Australian Distilled Spirits Prices 2022

Important news for cocktail connoisseurs and budding mixologists, the Australian prices for distilled spirits made its grand return to the Victoria Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds on Wednesday October 26, celebrating the country’s finest spirits, liqueurs and herbs.

This year saw particularly tight competition, with over 200 exhibitors entering a record 863 entries in 11 categories. Never distill Co won first place as Australian Distiller Champion – the third consecutive win for South Australian Distillers, making them the first distillery team to do so. Earlier in the evening, Never Never also won Best New World/Contemporary Gin for their Southern Strength gin.

It was also a big night for Victorian distilleries, knocking out almost a third of the best gongs. Yack Creek won the Victorian Distiller’s Championship title for the second time, as well as three gold medals for its amber rum, spiced rum and wheat whisky.

The champion Victorian Gin went to Naught Distilling’s Sangiovese Gin – an off-court win for the distillery’s founder, former professional basketball player Chris Cameron. Now he’s traded in his trainers for distillation tools, he’s racked up the wins – last year he scooped trophies for Champion Victorian Gin and New World/Contemporary Gin.

Gongs were also given out for exciting flavor combinations: Penni Ave Distillery, based on the Mornington Peninsula, took home best vodka thanks to its combination of acacia seeds and burnt honey, while best liqueur was went to the Kilderkin Distillery in Mount Pleasant for its Larrikin Bramble and Apple Pie Liqueur.

Melbourne Royal CEO Brad Jenkins said in a statement that the awards recognize Australia’s “long tradition” of distillation and “the emergence of the next generation of spirits”.

Head to the Melbourne Royal website to view the full list of winners – and stock your bar cart accordingly.

Top photo: Adam Wilson

Harold B. McConnell