The winners of the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards 2022 were announced at a ceremony held on 16 September.

This year’s event brought in the highest number of entries since the it’s inception, with 328 spirits from 77 distillers from across the country.

A total of 278 medals were given out including 45 gold, 135 silver, 84 bronze and 14 Best in Class medals.

Winners were selected by a judging panel of expert judges from across the country led by Ollie Margan from Maybe Mae in South Australia.

“The Australian distilling industry is one of the most diverse in the world and the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards recognises that ingenuity and energy,” says Margan.

“For the first time, we saw entries from the Northern Territory as well as an increase in entries from New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.”

South Australian distilling company Prohibition Liquor Co. was recognised for it’s Prohibition Liquor Co. Original Gin which took out the title of Best Gin and the Premier Gin award.

The best Whisky award went to Fleurieu Distillery’s Country to Coast #3 which also won the innovation award and earned the brand the title of Best Distiller along with it’s Never a Dull Moment Apera whisky.

Spring Bay Distillery’s Single Malt Whiskey ex-Apera cask 46% won Best Small Cask Maturation while Union Brewery and Distillery’s Bellwether Single Malt Whisky Release 9 was named the Best Small Batch Spirit.

Other awards included Best Rum, won by Bundaberg Distilling company’s Bundaberg Rum Master distillers’ Collection-Solera; Vodka secured by FNQ Spirits’ Croc Vodka; Liqueur went to Southern Wild Distillery’s Dasher + Fisher Raspberry and Brandy to St. Agnes Distillery’s XO 20 YO Imperial.

To see the full list of medal winners click here.