Spirit competitions are many and varied, particularly in the gin arena, where distillers battle it out in an ever more saturated category. Whatever your views are on the merits of competitions, they are a welcome pat on the back for hardworking distillers, keen to see how their products stack up against other gins.
The Spirits Business Gin Masters 2018 revealed its results overnight and Australian distillers have done us proud. The results are particularly thrilling when you learn that the medal tally has quadrupled in the last 5 years, with quality becoming ever more important.
The gins were segmented into different sectors according to price and style, then blind-tasted by a panel of experts. Here are the Aussie medallists! For the full list of winners, head here.
The Melbourne Gin Company Single Shot gin ~ Master. Praised for “its excellent botanical recipe” and “good length”.
The Melbourne Gin Company Dry Gin ~ Gold
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin ~ Silver
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni ~ Master. Praise from the judges : “This is exactly the type of product I expect to get when the best distillers challenge what gin can be.”
Kangaroo Island Wild Gin ~ Silver
Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin ~ Silver
Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin ~Silver
Archie Rose Distiller’s Strength ~ Silver
Never Never Distilling Triple Juniper Gin ~ Gold. Praise from the judges: “juicy, well-integrated palate”
Never Never Distilling Co Southern Strength ~ Silver
Four Pillars Sherry Cask ~ Gold
Four Pillars Chardonnay Barrel Gin ~ Silver
Four Pillars Navy Strength ~ Master. Praise from the judges: “a masterclass in distilling “
Brookie’s Slow Gin ~ Silver
Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Gin ~ Silver
Congratulations to all the distillers for their awards and raising the profile of our thriving industry on the global stage.