Spirit Awards
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Spirit Awards


Introducing the judges of the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards

We are so excited to see entries to the 2019 Tasting Australia Spirit Awards coming through thick and fast. And with just two weeks left to enter your gin, whisky, vodka, rum, brandy, liqueurs and more into the Awards, we have an announcement to make…

We present to you the revered line-up of judges from around the country who will be tasked with assessing every entry this April.

Judging will be led by World Whisky Award Hall of Fame inductee Bill Lark of Tasmania’s Lark Distillery who is credited with reigniting Tasmania’s whisky industry and has accumulated global accolades for his uniquely Australian spirits.

Joining Lark for a second year is Brooke Hayman, co-founder of Whisky & Alement (VIC) who travels the world aiding in whisky education and industry growth. And just last year, Brooke took out first place at the Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championships!

The Gin Queen Caroline Childerley (VIC) brings a wealth of knowledge through the running of the country’s largest gin blog, being an ambassador for World Gin Day and owner of a gin distillery tour company.

MasterCask’s founder Darren Lange (SA) joins the panel once again with over 30 years in the industry, including creating and supplying barrels to the distilling, brewing and wine industries. MasterCask also joins the Awards as the presenting partner for the second year.

Formerly from Australia’s largest retail outlet for single malts, Baily & Baily, Graham Wright (SA) now owns and manages The Odd Whisky Coy. This is his second year judging the awards.  

Harriet Leigh is Head of Hospitality at Archie Rose Distilling Co. (NSW) and has extensive experience in the industry, beginning with bartending her family’s parties at a young age. 

The self-professed “lord of liquor” of Western Australia’s Tiny’s Liquor Emporium, Jessica Arnott, brings an impressive CV along with her. She’s worked as a cook, bartender, cheese connoisseur and now she’s using her knowledge of beer, wine, spirits and food to be General Manager of Tiny’s.

Once again, Marcus Motteram (SA) will be on the panel. The award-winning bartender and owner of South Australia’s Hains & Co is one of the country’s most respected authorities when it comes to all things spirits and cocktails.

Hellbound’s Mark Reginato (also Man of Spirit, Connect Vines, SA) will be back in 2019, bringing with him more than 20 years of industry experience and three incredibly successful businesses.

Sacha La Forgia

Sacha La Forgia, founder of Adelaide Hills Distillery and former winemaker, joins the panel. He brings a passion for crafting spirits with Australian produce and values - both of which are at the heart of his 78˚ Gin.

And last but certainly not least, Seb Costello (VIC) who opened Bad Frankie – Australia’s first bar to stock only Aussie spirits, wines and beers – in Fitzroy, Victoria. His passion really is second to none!

We thank our judges in advance for their dedication and expertise and look forward to welcoming them to Tasting Australia next month.

Entries for the 2019 Tasting Australia Spirit Awards presented by MasterCask close 22 March. Click here to enter.

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