Awards season is well and truly upon us. San Francisco World Spirits Awards is the international competition that Australian distillers are keen to enter with the hope of winning a medal.
This year Australian gins won 1 Platinum Medal, 6 Double Golds (up from 5 in 2018), 11 Golds (up from 7 in 2018), 22 Silver (up from 21 in 2018) and 15 Bronze (same as 2018). A total of 54 medals (up from 48 in 2018).
The state with the most medals was Victoria (22), followed by South Australia (14), New South Wales (11), Western Australia (6), and Tasmania (2).
PLATINUM MEDAL 2019
The most exciting announcement this year, was Shene Estate‘s Poltergeist Unfiltered gin winning a Platinum medal. This award is only given to spirits that have won three consecutive Double Gold medals and Poltergeist is the first Australian gin to win a Platinum medal!
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2019 (Outstanding; earning top marks from all judges.)
Karu Lightning Gin (NSW)
KIS O’gin (SA)
GOLD MEDAL 2019 (an excellent product, meeting very high standards)
Adelaide Hills 78 Degrees gin
Karu Affinity gin
Manly Spirits Australian Dry gin
Brookie’s Dry gin
Old Young’s Common gin
Prohibition gin (SA)
Melbourne Gin Co.
Four Pillars Navy Strength gin
KIS Old Tom gin
Prohibition Barrel-Aged gin
Poor Toms Sydney Dry gin
SILVER MEDAL 2019 (A finely crafted spirit, well above average.)
Adelaide gin (SA)
Larrikin Barrel-Aged gin, Kilderkin Distillery (VIC)
1829 gin, Old Young’s Distillery (WA)
Batch Zero, South Coast Distillery (NSW)
Blush gin, Dobson’s (NSW)
Larrikin Buccaneer Navy Strength, Kilderkin Distillery (VIC)
Hippocampus Dry gin, Boatrockers Brewers and Distillers (VIC)
Everyday Salvation gin, Brogan’s Way Distillery (VIC)
Applewood Distillery gin (SA)
Juniper Freak, Never Never Distilling co (SA)
Melbourne Dry gin, Patient Wolf Distillery (VIC)
New England Dry gin, Dobson’s (NSW)
Barrel-Aged Oak gin, Cedar Fox Distilling,(VIC)
Royal Blood gin, Brogan’s Way Distillery (VIC)
Signature Dry Gin, Archie Rose Distillery (NSW)
Six Seasons gin, Old Young’s Distillery (WA)
Summer Thyme gin, Patient Wolf Distillery (VIC)
Sweet pea gin , Dobson’s (NSW)
The Cutlass, West Winds (WA)
Myrcene Hemp gin, Canna Co (VIC)
Hippocampus Tuk Tuk gin, Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers (VIC)
Barrel-Aged gin, KIS spirits (SA)
BRONZE MEDAL 2019 (A well-crafted spirit that deserves recognition.)
Brookie’s Slow Gin, Cape Byron Distillery (NSW)
Prohibition Christmas gin, Prohibition Distillery (SA)
Elegant gin, Big Tree Distillery (VIC)
Evening Light gin, Brogan’s Way Distillery (VIC)
Lobo Djinn (VIC)
Guvvos gin , Great Ocean Road Distilling (VIC
Larrikin Original Australian gin, Kilderkin Distillery (VIC)
Four Pillars Rare Dry gin, Four Pillars Distillery (VIC)
Scoundrel Dry gin, Kilderkin Distillery (VIC)
What is the San Francisco World Spirits Competition?
Launched in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is considered the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world, with a rigorous judging process involving highly controlled blind-tastings with an expert panel who only receive information on spirit type, ABV and age (where applicable) to remove bias.