A small German distillery, which has been selling its gin for only about 18 months, has been named the winner of this year’s prestigious Gin & Tonic Trophy.

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It beat off the challenge of more than 600 different gin distillers from 90 countries competing in London at the industry’s annual International Wine and Spirit Competition.

The event also awards numerous prizes to entrants representing winemakers and also distillers of other spirits including brandy, whisky, bourbon and rum.

The victorious GINSTR – Stuttgart Dry defeated many well-known international brands on its way to claiming the award which goes to the producer of the best gin for use in a gin and tonic.

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The gin also received the gold medal at the World Spirits Award held earlier this year.

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The Stuttgart distillery started life as the hobby of Alexander Franke, 34, and Markus Escher, 27.

Their gin itself is still being made only in small quantities, using their own distillery and juniper berries which they grow themselves, along with other ingredients from the Stuttgart region.

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