June said: “It’s the first time we’ve won an award and it’s fantastic this is something which was voted for by people who came along to the Fair and looked at and tried the products on offer.
“We’re really chuffed that the public chose Stirling Gin and it’s a lovely end to what has been a great year for us.”
A spokesman for Country Living Fairs said: “We are excited to announce that, in a very closely fought contest, the winner of the Glasgow People’s Choice Award is Stirling Gin.
“Big congratulation to its creators – husband and wife duo Cameron and June – who installed a tiny copper pot in their Stirling kitchen in 2015 and set about perfecting a recipe. We'll drink to that!”
Stirling Gin has gone from strength to strength since the McCanns decided to create their own gin and began experimenting with different botanicals almost two years ago.
They installed a tiny copper pot still, nicknamed Jinty, in their Bridge of Allan kitchen and set about distilling and blending different combinations – eventually settling on their perfect recipe after almost 50 tweaks.
After finalising the recipe for Stirling Gin, the couple scaled up the quantities and formed a working partnership with Glasgow Distillery to help them with production.
The first batch was distilled last October and the drink was launched at the Stirling Gin Festival the following month.
Stirling Gin now sells at a variety of outlets across the UK and is the main sponsor of Olympic medal winning Scottish curlers Team Murdoch.