Shortly after launching Maidstone Gin, Helen entered a bottle in the European Gin of the Year competition, held at the annual Craft Distilling Expo in London. (The main reason for entering was to give Helen some sleep at night. Although she loved the taste of her gin she'd only had a relatively small number of people try it. By entering the competition, Helen could get some feedback on the gin and know if she'd be laughed out the room within the industry (confidence isn't Helen's strongest quality!)
The gin was entered and to Helen's amazement it gained the Highly Commended award in October 2015. The winning gin came from Spain with Helen's Maidstone Gin and Poetic Licence's Northern Dry Gin getting joint second spot in the comtemporary category.
at The Old Brewery