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Media Release: Small Batch Spirits to be recognised at 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards with entries now open

The 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) is open for entries, with the introduction of the Champion Australian Small Batch Spirit Trophy and three new classes in the second year of this prestigious event.

The only awards of their kind in Australia, the ADSA was first held as a standalone event in 2015, following increased popularity of the spirits category as part of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards and in response to the growing number of distilleries across the country who were looking to benchmark their spirits and liqueurs against their peers.

Acknowledging specialty small-scale production spirits and liqueurs that are made in limited quantities and are distinct from a distiller’s standard range, the Champion Small Batch Spirit Trophy will bring the number of major trophies of the program to nine.

Mark O’Sullivan, CEO of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the organisation which conducts ADSA, says the new trophy recognises the high quality small batch production that is occurring in Australia.

“Australian distillers are renowned the world over for their inventive and superior crafting of small batch spirits. Our awards are continually evolving to respond to the rapidly changing industry so this new award was introduced to reflect the growing trend of small batch distillation,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

The 2016 awards will also present Champion Trophies for Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Rum, Liqueur and Alternative Spirit, culminating in the Champion Australian Distiller Trophy which recognises outstanding achievement in distilling excellence and will be awarded to the distiller with the highest average score, calculated on the bases of the distiller’s top three (3) scoring exhibits.

The 2016 ADSA also sees the addition of classes for Whisky Liqueur, Rum Liqueur, and Cream Liqueur.

The ADSA gives participants the opportunity to benchmark products, receive invaluable feedback from industry experts and be rewarded for excellence in production; leading to potential domestic and international sales growth.

Judging of the awards will take place on April 12-13 with entries assessed through blind tasting to determine gold, silver and bronze medal winners, as well as award the Champion Trophies, with the panel of industry expert judges led by Head Judge Jason Crawley of The Drinks Cabinet.

The presentation of the ADSA trophies will take place on April 21, to be followed by the first ever Australian Distilled Spirits Awards exhibitor and trade tasting on April 22, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste medal and trophy winning products.

For details of ADSA, visit or follow @AuSpiritsAwards on Twitter.

For all media enquiries and images, please contact:
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV
03 9281 7436 / 0428 798 486