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Broken Bat Gin Takes the Gin World by Storm: Wins ‘Best Gin in Asia’ Award at the Gin Guide Awards 2023

Nao Spirits aged gin, Broken Bat, has won the prestigious Best Gin in Asia award at The Gin Guide Awards 2023 as well as being named as a Winner in the Aged Gin Category globally.

Broken Bat Gin wins Best Gin in Asia award at The Gin Guide Awards 2023

Inspired by their love for cricket, the distillers at Nao Spirits turned to the iconic Kashmir Willow cricket bats to give this gin an Indian twist. After cleaning, then carefully shaving and removing the handles from the bats, the remaining bat was cut into wood chips, which were then toasted and immersed for two months in Greater Thans Classic London Dry gin, creating a first-of-its-kind experience with the colour, the aromas and the taste.

Broken Bat Gin wins Best Gin in Asia award at The Gin Guide Awards 2023

Anand Virmani, Co-founder, CEO, and Distiller at Nao Spirits & Beverages sharing his excitement over the win said, “We always push ourselves at the distillery to create gins that push the limits of what can be done. When we set out to create an aged gin, we knew we were taking a massive risk by ditching the usual oak barrels and instead opting for Kashmir Willow which had never previously been used to age any spirit. We have been getting a lot of love for Broken Bat already, but to win “Best Gin in Asia” and Win the overall Aged Gin category takes everything to another incredible level. All of us are absolutely honored and look forward to taking this Gin to the rest of the world.”

The competition featured a rigorous evaluation process, with a diverse panel of judges from various global regions assessing hundreds of Gins from over 35 different countries. Winning an award of such prestige is definitely a clear indication of the outstanding quality of the spirit but more importantly, it highlights the growing recognition and acceptance of innovative Indian craft spirits.

A first of its kind, the Broken Bat was launched in India and Australia in November 2022. The limited edition is currently available in 3 Indian states – Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The distillers plan to expand its availability to Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal & Haryana in the upcoming months.

Tasting Notes: Aged leather and freshly toasted wood followed by almost-ripe mangoes and sweet juniper spice, all of which leave you reminiscing over your favorite Christmas cake.

Serving Style: Broken Bat is best enjoyed on ice or topped up with soda or Cola. Rather than use tonic, the distillers recommend drinking this the way you would drink your favorite Whisky.

About Nao Spirits
The homegrown spirit company, the brainchild of Anand Virmani, Aparajita Ninan, and Abhinav Rajput, has been spearheading the Indian Gin revolution. With a state-of-the-art distillery in Goa that produces India’s first London Dry Gin, and the world’s first Himalayan Dry Gin, this start-up is constantly experimenting with its products and activations to help build a craft community and culture from scratch.

The Gins manufactured by the label can be found in 11 states in India (5 more are in the works), and 16 countries across the world. Nao Spirits is the first Indian company to be made a member of the Gin Guild – the official global body of Gin makers and was short-listed as one of the top 5 international Gin-distillers in 2021.

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