A DISTILLERY is celebrating after winning two converted gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2020.

Raisthorpe Distillery, in Wharram, near Malton, has won the accolade for its Damson Gin.

Receiving a two-star Great Taste Award means judges considered a product to be above the normal standard in food and drink.

Raisthorpe was also awarded one-star for its Damson and Sloe Ports, as well as for its apple and elderflower flavour Yorkshire Tonic.

“We’re delighted that our products have gained these highly respected accolades against some really tough competition,” said Julia Medforth, founder of Raisthorpe Manor.

“We knew our Damson Gin was good – it is the chosen gin for the bedrooms at luxury hotel Grantley Hall – but it’s great to receive further independent endorsement from experts.

“The Great Taste Awards provide a benchmark of quality for artisan food producers and mean that consumers can be confident that our products taste as great as they look.

“The pandemic restrictions mean that we have not attended as many events as we would normally, but consumers can still enjoy our products.”

More than 12,700 products from 106 countries were submitted for the Great Taste Awards 2020, which was conducted remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 144 experts, comprising chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers, judged the awards through a combination of remote and socially distanced judging sessions to ensure robust and impartial judging standards.

Raisthorpe Manor has been producing gin, vodka, and whisky from the Yorkshire Wolds since 2008.

For more information, visit www.raisthorpemanor.com.