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4th Jul, 2022

Gin company toasts international awards success

A SPICED blended rum created by a Leamington distillery has packed a punch in an international competition.

Warwickshire Gin Company’s The Pugilist, inspired by Leamington-born boxer Randolph Turpin won a bronze in the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2022.

Turpin, known as The Leamington Licker’, became world middleweight champion after he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951.

Owner Dave Blick, who founded the company in 2018, said: “It’s a pretty cool story. Looking back to have a world champion was a massive deal and Randolph Turpin put Leamington on the world map.

“His dad was from Guyana and fought in the First World War for the British Army.

“In honour of our local hero we have reached out to his Guyanan heritage and are using imported base rum spirit from the country to retain the cultural link. We then add botanicals including nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel and all spice berries to give it a unique Leamington flavour.”

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