Western Australia Sweeps 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Western Australia Sweeps 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

Western Australia Minister for Racing and Gaming Colin Holt

Western Australian Distillers The Toast Of The Nation

Victor P Taffa

  • Albany whiskey distillery Limeburners named Australian Distiller of the Year
  • Kununurra’s Hoochery and Swan Valley’s Old Young’s named champion rum and vodka respectively

Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt today declared Western Australia a nation-leader in producing fine spirits after local distilleries scooped the pool at the 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA).

Albany’s Limeburners Distillery was announced Australian Distiller of the Year at the ADSA ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday night, taking home a total of three trophies including the title of Champion Whisky for the second year running and Champion Small Batch Spirit.

“Limeburners won the small batch trophy for their Single Malt Whisky Heavy Peat M226, which was also awarded Champion Whisky.” Mr. Holt said.

“Limeburners has been distilling whisky for 10 years from its boutique distillery in Albany, and now also in Margaret River.”

Kununurra’s Hoochery Distillery took home the award for Champion Rum for its Ord River Rum, Premium and Old Young’s (previously Wild Swan Distillery) Pure No.1 was named Champion Vodka.

“Of the eight awards on offer, Western Australian distillers won five of them.” Mr. Holt said.

“These distilleries are not only a source of great pride for our State, but also provide significant employment and tourism opportunities. Just this week, I was at the Hoochery in Kununurra which had more than 20,000 tourists and visitors come through the door last year.”

Mr. Holt said the State Government was making it easier for distillers to do business.

“The Barnett State Government is reducing regulatory burden so the distilling sector can continue to grow.” Mr. Holt said.

“Legislative changes passed through State Parliament last year allow distilleries to sell their product online or via telephone from an offsite location.”

“Further red tape reductions have been planned following consultation with the industry for later this year and, pending State Government approval, a measure to allow distillers to serve their product with a mixer for tastings will also be introduced.” Mr. Holt said.

Fact File

  • The 2016 ADSA attracted 154 entries from 42 exhibitors, representing more than 80% of Australian distillers
  • Other WA distilleries to enter into the awards included Gidgegannup Distilleries Pty Ltd, Hippocampus Distillery, The Grove Experience, The Tailor Made Spirits Company and Whipper Snapper Distillery

 

2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards Trophy Listing

Champion Australian Distiller

Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Heavy Peat M226

Limeburners Distillery, WA

Champion Small Batch Spirit

Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Heavy Peat M226

Limeburners Distillery, WA

Champion Whisky

Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Heavy Peat M226

Limeburners Distillery, WA

Champion Gin

Kis Old Tom

Kangaroo Island Spirits, SA

Champion Vodka

Pure No. 1

Old Young’s, WA

Champion Brandy

St. Agnes XO

St. Agnes Distillery, SA

Champion Rum

Ord River Rum – Premium

Hoochery Distillery, WA

Champion Liqueur

Golden Knight Schnapps Liqueur

Castle Glen Australia, QLD