HYKE, a gin made from surplus table grapes which was exclusively launched by Tesco earlier this year has won a gold medal at a prestigious drinks awards competition.

The spirit won top prize at the 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) in the ‘Gin Contemporary’ category.

HYKE was created by major British fruit supplier Richard Hochfeld Ltd and craft distiller Foxhole Spirits who came up with a unique way to recycle an estimated 166 million surplus table grapes.

“We are very proud to be exclusively stocking such a wonderful tasting and high quality gin as HYKE," said Tesco spirits buyer Andrew Hargreaves.

“Not only has it been really popular with customers but now judges at the equivalent of the drinks’ industry Oscars have acknowledged its quality too.

“And equally important for us is that it supports our commitment to cut food waste.”

The IWSC judges’ tasting notes describe HYKE as “A delightful gin with superb complexity; a nose of zesty citrus peel and coriander leads onto flavours of vanilla, resinous juniper and cedar wood, and a long complex finish.”