Congrats Jonathan and Sarah!

03 March 2020
Students of the iStill University and owners of an iStill 500 ... The iStill Team congratulates Jonathan and Sarah Nelson on their amazing success! By Miranda Rock, March 3rd 2020

In an increasingly competitive craft gin market, The River Test Distillery has eclipsed the competition to scoop the highest accolade of Best London Dry Gin in England at The World Gin Awards 2020.

Presented by leading drinks industry publication, Gin Magazine, these awards select, reward and promote the best gins to consumers and trade across the world.

The River Test is internationally renowned for its gin-clear waters and unique flora and fauna, which inspired husband and wife team, Jonathan and Sarah Nelson, to launch The River Test Distillery from their home in Longparish, Hampshire.

Their award-winning London Dry Gin uses pure, chalk-filtered water drawn from the aquifer which feeds into the river. They use local botanicals in their recipe which includes handpicked meadowsweet flowers and rosemary, mixed with juniper, angelica, coriander, cassia bark, orange and lemon peel.

The judges’ tasting notes for the River Test Distillery London Dry Gin include "Very fruity and soft spice on the nose” and "a very good complexity and well balanced juniper notes."

Commenting on the win, Anthony Denny, Publisher and Managing Editor of Gin Magazine said: "The River Test Distillery’s enthusiasm is unrelentingly infectious and nailing the best English London Dry is an absolutely enormous achievement. Their success speaks volumes for the dedication and skill of what is the bedrock of British gin production.”

The River Test Distillery’s, Sarah Nelson, said: “to be recognised by such leading authorities in the drinks industry, and so early on in our journey, is incredible. We are over the moon!

The River Test London Dry Gin is produced in small batches and to purchase a bottle visit

From Hampshire to the world’s stage, where next for this award-winning gin?

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Wow, Sarah and Jonathan just emailed us: "We simply couldn’t have done it without istill and we’re very proud to have joined the list of istill customers that have the awards to prove how great the istill is. We’re very proud to be associated with you all! Massive thank you to all the team there! Jonathan and Sarah"


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