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2024 Decoded Spirits awards winners announced

Dan Murphy’s has unveiled the winners of the third annual Decoded Spirits Awards, celebrating outstanding spirits from both national and international producers.

Over 450 products were evaluated through a rigorous two-day blind tasting conducted by a panel of 13 esteemed spirits professionals.

South Australia and Victoria emerged as the frontrunners, each having seven finalists.

Sarah Hall, Dan Murphy’s Head of Spirits, emphasised the significance of these awards in recognising the exceptional quality of spirits in the market and honouring the craftsmanship of Australian producers.

“Australian producers showcase not only remarkable skill and tenacity but also creativity, utilising natural products from our diverse landscape.

“From unique Australian botanicals to high-quality local barley, these elements highlight why Australian producers deserve global recognition,” said Hall.

The results revealed that Queensland dominated in rum, Tasmania shined in whisky, and South Australia excelled in gin.

Old Young’s Pavlova Vodka from Western Australia was celebrated as a tribute to the modern dessert and an excellent base for champagne cocktails and sours.

Hall also noted the growing interest among younger demographics in elevating their at-home experiences, given the changing macroeconomic conditions.

“The MilZ cohort is keen to explore new, sweeter tasting drinks and use their creativity to craft insta-worthy cocktails. These individuals are drawn to high-quality spirits that are unpretentious and accessible, regardless of their bartending expertise,” said Hall.

Full List of Decoded Spirits Awards 2024 Winners:

Agave – Anejo: Solento Organic Anejo Tequila 750ml

Agave – Blanco: Casamigos Blanco Tequila 700ml

Agave – Reposado: Don Julio Reposado Tequila 750ml

Apéritifs, Digestifs & Liqueurs: Dubonnet 700ml

Brandy / Cognac / Armagnac: Hennessy VSOP Cognac 700ml

Gin – Australian: Kangaroo Island Spirits Wild Gin 700ml (South Australia)

Gin – Coloured & Sloe: MG Orange Blossom Gin 700ml

Gin – International: Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin 700ml

Non-Alcoholic (Spirits Substitute): Abstinence Blood Orange Aperitif Non-Alcoholic Spirit 750ml

Pre-Batched Cocktails: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Whisky Can 100ml

Rum: Zacapa Centenario 23 Solera Gran Reserva Rum 700ml

Rum – Spiced: RATU Spiced Rum 5 Year Old 700ml

Scotch – Blended Whisky: Chivas Regal XV 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml

Scotch – Single Malt Whisky: The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml

Vodka – Australian: Tread Softly Vodka 700ml (Victoria)

Vodka – International: Belvedere Vodka 700ml

Whisk(e)y – Australian: Morris Rutherglen Signature Single Malt Australian Whisky 700ml (Victoria)

Whisk(e)y – North American: Redemption Bourbon Whiskey 750ml

Whisk(e)y – World: Yamazaki 12 Year Old Whisky 700ml

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