The international and world-renowned alcoholic beverage competition IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition) in London has awarded numerous medals to the products in Lignell & Piispanen’s Gustav line.

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Lignell & Piispanen’s Gustav products have participated in the competition for the past few years and have consistently been awarded IWSC medals. Gustav Dill Vodka has been the most highly-awarded product with a gold medal every year for the previous two years in the flavoured vodka category. “This now makes it the third year in a row that our Dill Vodka has won gold in this prestigious competition, a famous hat-trick,” says Harri Nylund, CEO of Lignell & Piispanen, a family-owned company. Gustav Dill Vodka, crafted on site at Lignell & Piispanen’s Siikaranta distillery in Kuopio, is an aromatic distilled artisan vodka from Finnish dill.

In addition to Gustav Dill Vodka’s IWSC gold, Gustav Arctic Vodka brought home a silver medal in the neutral vodka category and Gustav Blueberry Vodka received bronze in the flavoured vodka category. Gustav’s vodkas have won more than just normal IWSC medals, proven by Gustav Arctic Vodka’s silver and Gustav Blueberry Vodka’s bronze medals in the Vodka & Double Dutch Tonic 2019 category. “We are proud to say that the best vodkas in the world continue to come from Finland and Kuopio, where we have been making them for 150 years. The awards are a great tribute to our craftsmanship and the pure Finnish ingredients that we use.”

Gustav Metsä Gin (Gustav Forest Gin), just launched in March 2019, also received an award from the distinguished international competition. Gustav Metsä Gin was awarded bronze in the Modern Gin category and silver in the Gin & Double Dutch Tonic 2019 category. “The inspiration behind this new gin was the forest’s first morning dew and all its abundant aromas and flavours. The flavours of the forest are incredibly rich and pure, and we wanted consumers to be able to experience it, too. This award shows that we have certainly succeeded,” states Lignell & Piispanen’s CEO Harri Nylund.

The recipes for Gustav Dill Vodka and Gustav Metsä Gin have been created by Heidi Nylund, responsible for Lignell & Piispanen’s product development and a member of the company’s owning family. All the Gustav bottles have been designed by Tampere-based designer Jaani Vaahtera.

Founded in 1852, the Lignell & Piispanen distillery is the third oldest family-owned company still in operation in Finland. The success of this internationally award-winning company is based on six generations of craftsmanship, knowledge of raw materials, 100% transparency and respect for the principles of sustainable development.

Additional information:

Harri Nylund, CEO
044 585 2561