New Champion Trophies
Champion Victorian Distiller presented by the Treasurer of Victoria
The Champion Victorian Distiller Trophy acknowledges outstanding achievement in distilling excellence. The trophy will be awarded to the Victorian distiller with the highest average score, calculated from the distiller’s top three scoring exhibits.
Champion Victorian Gin, presented by the Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources.
The Champion Victorian Gin Trophy will be awarded to the Victorian distiller with the highest scoring entry within the Gin classes.
New and revised classes
In 2020, the ADSA is introducing a number of changes to classes in order to represent the current state of the Australian distilled spirits market.
These changes are:
• The 2020 Awards will increase the offering of Whisky classes from five to eight. The changes include the introduction of blended whisky and grain whisky classes and a split of the peated whisky class.
• Removal of the 55% abv minimum for ‘Cask Strength’ class.
• Introduction of the requirement to list the predominant cask type/flavour for all whisky classes.
• Introduction of drop down for age statement in all whisky classes. Options will be Non-Age Statement (minimum age requirement 2 years) then ‘2 years’, ‘3 years’, ‘4 years’, etc.
The classes included in the Best Whisky Trophy are now:
• WKY001 - SINGLE MALT WHISKY UNPEATED
• WKY002 - SINGLE MALT WHISKY PEATED
• WKY003 - CASK STRENGTH WHISKY
• WKY004 - SINGLE BARREL (OR CASK) WHISKY
• WKY005 – BLENDED WHISKY
• WKY006 – GRAIN WHISKY
• WKY007 – OTHER SMOKED WHISKY
• WKY008 – OTHER
• Separation of brandies by style rather than years of aging to better suit the Australian market. This resulted in the introduction of two new grape brandy classes: ‘Grape Brandy Age Statement’ and ‘Grape Brandy Non-Age Statement’ to replace the previous categories.
The classes under the Best Brandy Trophy are now:
• BRN001 - GRAPE BRANDY, AGE STATEMENT
• BRN002 - GRAPE BRANDY, NON-AGE STATEMENT
• BRN003 - FRUIT BRANDY
• BRN004 - POMACE BRANDY
• The Sloe Gin Class GIN006 has been updated to reflect the current Australian production of sloe and fruit gins and the limited availabilities of Sloe berries in Australia. This class is now GIN006 – Fruit Gin, all entries will be grouped by fruit source for judging, to ensure sloe gins are still judged together.
Two classes have been introduced to recognise Australian distillers producing cane spirit that does not meet the aging requirements of Rum by Australian law. The new classes are ‘Cane Spirit’ and ‘Spiced Cane Spirit’
Introduction of a ‘Grain Spirit’ class to recognise spirits that do not meet the aging requirement of whisky by Australian law, however, cannot be entered into the ‘New Make Unaged Spirits’ as they have been subject to a period of maturation in wooden casks.
The classes under the Best Alternative Spirit Trophy are now:
• ALT001 - FRUIT INFUSED SPIRIT (E.G. LIMONCELLO, ETC.)
• ALT002 - FRUIT SCHNAPPS
• ALT003 – OUZO
• ALT004 - NEW MAKE UNAGED SPIRITS
• ALT005 – CANE SPIRIT
• ALT006 – SPICED CANE SPIRIT
• ALT007 – GRAIN SPIRIT
• ALT008 - UNLISTED SPIRIT (NOT IN ANY OTHER CLASS)
The ‘Aromatic Bitters’ trophy has been reclassified to encompass amaro, aperitifs and absinthe with the new Aromatic spirits and liqueurs category.
The new Best Aromatic trophy will have the following classes:
• Amaro (Previously entered into the Herb or Botanical Liqueur class)
• Aperitif (Previously entered into the Herb or Botanical Liqueur class)
• Absinthe (Previously a class under Alternative Spirits)
• Aromatic Bitters
The classes under the Best Aromatic Trophy are now:
• ARO001 – AMARO
• ARO002 - APERITIF
• ARO003 – ABSINTHE
• ARO004 – AROMATIC BITTERS
The Herb or Botanical Liqueur class has been removed. These exhibits will now be entered in the ‘Aromatic’ category.