Winners of the fifth annual Tasting Australia Spirit Awards have been acknowledged, with this yr’s awards attracting 328 spirits from 77 distillers – the best variety of entries because the awards started.
The Premier’s Gin Award was awarded to native South Australian distiller Prohibition Liquor Co. for its Prohibition Liquor Co. Unique Gin.
Premier of South Australia Peter Malinauskas acknowledged the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards as a major alternative to showcase native distillers nationally.
“It’s thrilling to see the continual development of the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards and the creativity of the distillers annually, and to host such a major competitors right here in South Australia, celebrating the innovation of the spirits business nationally,” mentioned Malinauskas.
A brand new addition to the awards, the Innovation Award was offered to Fleurieu Distillery for its Nation To Coast #3.
Fleurieu Distillery additionally took residence awards for Greatest Whiskey duck Greatest Distillers for his or her By no means A Boring Second and Nation To Coast #3 whiskies.
The winners have been chosen after three days of intensive tasting by a panel of knowledgeable judges from across the nation, led by head decide Ollie Margan.
Margan, proprietor of Possibly Mae bar emphasised the standard of entries.
“For the primary time, we noticed entries from the Northern Territory in addition to a rise in entries from New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. It’s nice to see the distilling business nationally actually getting behind the awards and producing and submitting such distinctive spirits,” mentioned Margan.
Different class winners included:
Greatest Small Batch Spirits: Union Brewery & Distillery Fremantle, Bellwether Single Malt Whiskey Launch 9, Western Australia
Greatest Whisky: Fleurieu Distillery, Nation To Coast #3, South Australia
Greatest Vodka: FNQ Spirits, Croc Vodka, Queensland
Greatest Rooms: Bundaberg Distilling Firm, Bundaberg Rum : Grasp Distillers’ Assortment – Solera, Queensland
Greatest Brandy: St Agnes Distillery, St Agnes XO 20 YO Imperial, South Australia
Greatest Liqueur: Southern Wild Distillery, Dasher + Fisher Raspberry Gin, Tasmania
Greatest Small Cask Maturation: Spring Bay Distillery, Single Malt Whiskey ex-Apera Cask 46%, Tasmania
This yr, 278 medals got out together with 45 gold medals, 135 silver medals, 84 bronze medals and 14 Greatest in Class medals.