Shortcross Gin Scores Hat Trick At The Gin Masters

Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong of Rademon Estate Distillery. Picture by Elaine Hill.

As the summer gin season gets under way, Irish distillery, Rademon Estate is celebrating having won a trio of Awards for Shortcross Gin at The Gin Masters 2016.

Shortcross BrambleThe Co. Down Distillery swept the board at the prestigious competition, which attracts entries from leading spirits brands across the world.

Shortcross Gin beat off stiff competition to clinch the highly coveted ‘Master’ accolade in the Ultra Premium category, whilst the Shortcross Cask Aged Gin and Shortcross Gin Wild Clover Edition each picked up Silver Awards in the Cask and Contemporary categories, respectively.

Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong, Rademon Estate Distillery is located at the couple’s historic family estate just outside Downpatrick, Co. Down. The first batch of their lovingly created artisan craft Gin, Shortcross was released in 2014 to great local acclaim and has quickly grown to become a firm favourite amongst gin lovers at home and abroad.

Stocked in leading Irish hotels, restaurants and bars including Belfast’s 5*star, Merchant Hotel, James St South, Europa Hotel, Michelin starred restaurant Ox, the Culloden Estate, Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan, The Westbury in Dublin, Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo and The g in Galway, Shortcross has quickly gained the support of Irish gin lovers, high profile mixologists and chefs due to its distinctive, unique taste.

Shortcross Rademon CupCommenting on the news, Co-Founder and head distiller, David Boyd-Armstrong said: “We are so proud of the success of our three Shortcross Gin expressions at The Gin Masters. This is a highly competitive and prestigious competition. We are driven by a passion to create the finest premium spirits in Ireland and these awards are a testament to the energy, love and commitment we put into crafting our Shortcross Gin.”

Excellence and innovation in distillation is at the heart of the Rademon Estate ethos. Earlier this year, the Distillery released Cask Aged Shortcross Gin and Shortcross Gin Wild Clover Edition, which quickly sold out due to phenomenal demand. Further batches of the two new expressions will be released this summer.

Last year, the Distillery announced that it had laid down the first casks of a new Irish Malt Whiskey, the first bottles of which are expected to be released in summer 2018. There are also plans to open a unique visitor centre at Rademon Estate later in 2016.

Shortcross Gin Masters social media pic 1Co-Founder, Fiona Boyd-Armstrong added: “We are so passionate about Shortcross Gin and we are delighted that our products continue to strike a chord with gin lovers locally, nationally and internationally. The overwhelming response to the release of our limited edition Cask Aged and Wild Clover editions earlier this year was incredible – it’s wonderful to see our vision coming to life.

“We have big plans for Rademon Estate in the months and years ahead and can’t wait to bring forward new innovations, releasing more new and exciting premium spirits, whilst building on the success of Shortcross Gin.”

Shortcross Gin is available to buy across Ireland via and, priced RRP £40/€50 and is distributed to trade across Ireland by JN Wines and Counterpoint. For further information and to find a stockist near you, visit

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