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Spirit Awards

Celebrating the best of Australian Spirits.

Introducing the inaugural Tasting Australia Spirit Awards; a celebration of all things distilled around Australia. 

The national distillery industry will come together for a fresh new award series recognizing the ingenuity and energy among Australian distillers at present.

Distillers are invited to enter their gin, whisky, vodka, rum, brandy, liqueurs and more for judging by the expert panel, led by Tasting Australia ambassador, winemaker and commentator Nick Stock. 

First, the Godfather of Australian whisky and World Whisky Award Hall of Fame inductee Bill Lark (Lark’s Distillery, Tasmania) who is credited with reigniting Tasmania’s whisky industry since 1992 and has accumulated global accolades for his uniquely Australian spirits.

Joining Lark is Graham Wright, founder of Australia’s only specialist online whisky retailer The Odd Whisky Coy.

Wright previously established Australia’s largest retail outlet for single malts (Baily & Baily) before joining Oddbins Wine Auctions. Today he curates The Odd Whisky Coy, keeping spirit enthusiasts curious but satisfied.

South Australian aficionados Marcus Motteram (the founder of popular spirit bar Hains & Co), respected boutique wine and spirits distributor Mark Reginato and the co-owner of cocktail mecca Maybe Mae, Ollie Margan, round out the lineup.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will follow a full day of judging to see which Australian distillers will be named the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards winners for 2018. Following the awarding of prizes, guests can taste the top drops and meet the makers behind the bottles.

After the sun sets, explore Adelaide and discover a bustling small bar scene where the country’s distillers will be waiting to meet, greet and satiate.

To Enter

Distillers are invited to enter their products in the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards. A $99 fee applies per product entered. ENTER HERE.

Entry Information:

One entry per form. Please submit an entry form for each product you wish to enter.

Product categories:

  • Whisky
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Brandy
  • Liqueurs
  • Other Spirits

Each entry must be supported by 2 x 750ml (or 700ml) sample bottles for judging. Samples must be received by Friday 6 April 2018.

Shipping details:
Attn: Madeline Burke

Tasting Australia Spirit Awards
Events South Australia
Level 3, 121 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Key Dates:
Entries Close: Friday 23 March

Samples Received By: Friday 6 April
Judging: Thursday 19 April (AM)

Awards Presentation & Public Tasting: Thursday 19 April, 6PM (further details will be released in March)

Public Tasting

Tickets to the public tasting and awards ceremony will go on sale in March for $85 each.

Our Partners

City of Adelaide
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Singapore Airlines
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