Melbourne Royal (formerly RACV) has been running the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards since 2014 and during that time, it has become one of the most prestigious competitions in Australia.
I have been a judge for several years, and this year was made a Panel Judge and appointed to the competition advisory board.
This year there were 441 gins entered. And 6 panels of 4 judges to assess them.
The quality of the gins entered gets higher every year and is testiment to the skills of our gin producers.
Special congratulations to Naught Distillery who picked up the Champion Victorian Gin for the 3rd consecutive year, Puss & Mew Distillery who won Victorian Distiller of the Year, and Prohibition Liquor Company who were awarded Australian Distillery of the Year.
Imperial Measures Distilling were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for their Bold Gin. This is given to gins who receive a gold medal three years in a row.
I’ve listed the Gold Medal winners in each category below and highlighted the trophy winners. You can find a full set of results here.
Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2023 Gold Medals
LONDON DRY GIN
Archie Rose Distilling Co., Bone Dry Gin
Australian Distilling, Gingin Gin
Blue Mountains Gin Company, Mountain Devil Classic
Brogan’s Way Distillery, Everyday Salvation Gin
Cedar Fox Distilling Co., Cedar Fox Gin
Clarence Distillery, The Duke
Hickson House Distilling Co, Hickson Rd. London Dry Gin
Imperial Measures Distilling, Ounce Gin Bold
Kalki Moon, Premium Gin
Kalki Moon, Kylie’s Summer Gin
Lily Fields Distilling Co , Juniper Dry Gin
Little Ridge Distillery, On the Ridge Dry Gin
Nagambie Brewery & Distillery, 3608 Bartenders Cut Gin
Naught Distilling, Naught Classic Dry Gin – TROPHY WINNER – BEST VICTORIAN GIN
Never Never Distilling Co., Triple Juniper Export Strength Gin -TROPHY WINNER
Never Never Distilling Co., Southern Strength Gin
Old Salt Distillery, Classic Gin
Parrot Distilling Co , Triple Juniper
Patient Wolf Distilling Co., Summer Thyme Gin
Prohibition Liquor Co., Juniperus Gin
Prohibition Liquor Co., Bootleg Box Series #2 – London Dry
Sin Gin Distillery, Greed
St Agnes Distillery, Blind Tiger Organic Gin
Travelling While Standing Still, Travelling While Standing Still
West Winds Distillers, Friends of Kings Park – Botanical Gin
Wharf St. Distillery, Wharf St. Distillery Oyster Shell Gin
NEW WORLD / CONTEMPORARY GIN
Bridport Distilling Co, Coastal
Bright Night Spirits, Bright Night Wild Tasmanian Gin
Central Coast Distillery, Signature Gin
Four Pillars Distillery, Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin
Hickson House Distilling Co, Hickson Rd. Seven Spice Gin
Imbue Distillery, 18th Amendment Australian Dry Gin
Karu Distillery, Affinity Gin
Mt. Uncle Distillery, Botanic Australis Bushfire Smoked Gin
Nine Circles Distillery, Signature Gin
Organic Bay Distillery, Raspberry and Aniseed
Prohibition Liquor Co., Original Gin
Puss and Mew Distillery, Puss and Mew Honey Coconut Gin
Reed & Co Distillery, Neo New World Dry Gin – TROPHY WINNER
Sin Gin Distillery, Wrath
Sunshine & Sons, Original Dry Gin
The Primary Goods Company , Dovetail Artisan Gin
Nagambie Brewery & Distillery, 3608 Navy Strength Gin – TROPHY WINNER
Puss and Mew Distillery, Puss and Mew Navy Strength Gin
BEST FRUIT OR WINE / GRAPE GIN
Big River Distilling Co, Syrah Gin – TROPHY WINNER
Nine Circles Distillery, Pink Gin
Prohibition Liquor Co., Prohibition Field Blend Shiraz Gin
Daylesford Spirit, Barrel Aged Shiraz Gin
Gypsy Hub, The Craft & Co Old Tom Gin – TROPHY WINNER
Lisandras Distillery, Whisky Barrel Aged Gin
Congratulations to all that entered and especially to the fantastic team at Melbourne Royal for organising such an amazing competition.