While locals are thrilled for the Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, everyone who has had their gin is hardly surprised, Josh and Jen’s Ethos Gin really is the best. There are a few things that make the win all the sweeter. This was, McLafferty says, the first time they had entered into the competition. “We weren’t quite ready last year,” he says. With a judging panel of nine blind professional tasters, the local distillery dominated the competition. Every spirit they entered medalled.