DUNDEE distiller Verdant Spirits has won the contract to be the sole supplier of the new House of Commons gin.

Verdant Dry Gin, which is crafted in Dundee’s first distillery in nearly 200 years, said it had been on a shortlist of five and had fought off competition from a number of “UK national brands” in being awarded the contract by the House of Commons.

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The Dundee distillery said it had won the “prestigious” tender after “scoring top marks in the blind taste test and wowing judges with [a] presentation at the Houses of Parliament”.

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Its proposal was developed in collaboration with Dundee design agency Avian, and has involved the creation of a new label and specialised packaging solely for the House of Commons.

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Verdant Dry Gin is distilled in small batches in a 500-litre pot still.

Andrew Mackenzie, founder and managing director of Verdant, said: “We spent two years researching and finessing the perfect dry gin and we firmly believe in our product, but it still felt fantastic to win out in the taste test.”