All six flavours also won Gold Design Medals for their striking, colourful modern Irish branding.
Poachers range of Premium mixed drinks are made sustainably in County Wexford using native Irish ingredients and this recognition by the UK-based Bartenders Brand Awards builds on Poachers’ international success at the renowned Spirits Business Global Masters Series last year where its Wild Tonic beat-off competition from 95 products around the world to claim the Taste Master Award inthe inaugural Tonic and Mixers category.
Poachers now exports to over eight countries and is available in some of the most prestigious and innovative Irish bars and restaurants worldwide.
Gold Taste Medal Winner Poachers Classic Tonic with Irish Thyme blends spring water, natural Quinine, Lemon Hibiscus and hand-picked Irish Thyme.
“Its delicate balance of herbal and citrus notes complement premium and craft gins and it excels in an evening adult aperitif with a vermouth or a quality tequila,” states the company.
Silver Taste Medal Winner Poachers Wild Tonic brings a taste of Summer, blending Irish Elderflower with fresh Lemon and natural Quinine.
“The natural sugars are carefully balanced to ensure they do not overpower the wild Elderflower and citrus components,” points out Poachers, “Wild is well-suited to lighter-style pink and fruiter gins or over ice as a sophisticated non-alcoholic adult serve.”
Silver Taste Medal Winner Poachers Ginger Ale combines mineral-rich Irish spring water with the very best organic Ginger and organic Apples from two Irish orchards, with hints of fresh Lime.
“Dry, lower in sugar, with a very subtle spice, the focus is not to overpower the caramels of whiskey but to add the warmth and spice of ginger and the freshness of apples and lime,” states the company.
Bronze Taste Medal Winners Poachers Citrus Tonic and Light Tonic both combine Irish spring water, Orange and Lemon notes with fresh Irish Rosemary to create a balanced, subtle tonic water with a refined dryness, according to the company.
“The Light tonic has a lower calorie count yet carries the same beautiful Rosemary and Lemon notes through, with a lighter finish from a reduced sugar content.”
The Bartenders’ Brand Awards is a unique blind-tasting, design and value-tested competition for spirits, wines, beers and drinks products available within the UK bar industry. Now in its fifth year, the judging panel boasts some of the most renowned names in the UK bar industry, thus providing an endorsement from the most influential people in the global drinks industry.