Oregon City distiller named world's best by female judges
Oregon City-based Trail Distilling co-owner Sara Brennan was named "Best Woman Distiller" by the 2022 International Women's Wine & Spirits Competition, the only U.S. competition to feature exclusively female judges.
Brennan also took home the "Best Gin" and "Best of the Best" trophies for her Trillium Pink Pinot Gin, which, judges raved, is "spicy, complex and creamy." Judging panels included professional winemakers, distillers, sommeliers, retail buyers, beverage industry educators and journalists.
While open to distillers and winemakers of all genders, the competition focuses on identifying wines and spirits that female consumers will enjoy and purchase.
"I am thrilled to have received this honor in a field where women are gaining more notoriety and experience," Brennan said.
Pink Pinot Gin is made using Trail Distilling's flagship Trillium Gin, with its 14 citrus and floral botanicals, as its foundation. By resting for two months in Oregon pinot-noir barrels, the clear Trillium Gin transforms into a pink gin with the subtle nuances of pinot noir. Brennan's resulting 90-proof creation produces a range of floral and soft juniper flavors, along with notes of toasted oak and soft vanilla.
"We have enjoyed watching the Oregon wine scene develop and gain national recognition. More importantly, we have loved searching out new pinot noirs to try and indulge in," Brennan said. "Blending our love of expertly crafted pinot noir with our own penchant for distilling premium spirits, we're more than excited about our community's reception of the Trillium Pink Pinot Gin."
Trillium Pink Pinot Gin's other accolades include "Double Platinum" and "Best in Show" at the 2021 American Spirits Council of Tasters Awards, and a gold medal at the New York International Spirits Competition.
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