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Judges

Judges for the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards are selected from across Australia and are engaged based on their outstanding industry knowledge and expertise. Judges are sourced from a broad base and includes distillers, wine and spirits writers, barpersons and retailers of alcoholic beverages.

The 2017 judging panel will be led by Head Judge Sam Bygrave, Editor of Bartender Magazine.

Adam Jenkins

Head Business Manager, Spirits, Dan Murphy's

Judge

Caroline Childerley

‘The Gin Queen’

Associate

Chris Hysted

 

Judge

Clare Burder

‘The Humble Tumbler’ and author of ‘Tipsy’

Associate

Ev Liong

‘First lady of whisky’, Freelance Beverage Consultant

Associate

Fred Siggins

Renowned bartender

Judge

Geoff Fewell

Speakeasy Group Whisky Manager

Judge

Julian White

Whisky + Alement, Co-Owner

Judge

Lee Potter Cavanagh

Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year 2015

Associate

Luke McCarthy

‘Smart Sipping', Executive Style, Fairfax Media

Associate

Michael Chiem

Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year 2016, PS40, Sydney

Associate

Russell Johnson

Freelance Beverage Consultant

Judge

Sam Bygrave

Editor- Bartender Magazine

Head Judge

Sebastian Costello

Bad Frankie, Owner

Judge

Sebastian Raeburn

Cocktail Historian and former Bartender of the Year

Judge

Shaun Byrne

‘Good Measures’ bar consulting, Maidenii vermouth

Judge