Best Gin, Rum and Liqueur Awards at the WDAs!

We're incredibly excited to show off the nine awards we took home from the World Drinks Awards 2017, including Best Compound Gin and Best Spiced Rum!

Well, last night went rather well for our menagerie of marvellous tipples, didn't it? The results of the World Drinks Award 2017 were announced yesterday, and we took home nine awards - and even retained some titles from last year's World Drinks Awards!

Bathtub Gin Navy-Strength was named Best Compound Gin for the third year running at the World Gin Awards, making it a truly extraordinary fourth time in a row that one of our gins has received this honour following Bathtub Gin’s win in 2014. Not only that, the Navy-Strength also snapped up a Gold in the Contemporary Gin Category.

Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old was able to reclaim its crown, being named Best Spiced Rum for the second time in three years. We don't have an actual crown for the bottle - we've sent a few emails to the people who made the Crown Jewels but we're not sure how successful emails are at travelling through time.

Ableforth’s Summer Fruit Cup, meanwhile, was named Best Fruit Liqueur at the World Liqueur Awards. With summer on the way, it might be time to start preparing some garden-party-drinks with this (award-winning) quaff.

Gold medals were awarded to Ableforth’s Rumbullion! Navy-Strength, Bathtub Gin and Cherry Brandy, whilst Silver medals were received by both the Cask-Aged Navy-Strength and Old Tom variants of Bathtub Gin. Phew! What a day indeed!

Welcome to the New Home of Ableforth’s Award-Winning Spirits!

Welcome to Ableforth’s new website! Take a look around, you might discover something that takes your fancy...

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since our first bottle of Bathtub Gin was patiently crafted from a gorgeous array of botanicals, wrapped in brown paper, tied with twine, sealed with wax (all done by hand to this day) and sold to our very first customer. Since then we’ve been busy creating all manner of curious libations for the delight and delectation of discerning palates and have been honoured to receive some of the most prestigious international awards in the industry for our spirits and liqueurs.

Each of our bottlings represents an idea that’s been perfected and refined, without compromise, using the very finest ingredients. The use of cold-compounding and even cold-distillation ensure that each bottle contains rich, complex and fresh flavours and that delicate botanicals remain intact.

A couple of months after Bathtub Gin, still in 2011, we introduced the world to that most shipshape of spiced rums: Rumbullion! Again, we hand wrapped our creation in our unmistakable (and soon to be award-winning) brown paper and twine packaging before sealing with wax, except this time we allowed the wax to drip pleasingly down the bottle. That’s the surefire way to spot a Rumbullion! amongst our other bottles.

We didn’t stop there, though. 2012 saw Old Tom, Sloe Gin, the intense Navy-Strength and also Cask-Aged variants of Bathtub Gin added to the range, soon joined by the Cask-Aged Navy-Strength version in 2013. Just a month later Bathtub Gin was then awarded a Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge 2013! Bathtub had arrived. It’s since picked up top medals from the IWSC, the ISC and The Gin Masters, a Double Gold & Best of Show from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and been named World's Best Compound Gin at the World Gin Awards. We even picked up another ISC Trophy in 2015, this time for our Sloe Gin!

Once again, Rumbullion! was never far behind with its own tremendous Navy-Strength variant launching in late 2012 and the truly special Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old - the world’s first super-premium spiced rum, named Best Spiced Rum at the World Rum Awards 2015 - joining the family in the summer of 2014.

The Ableforth’s range extends beyond our beloved Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion!, however. Back in 2012 we launched our clear 91.2% abv Cold-Distilled Absinthe and created the perfect summer quaff with our Summer Fruit Cup, before going on to create our own Cherry Brandy and ‘fix’ both mulled wine and festive cocktails with our Christmas Mulled Cup in 2013! Award-winners each and every one of them.

More recently, things have been getting bigger with Magnums (1.5 litre bottles) of our classic Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion! - Bathtub is now even available in Methuselah size (that’s 6 litres!) too. Perfect for parties, events or for anyone who simply wants to stock up less often!

Whether you're already familiar with our fine libations or just discovering them, we hope you find everything you’re looking for on this shiny new website and if something should happen to take your fancy then our Stockists page can help you track it down!