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Australian Distilled Spirit Awards are now open

Entries are now open for the 10th annual Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Established in 2015, the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards is one of Australia’s first and largest national spirits competition highlighting the innovation and excellence of Australian-manufactured spirits, liqueurs, aromatics, vermouths and ready-to-serves.

Melbourne Royal chief executive Brad Jenkins said, “The Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards proudly acknowledge, celebrate and inspire innovation in Australian distilling.

Endorsed by the Australian Distillers Association, the Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards offer distillers an opportunity to showcase their craftsmanship and innovation, while also receiving recognition and feedback from Australia’s industry experts.

Melbourne Royal report after a record-breaking year in 2023, with 970 entries from 246 exhibitors, the 10th annual Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards promises even more excitement.

This year, the awards have been enhanced with the inclusion of the New Ready to Serve Category, which aims to acknowledge the growth and innovation in the Australian ready to serve market. The category will feature two new classes: Ready to Serve Cocktail and Ready to Serve Pre-Mix.

“In response to industry feedback, Melbourne Royal has introduced some changes to the Awards in 2024 to better reflect industry needs, wants and expectations along with consumer interests. One of the most exciting changes is the introduction of two new classes: Ready to Serve Cocktail and Ready to Serve Pre-Mix,” said Jenkis.

The Awards will be implementing the following updates:

  • Split of New World / Contemporary Gin – Expanding on the introduction of sub-styles in the New World / Contemporary Gin class, these styles will now form their own classes in 2024 including, Australian Contemporary / Dry, Citrus Gin & Contemporary Gin.
  • New Classes – Introduction of new classes including Barrel-Aged Vodka, Cello Liqueur, Nut Liqueur

Entries are now open and will close Friday 7 June 2024.

Full details of the categories and classes and how to enter the Awards can be found at melbourneroyal.com.au/spirits

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