Spirit Awards

Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask

The Australian distilling industry is one of the fastest growing and most diverse in the world, and the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask aim to recognise that ingenuity and fortitude while celebrating the industry’s achievements.

Australian distillers are invited to enter in the fifth annual Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask – a celebration of all things distilled around Australia. 

Entries close on 26 August, with the awards ceremony scheduled for Friday 16 September. Following the judging, entrants are invited to attend the awards presentation to see which Australian distillers will be named the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards winners for 2022. 

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Entries now open


2022 Key Dates

Entries Open 

Friday 15 July  

Entries Close 

Friday 26 August  

Samples Received 

By 4pm on Friday 2 September 


Monday 12 – Thursday 15 September 

Awards Presentation 

Friday 16 September  


2022 Award Categories

  • Best Whisky
  • Best Gin
  • Best Vodka
  • Best Rum
  • Best Brandy
  • Best Liqueur
  • Best Vermouth / Bitters / Other
  • Best Small Cask Maturation
  • Best Small Batch Spirit
  • Best Independent Bottler
  • Premier's Gin Award
  • Best Distiller
  • Innovation Award 


New in 2022

Updates to the awards this year include:

  • The Innovation Award is the latest addition to the 12 existing trophies, recognising and celebrating the most innovative spirit that pushes boundaries and shows progression within the Australian spirits industry.

  • Amongst Gold, Silver and Bronze, a new medal will be added to the list of distinctions, Best in Class. These medals applaud the top gold medal winner in each class across all categories. 

For more information, please see the Entry Booklet.


Ollie Margan

Tasting Australia Spirit Awards Head Judge

“I have been involved in the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards over the last four years and year after year I am continuously impressed by the caliber and quality of submissions received. I look forward to working closely with the panel of experts to see what emerging and exciting products are submitted this year.”  

Bill Lark

Tasting Australia Spirit Awards Patron

"I have been involved with the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards as a judge since its inception in 2018. I am honoured to be the Patron for the awards and to work alongside the panel, providing tasting education sessions for the judges which will enhance the overall judging process. I look forward to working with the judges in this capacity and to continue to improve the calibre of the awards for future years."

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Submit an entry

To enter the 2022 Spirit Awards presented by Master Cask, please follow the below steps:

  1. Read the Entry Booklet and the Terms & Conditions of Entry
  2. Complete the online entry form and pay for your entries. The cost of entry per product is $130.00 (incl. GST)
  3. Upon receiving confirmation of your entries and instructions for delivery, submit one (1) x 700mL bottle (or equivalent volume) of each entry for judging by 4pm on Friday 2 September 2022. 

If you have any issues throughout the application process, please contact us at [email protected]