Spirit Awards


Tasting Australia Spirit Awards

The Australian distilling industry is one of the fastest growing and most diverse in the world. These national awards aim to recognise that ingenuity and fortitude while celebrating the industry’s achievements. 

Entries will be assessed by a panel of expert Australian judges selected by Tasting Australia Spirit Awards Head Judge and the bartender behind one of Australia's best bars: Ollie Margan. Owner of Maybe Mae and multiple other hospitality venues across the Adelaide CBD, Ollie Margan has been involved with the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards for the last six years and will lead the judging panel throughout the judging process. 

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2023 AWARD WINNERS

 

2024 Key Dates

Entries Open 

Monday 17 June

Entries Close 

Friday 26 July

Samples Received 

By 4pm on Friday 2 August

Judging 

Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 August

Awards Presentation 

TBC

2024 Award Categories

  • Best Whisky
  • Best Gin
  • Best Vodka
  • Best Rum
  • Best Brandy
  • Best Liqueur
  • Best Vermouth / Bitters / Other
  • Premier's Spirit Award
  • Best Distiller
  • Innovation Award 
  • Best New Distiller 
Entry Benefits & Requirements
Awards & Eligibility
Judging
Entry Process & Awards Event

Ollie Margan
Head Judge

“Since the awards started in 2018, we have seen an increasing number of Australian based artisanal distillers and I look forward to seeing what new and innovative products are entered into the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards this year.

"Not only do the Spirit Awards offer an opportunity to shine at the country’s longest running culinary festival, but they also offer an important launch pad for distillers nationwide – awards like these can increase a boutique distiller’s credibility when entering into the mainstream market.” 

Bill Lark
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."


PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2023 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2023 Winners
2022 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2022 Winners
2021 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2021 Winners
2020 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2020 Winners
2019 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Tasting Australia Spirit Award Winners
2018 Winners

Contact us

For competition and event enquiries:

Danielle Van Bakel
Event Coordinator – Tasting Australia
08 8132 8333
[email protected] 

 

For media enquiries:

Jessica Battams
PR Manager
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For sponsorship enquiries:

Robert Caruana 
Commercial Partnership Manager
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