West-Sussex Based Producer Wins Gold at Prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition

Foxhole Spirits is delighted to announce that HYKE Gin has won Gold in the Gin-Contemporary’category at the2019 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). @foxholespirits @theIWSC #HYKEgin #IWSC

Recently launched in March this year, HYKE is created using grape spirit produced from internationally sourced, fresh table grapes that are surplus to the requirements of the supermarket supply chain. HYKE’s distinctive character comes from the unique blend of botanicals inspired by the grapes’ African and South American origins, including coriander, myrrh and rooibos.

HYKE is the second product in the Foxhole Spirits’ portfolio following in the award winning footsteps of Foxhole Gin, which is distilled with a spirit made using English grapes from vineyards in the South East of England, produced from the tonnes of pressed grapes thrown away every year. Co-founders Sam Linter and James Oag-Cooper created Foxhole Gin after pursuing their passion for sustainability and utilising the by-products of winemaking.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. Judging for the competition’s awards which are believed to be among some of the highest honours in the industry is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 400 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Gold medal winning wines and spirits are then subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

The IWSC judges’ tasting notes describe HYKE as: “A delightful gin with superb complexity; a nose of zesty citrus peel and coriander leads to onto flavours of vanilla, resinous juniper and cedar wood, and a long complex finish.”

MD and co-founder, James Oag-Cooper comments: “We are extremely proud to have won Gold at the IWSC this year with HYKE Gin.  Since HYKE is made using grapes which are surplus to the supermarket supply chain, this accolade is proof that the raw material is amazing and shows what quality can be created from otherwise unused materials. 

James continues: Many local establishments and bar tenders have embraced our products and us as a brand because of our creativity and focus on innovation. Winning a gold medal in this competition shows that Foxhole Spirits is truly worthy of their support, which we are extremely grateful for.”

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