All of the stands at the Sydney Gin Palooza are now accounted for. We are pleased to welcome three New Zealand Distillers into the group adding a little bit of difference with their Kiwi botanicals. The Distillers’ full list is on the Australian Gin Awards web site and the master classes, VIP Packages and general event tickets are now for sale.
The National Distillery Company is a craft distillery which is located in one of New Zealand’s most iconic heritage buildings, based in the beautiful port of Ahuriri in Napier. Formerly New Zealand’s National tobacco company, the building was built with opulence and indulgence in mind and no cost was spared, and that’s the approach we take with our spirits. YES YES we will be at the Sydney Gin Palooza in November. We can’t wait to pour you a G&T or even better one of our banging cocktails. See you very soon Australia, we love you.
the Australian Gin Awards is growing not just in numbers of entries but in associated events. Mikey Enright will Chair the exciting Cocktail Cup entries open 8 October and close 5 November. Facebook will give all the details.
A $5000 SAVERGLASS surprise gift will be presented to a lucky winner at the Awards Presentation Dinner being held on Thursday 7 March 2019. If you are a Distiller present at the dinner your name can be drawn out of a hat for this amazing luxury, high-end glass prize.
CCL is Australia’s best known wine label producer with manufacturing in Sydney and Adelaide. They have given the awards a $5000 production prize for the winner of Australia’s Best Gin Bottle. The judging team is elly Baxter (Chair);Marty Widholm Lead Designer Cellardoors.co; Penny Sippe Bacardi PR Manager; Sarah Norris Editor Broadsheet Sydney; Rachael Lonergan Brand & Advertising Strategist; Steve Morris; CCL General Manager Wine & Spirits NSW. James Kelly CAPI Sales Manager NSW; Kate Meyer dedicated gin lover;Thank you CCL.
In addition to the trophies and certificates awarded to the contents of the bottle, the bottles themselves will be judged. The top design trophy will be awarded for the Best Gin Bottle. The Chair for this section of the awards is Elly Baxter from The Ginstress. Elly will select her team of judges which will be made up of professional designers and industry figures.
The Australian Gin Awards is in capable hands. The CEO Judith Kennedy AM has successfully managed Australian and international wine awards for more than 20 years. As a business woman she is keenly aware of quality control and delivering on a promise to the entrants. The Chairman is Bill Lark – he is simply a luminary distiller; an international whisky icon; an Aussie champion and an all-round nice bloke.
Together they are offering the gin industry a solid and mindful approach to an awards opportunity in order that distillers and independent bottlers alike may see how they stack up against their peers and benefit from the exposure these awards offer.
In February the judges will be deciding on seven class trophies plus a range of gold, silver and bronze medals. The judges are yet to be announced. There will also be a Gin of Show silver perpetual trophy.
London Dry Gin is the world’s most popular Gin style. Despite its name, it’s not always from London and can be made anywhere, so long as it contains only natural ingredients.
So what makes it “London”? It must be made from pure grain spirit, with flavour introduced from natural botanicals through re-distillation. London Gin also mustn’t contain colouring or any added ingredients other than water.