DB Awards 2016: a report on the winners

Best Design & Packaging in Spirits

Isle of Harris ginWinner – Isle of Harris Gin by Stranger & Stranger

Stranger & Stranger triumphed again for its innovative design for Isle of Harris Gin. The only gin made in the Outer Hebrides, Stranger & Stranger took the brand’s location and its use of kelp and weaved those elements into the bottle design, from its sea blue colour to its twisted glass.

Judges praised the striking bottle’s shelf stand out and the way it powerfully communicated gin cues in an understated way. “The simple bottle and its marine colour gives it a sense of place. It’s clean, clever, impactful and isn’t trying too hard,” said one judge.

QuinineRunner-up: Quinine Gin by ATOM Supplies

Atom Supplies Ltd were our runner up for their work on 1897 Quinine Gin, which is made using cinchona bark – the traditional source of quinine. £5 of each bottle sold goes to Malaria No More UK.

Our judges loved the square bottle’s dramatic shelf stand out through an elegant design that pays attention to detail, from the wax seal to the cinchona tree that can be seen when you peer into the bottle. “The design is both beautiful and tells a story,” said one judge.

Chivas Regal The IconSpecial commendation: Chivas Regal ‘The Icon’ by Coley Porter Bell

A special commendation was awarded to Coley Porter Bell for Chivas Regal’s top drop The Icon, which our judges deemed to be a tasteful interpretation of ultra luxury packaging via its cream and green colour scheme, leather presentation case that harks back to the golden age of travel, and craft detailing. “It’s a stunning execution of an elegant and pared down approach to luxury”, said one judge.

The shortlist:            

• Chivas Regal ‘The Icon’ by Coley Porter Bell
• Isle of Harris Gin by Stranger & Stranger
• Quinine Gin by ATOM Supplies
• Sauza Tequila by Webb de Vlam

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