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Classes & Criteria

Australian spirits and liqueurs producers can enter products into seven different categories.

WHISKY

WKY001 - SINGLE MALT WHISKY
WKY002 - CASK STRENGTH WHISKY
WKY003 - SINGLE BARREL (OR CASK) WHISKY
WKY004 - PEATED WHISKY
WKY005 - OTHER WHISKY (EG. SOUR MASH, OTHER UNLISTED)

GIN

GIN001 - GIN

VODKA

VOD001 - PURE (NEUTRAL) VODKA
VOD002 - FLAVOUR DISTILLED VODKA
VOD003 - FLAVOUR INFUSED VODKA

BRANDY

BRN001 - GRAPE BRANDY, 2-3YRS OLD
BRN002 - GRAPE BRANDY, 3YRS-5YRS
BRN003 - GRAPE BRANDY, 5YRS+
BRN004 - FRUIT BRANDY
BRN005 - POMACE BRANDY

RUM

RUM001 - OVERPROOF RUM
RUM002 - UNDERPROOF RUM
RUM003 – SPICED RUM
RUM004 – WHITE RUM

LIQUEURS

LIQ001 - FRUIT LIQUEUR
LIQ002 - HERB OR BOTANICAL LIQUEUR
LIQ003 - SCHNAPPS LIQUEUR
LIQ004 - CREAM LIQUEUR
LIQ005 - WHISKY LIQUEUR
LIQ006 - RUM LIQUEUR
LIQ007 - OTHER LIQUEUR (NOT IN ANY OTHER CLASS)

ALTERNATIVE SPIRITS

ALT001 - FRUIT INFUSED SPIRIT (E.G. LIMONCELLO, ETC.)
ALT002 - FRUIT SCHNAPPS
ALT003 – ABSINTHE
ALT004 – OUZO
ALT005 - 'NEW MAKE' UNAGED SPIRITS
ALT006 - UNLISTED SPIRIT (NOT IN ANY OTHER CLASS)

Entries are blind tasted and judged on their own merits against a set of criteria.

Entries are allocated a tasting order number to ensure the anonymity of the Exhibit and to protect the integrity of the judging process.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for entry into the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards entries must meet the following requirements:

  • Exhibitors must be registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a licensed distiller or manufacturer and must provide a copy of their ATO Excise Manufacturer Licence (EML) during the entry process.
  • In the event that the Exhibitor is not the manufacturer (distiller) of the product entered, the Exhibitor warrants that they have the relevant permits and or licences to enter the product.
  • Entries must be manufactured (distilled) and packaged in Australia.
  • Entries must comply with Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 2.7.5 – Spirits, and must not contain any illegal additives.
  • Entries must comply with the Australian regulatory requirements that apply in relation to product, labelling and excise (including the Excise Act 1901).
  • Entries must be of sound, marketable quality from a commercial production or batch, finished and sealed in their final container with Batch / Barrel / Cask / Bottle Numbers.
  • Entries must be commercially available in the precise composition and in the same packaging, including the labels, in which it is sent for judging. Tank samples and especially bottled batches will not be accepted as entries into the competition.
  • An Exhibit can only be entered once into the ADSA, however an Exhibitor can enter a maximum of five (5) Exhibits into a class as long as they can demonstrate a technical difference between the Exhibits.