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World Gin Awards 2022: Croatian Old Pilot’s wins gold

Old Pilot’s Gin from Croatia claims gold world awards

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Old Pilot’s Gin from Croatia, which is distilled by two former Croatian Air Force cadet pilots has won another gold medal at a prestigious world awards.

Old Pilot’s London Dry gin has won gold at one of the most influential competitions in the world, the World Gin Awards 2022 in the UK.

“It is with with great pleasure that we announce another Gold medal in our portfolio. World Gin Awards 2022. Best Croatian London Dry Gin. We appreciate what we have in our products portfolio, where we are comparing to what we have started with and who we have as our clients, partners and friends. Thank you all. Let’s celebrate,” Old Pilot’s said.

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Old Pilot’s Gin was founded by Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac who met more than 20 years ago at the army pilot academy in Zadar. 

The gin enthusiasts decided to start a micro-distillery “Duh u boci” (The Spirit in the Bottle) a fews years ago and Old Pilot’s Gin was created.

“Old Pilot’s Gin is a London Dry Gin and a true example of Croatian “craft” spirit distilled with a selection of hand picked Croatian botanicals that grow in the Mediterranean and continental parts of Croatia. The special selection consist of Juniper, Sweet and Bitter Oranges, Lavender, Olive leaves, Sage and Angelica. A single bottle packed with best flavours Croatia has to offer”, is how the pair describe the gin.

Old Pilot’s Gin from Croatia claims gold world awards

Hrvoje Bušić and Tomislav Anadolac (Photo: Old Pilot’s Gin)

The duo use special techniques for the preparation and distillation in order to preserve all those botanical oils without dominant alcohol notes. The full process from preparation, distillation, maturation, bottling, labelling and wax sealing is done by hand. Every bottle is unique and special.

The gin has won numerous International awards, including gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London, Best Croatian Craft Gin, the London Dry Gin Trophy 2019 award and gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021.

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