Published Date

May 7, 2019

The story of a small family distillery in the Black Forest sounds like a fairy-tale: the finest spirits have been produced by hand in a small valley here since 1844. Now, their gin is drawing great attention worldwide.

BOAR Gin from the Black Forest is being awarded gold medals in renowned completions around the world. The Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) [German Agricultural Society] awarded it the gold and certified it as being the best gin in Germany. At the Global Spirit Awards in Las Vegas, BOAR Gin was chosen as the best gin and the best clear spirit in the world. In New York, the BOAR distillery was only recently chosen as the “Distillery of the Year”.

The traditional distillery is breaking new ground in the production of fine distillates in terms of flavour and quality. It refines and harmonises its BOAR Gin with mountain spring water rich in minerals and the rare Black Forest truffle. This worldwide unique production process confers this London Dry Gin a mild and complex flavour profile and a particular identity.

In 2011, a small monkey made the Black Forest world-famous as a gourmet region. Now, one of the best gins of the world has returned from the Black Forest and still impresses juries in 34 international competitions on many continents today.

“At our Black Forest distillery, we distil with our hearts, hands and wood from our own forest”, says Markus Kessler, the great-great-great-grandson of Andreas Kessler, who founded his distillery 175 years ago.

The eponym and icon of the BOAR gin is a real native of the pristine forests of the Black Forest - the wild boar (the male wild pig).

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Excerpt of awards

Frankfurt International Trophy 2019 – Big Gold – Best London Dry Gin
World Spirits Competition San Francisco 2017 – Gold
New York Spirits Competition 2018 - Distillery of the Year
DLG - Gold 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
DLG – Best Gin 2018 + 2019 (Black Edition)
Meininger International Spirit Award 2018 - Gold
Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 – Double Gold
Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 - Best Gin
Global Spirits Awards Las Vegas 2017 – Best white Spirit
SIP Awards USA 2018 - Platin
Concours de Lyon 2018 – Gold (Black Edition)
Frankfurt International Trophy 2018 - Gold
CWSA Hong Kong2018 – Double Gold
Los Angeles Spirits Competition 2017 - Gold
New York Spirits Competition 2018 - Gold
World Spirit Awards Wien 2017 – Gold