The Hungarian handicraft gin brand, Opera Gin Budapest, debuted last year and has achieved enormous international success within this period. After having won the international product design competition Red Dot Award, now a new international recognition has been achieved thanks to the professionally recognisable taste of the Hungarian spirit.
Within the framework of the world’s largest spirits blind tasting competition – The Global Spirits Masters -, every major spirits category from brandy to vodka are evaluated separately. The international event has become more and more significant since its start in 2008, and as a result, the number of participants sets records every year – in 2019, more than 300 gin brands attended the competition. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of applicants this year did not reach previous years’ results; however, the category was still very popular with nearly 200 competitors.
Opera Gin Budapest, introduced by the First Hungarian Gin Manufactory Ltd., won the gold medal in the Premium Gin category, obtaining outstanding scores (between 80-89) in the blind tests.
“From the very beginning, we have cherished the desire to put the stamp of a professional award on our bottle, and it should adorn our otherwise award-winning label. However, we did not think that this recognition would be achieved so soon. This is a huge pride for the team. I congratulate and thank everyone for bringing glory not only to ourselves but also to the domestic gin market,” said the founder of the brand, Bálint Dámosy, in connection with the announcement of the award.
As Hungarian news portal igenyesferfi.hu reports,
Opera Gin Budapest deserved attention for its “great texture” and “elegant, dark chocolate characteristic”.
The Global Spirits Masters employs only independent expert reviewers, including journalists, retail shoppers, bartenders, and instructors; this extensive professional committee means a guarantee for the applicants. Judges may award silver, gold, and master medals, as well as additional trophies.
First, the results of Gin Masters 2020 are published in The Spirits Business magazine, which – with 13,000 copies a month and a global presence spanning 76 countries – guarantees that the glory of the winners will reach an international professional audience worldwide.