We reveal 10 bottle designs that earned prime marks in our Design & Packaging Masters competitors – show-stoppers which might be good for gifting throughout the festive season.
An aesthetically pleasing bottle helps to attract in drinkers earlier than they’ve even tried the liquid inside – which implies lovely design is a robust device within the arsenal of spirits producers around the globe.
Final month, we held our annual Design & Packaging Masters competitors to find out one of the best bottle designs in the marketplace. We introduced collectively a panel of specialists at The Bridge in London: Bryan Rodriguez, wine and spirits purchaser at Harvey Nichols; Bernadette Pamplin, spirits author and founding father of the Below the Ginfluence weblog; Ivan Dixon, unbiased spirits marketing consultant; Hugo Mesquita, gross sales and advertising and marketing director at Amorim Prime Sequence, sponsor of The Design & Packaging Masters; and Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Enterprise and chair of the competitors.
Our specialists judged every entry on its look and performance, and likewise thought of the all-important side of sustainability in bottle designs.
For a take a look at probably the most lovely and forward-thinking examples from our competitors, learn on.
Value: £40 (US$53.17)
For those who’re seeking a surprising gin to show in your Martini trolley, look no additional than the flagship bottling from Isle of Harris Distillers.
“I like the blue tints of color on the bottom that very neatly journey up the waves of the bottle,” one choose famous. “The picket stopper is massive and daring; it feels high quality.”
This Scottish gin is made within the village of Tarbert within the Outer Hebrides, and options botanicals together with native sugar kelp, juniper, coriander and orange peel for a citrusy, maritime flavour profile.
Value: £54.99 (US$73.10)
Tequila lovers, this one’s for you. Tiempo Reposado Cristalino debuted in October, however it’s already snapped up an award for its design.
The bottle is made from recycled glass and includes a sustainably printed label, in addition to a pure cork and picket stopper. Its putting field is printed with an illustration created by artist Alan Berry Rhys.
“The field is superb, the color is gorgeous; it’s visually pleasant,” one choose stated. “I might reuse it as a water bottle.”
Value: £43.95 (US$58.42)
Moët Hennessy’s Cuban rum brand Eminente secured the highest accolade in our competitors, the coveted Finest in Class award.
“As a present pack, that is completely superb,” a choose commented. “The bottle and texture is beautiful, and the additional glasses and canvas bag are effectively made, and might be reused. It’s actually lovely.”
Launched in the UK earlier this year, Eminente is a mix of aguardientes that’s aged in white oak barrels that previously held whisky. The liquid is then blended and aged with a light-weight Cuban rum, and bottled at 41.3% ABV.
Value: £34.95 (US$46.45)
Mexican liqueur Nixta, created by Casa Lumbre, wowed our judges with its corn cob-shaped bottle – a reference to the flavour of the liquid inside.
“An absolute standout bottle,” one member of the panel commented. “The form is gorgeous, the label is vibrant however nonetheless has a Mexican heritage‐model to it. This reveals correctly bundle a product to signify the liquid inside.”
Nixta is constituted of cacahuazintle maize, an ancestral selection grown across the Nevado de Toluca volcano in Mexico. It takes its title from the method of nixtamalisation, a Mesoamerican cooking method that’s used to deliver out the flavour of the corn, and is employed within the liqueur’s manufacturing.
Model and packaging company led the design of Maison Ferrand’s Choice Des Anges bottling, which our judges referred to as “prime notch”. They notably cherished its “lovely glass work” and “weighty, costly‐feeling” stopper.
The title of this luxury Cognac interprets to ‘angel’s choice’, a reference to the liquid that evaporates from the cask because the spirit matures, referred to as the angel’s share. The bottling has a median age of 30 years.
Value: €70 (US$79)
Our judges cherished Redbreast 12 Years Outdated’s inventive accompaniment of a metal birdcage-shaped bottle holder that doubles as a bird feeder – or, as one choose referred to as it, a “restaurant for birds”.
For every bottle bought, the model donates €3 to Birdlife Worldwide, a charity devoted to the conservation of birds and their habitats.
“I like the thought of the chook feeder; that is such a superb initiative,” stated considered one of our judges. “The precise chook feeder cage is gentle and has a number of makes use of. You hope the patron would use this for its meant function, or give it to somebody who will.”
Value: £180 (US$240)
The label for Compass Field Rogues’ Banquet – one other design from branding company Stranger & Stranger – brings to thoughts the grandeur of a Renaissance portray. Our judges referred to as it “complicated”, with “tons occurring”, and hailed it as a “very cool design” general.
The bottling is a restricted version blended Scotch whisky with elements from the the Miltonduff, Clynelish and Glen Elgin distilleries, in addition to grain whisky from the North British Distillery. It was created to mark Compass Field’s twentieth anniversary – and we reckon it will make a wonderful present, if you will get your fingers on a bottle.
American whiskey Olde Raleigh Distillery Blended Bourbon earned reward from our panel because of its distinctive bottle form – the brainchild of CF Napa Model Design – which our judges famous is “paying homage to a whiskey nonetheless”. In addition they cherished its “nice texturing on the label”.
Designed to be reused as a glass decanter, the bottle options particulars resembling an embossed brand on the underside and a coin hooked up to the picket topper.
Situated in Zebulon, North Carolina, Olde Raleigh Distillery makes its flagship Bourbon utilizing Nineteenth-century Scottish mixing practices. The expression comprises three Bourbons sourced from throughout the US, containing malted barley, corn and rye.
Value: £60 (US$79.96)
Danish distillery Stauning is a frontrunner on this planet whisky scene, and its eye-catching bottle design displays the standard of the liquid within the bottle. Our panel was impressed with its “summary black matte element” and “putting, fashionable paintings”.
Kaos is a mix of Stauning expressions, bringing collectively the producer’s malted rye whisky, unpeated whisky and peated whisky.
Earlier this 12 months, Stauning unveiled El Clásico, a rye whisky completed in vermouth casks. The design for El Clásico additionally secured a Grasp medal in our competitors.
Value: £48 (US$63.81)
Stranger & Stranger racked up one other award for its bottle design for Isle of Raasay Single Malt. Our specialists had been eager on its use of texture, notably its “fossil-shell embossing”.
“It is a lovely bottle; beautiful. The paper label feels luxurious,” one choose enthused.
The design is impressed by the panorama of Raasay, the Scottish island on which the whisky is made. The spirit itself is the primary authorized single malt whisky from Raasay.