Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask attract record numbers as 2022 winners are announced

South Australian Tourism Commission

Winners of the 2022 Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask have been awarded during the fifth annual spirit awards ceremony on Friday 16 September.

This year’s awards attracted spirits from across the nation – 328 spirits from 77 distillers – the highest number of entries and distillers to submit a product into the awards since inception.

The Premier’s Gin Award was awarded to local South Australian distiller Prohibition Liquor Co. for their Prohibition Liquor Co. Original Gin. Premier of South Australia Peter Malinauskas acknowledges the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards as a significant opportunity to showcase local distillers nationally.

“Congratulations to Prohibition Liquor Co. for their Original Gin – and to all the other local and national distillers who were recognised in this year’s awards,” said Premier Malinauskas.

“It is exciting to see the continuous growth of the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards and the creativity of the distillers each year. It is fantastic to host such a significant competition here in South Australia, celebrating the innovation of the spirits industry nationally.”

A new addition to the awards, the Innovation Award was presented to Fleurieu Distillery for their Country To Coast #3. Fleurieu Distillery took home three awards, including Best Whisky and the overall Best Distiller for their Never A Dull Moment and Country To Coast #3 whiskies.

The winners were selected after three days of intensive tasting by a panel of expert judges from around the nation, led by head judge Ollie Margan.

Margan, the owner behind one of Australia’s best bars, Maybe Mae emphasised the quality of entries received.

“The Australian distilling industry is one of the most diverse in the world and the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards recognises that ingenuity and energy,” said Mr Margan.

“For the first time, we saw entries from the Northern Territory as well as an increase in entries from New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. It is great to see the distilling industry nationally really getting behind the awards and producing and submitting such unique spirits.”

Director of Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presenting partner Master Cask, Darren Lange also featured on this year’s judging panel.

“Master Cask are proud to partner with Tasting Australia for the fifth annual Spirit Awards,” said Mr Lange.

“It is wonderful to see the evolution of products submitted each year- well done to all the distillers involved.”

This year, 278 medals were given out including 45 gold medals, 135 silver medals, 84 bronze medals and 14 Best in Class medals.

2022 Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask Award Winners:

  • Premier’s Gin Award: Prohibition Liquor Co., Prohibition Liquor Co. Original Gin, South Australia
  • Best Distiller: Fleurieu Distillery, Never A Dull Moment and Country To Coast #3, South Australia
  • Innovation Award: Fleurieu Distillery, Country To Coast #3, South Australia
  • Best Small Batch Spirit: Union Brewery & Distillery Fremantle, Bellwether Single Malt Whisky Release 9, Western Australia
  • Best Whisky: Fleurieu Distillery, Country To Coast #3, South Australia
  • Best Gin: Prohibition Liquor Co., Prohibition Liquor Co. Original Gin, South Australia
  • Best Vodka: FNQ Spirits, Croc Vodka, Queensland
  • Best Rum: Bundaberg Distilling Company, Bundaberg Rum : Master Distillers’ Collection – Solera, Queensland
  • Best Brandy: St Agnes Distillery, St Agnes XO 20 YO Imperial, South Australia
  • Best Liqueur: Southern Wild Distillery, Dasher + Fisher Raspberry Gin, Tasmania
  • Best Small Cask Maturation: Spring Bay Distillery, Single Malt Whisky ex-Apera Cask 46%, Tasmania

For the full list of Tasting Australia Spirit Award winners including medalists, visit www.tastingaustralia.com.au.

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