Australian Gins awarded medals at the IWSC

The prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) has announced the 2016 medal winners, and while several Australian gins have followed up their success in San Francisco, disappointingly none were awarded Gold medals this year.

What is the IWSC

The International Wine & Spirit Competition was founded by wine chemist Anton Massel as ‘Club Oenologique’ in 1969. Massel wanted to create a wine and spirit competition which relied not just on the palates of judges, but also by putting the entries through chemical analysis. The name was changed to the ‘International Wine & Spirit Competition’ in 1978.

The original aim of the Competition was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide and this aim remains the same today, with entries received from almost 90 countries.

The Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions and has a dedicated tasting premises and over 400 global experts judging products for 7 months of the year.

Australian Gins awarded medals at the IWSC

Best Packaging Design Range Of The Year 2016

Archie Rose (NSW)


Silver Outstanding – Contemporary Gins (Australia)

Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin (NSW) ( Also awarded a Silver in the Gin and Tonic category)

Botanic Australis (QLD)

Botanic Australis Gin

Silver – Contemporary Gins (Australia)


Four Pillars Rare Dry

Four Pillars Modern Australian

Four Pillars Spiced Negroni

Botanic Australis Navy Strength

Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin and Tonic
Botanic Australis Navy Strength Gin and Tonic

Distillery Botanica (NSW) (Also a Gold Medal awarded in the Best Packaging category)

Distillery Botanica

Bronze – Contemporary Gins (Australia)

Hobart No. 4 (TAS)

Noble Cut (NSW)

For more information on the IWSC visit their website here.

Australian Gins triumph at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Australian gin distillers have been busy creating delicious spirits for some time now and the results of last week’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition highlight the recognition they are getting on the global stage. Here’s some more information on the awards and the medal winners.

What is the San Francisco World Spirits Competition?

Launched in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 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.

The 2016 panel was made up of 39 industry experts including David Wondrich, Julie Reiner, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Dale DeGroff and Charlotte Voisey.

2016 Entries

The number of gins entered into the competition increased from 136 entries in 2015 to 197 in 2016.

Award Levels

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016 medals

Double Gold: Outstanding; earning top marks from all judges.

Gold: An excellent product, meeting very high standards.

Silver: A finely crafted spirit, well above average.

Bronze: A well-crafted spirit that deserves recognition.


Four Pillars Gin

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin (VIC)




Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin (NSW)




Distillery Botanica Garden Grown Gin (NSW)


Hippocampus Gin

Hippocampus Gin (WA)



Shene Estate Poltergeist Unfiltered (TAS)



McHenry Distillery Navy Strength (TAS)



The West Winds Cutlass (WA)



78 Degrees (SA)


Bass & Flinders Angry Ant Gin (VIC)

Bass & Flinders Fleur de Lys (VIC)

Distillery Botanica Moore’s Vintage Gin (NSW)

Dobson’s Sumac Gin (NSW)

Four Pillars Modern Australian Gin (VIC)

Four Pillars Gunpowder Proof Gin (VIC)

Ironbark Disitllery Dry Gin (NSW)

Shene Estate Poltergeist True Spirit (TAS)

Poor Toms Gin (NSW)

The West Winds Sabre (WA)

The West Winds Broadside (WA)


Bass & Flinders Soft and Smooth Gin (VIC)

Mt Uncle Distillery Botanic Australis (QLD)

Four Pillars Barrel-Aged Gin (VIC)

Sullivan’s Cove Hobart No. 4 (TAS)

McHenry Distillery Barrel-Aged Gin (TAS)

Young Henry’s Noble Cut (NSW)

Ironbark Disitllery Wattlseed Gin (NSW)

I’ll be featuring many of these award-winning gins in the Humble Tumbler Australian Gin Masterclasses this year. For more information and to book tickets click here.