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New Zealand Gin Awards 2021

We are pleased to launch The Junipers 2021, New Zealand’s Gin Awards.
The gin category has seen significant growth in recent years with gin distillers consistently creating new and exciting gins in New Zealand and overseas.
This is an opportunity to showcase your brand, increase awareness to consumers and a chance to promote an awarded brand in New Zealand.
We invited gins from around the world to be entered into one of seven gin categories and to be tasted and rated by an expert judging panel.


We are excited to announce the winners of The Junipers 2021. We had a fantastic year of entries and congratulations to all of our winners. 

Full list of winners.


Entries are now closed for 2021

The Junipers 2021 T&C’s


Classic Dry

Produced using a clean base spirit with a neutral taste, allowing the distilled flavours of the botanicals to come through. The flavouring must be added during or before the distillation process. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37% abv. Classic Dry Gin cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially.

Contemporary Modern 


Heroes other botnaical profiles, including floral, herbaceous, and earthy. 


A distilled gin that has been matured in wooden barrels for any length of time. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37% abv. Matured Gin cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially other than that obtained from the barrel itself.

Navy Stength 

A Distilled Gin bottled at a minimum of 50% abv.

Best New Zealand in Class 


Gin distilled in New Zealand. Must score a gold. 

Contemporary Dry 

Gin with a predominant flavour of anything other than juniper. Juniper is always present, but the gin overall may have a character which emphasizes other botanicals. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37% abv. Contemporary Style Gin cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially.

Old Tom

Old Tom is a sweeter, less-botanical version of gin. Old Tom’s sweetness is derived from naturally sweet botanicals, malts or added sugar. It is generally considered richer in flavour than London Dry Gin. Must be bottled at a minimum of 37% abv. Old Tom cannot be coloured or flavoured artificially.

Flavoured Gin

A Distilled Gin that has been flavoured with fruit or other botanicals, typically via infusion or maceration. 

Gin Liqueurs


Gin liqueur is made from distilled gin and infused with flavourings and sweeteners such as fruit, confectionary, and sugar, meaning that its alcohol content is lower than gin and its sugar content is higher. With an ABV of 20%


Kenny Ariaens

Kenny’s journey and experience has taken him from student pubs to cocktail bars, then on to beverage consultant in South East Asia and after returning home, into the realm of Brand Ambassador life.

Tash McGill

Tash is a spirits writer, expert and and ambassador for all things brewed, fermented and distilled. As Aōtearoa’s leading spirits writer, Tash is uniquely committed to promoting our emerging whisky community and continuing to educate and explore the global whisky scene. 

Mikey Ball 

Mikey Ball is a hospitality professional with more than a decade of international experience, including serving as head bartender at the award winning Dandelyan In London. Originally from New Zealand, Mikey has returned to NZ with a focus on developing the local hospitality community through training, consultancy and several special projects.

Soren Crabb

Soren is the owner and distiller at 1919 Distilling who incorporate New Zealand’s finest ingredients with kiwi ingenuity to produce innovative, first-rate spirits.. Soren has created multi-award winning products to complement the NZ and overseas markets. 




If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact us at: contact@thejunipers.co.nz

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