Wildbrumby wins gold medal at Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Wildbrumby Distillery has been awarded ‘Gold’ for its Peach Nectar schnapps in the Schnapps Liqueur category at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.
Wildbrumby has been in the spirits business for well over a decade. It was one of the first craft distilleries established in Australia, and introduced schnapps – that quintessential tipple from the European Alps – to Australian snow sport enthusiasts.
Distiller Brad Spalding has developed many varieties of schnapps which have proven extremely popular among visitors to the Snowy region. Peach Nectar Schnapps is one of its classic range and has a rich succulent flavour.
Run by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the Australian Distilled Spirits Award is the only national awards program recognising excellence in Australian distilled spirits and liqueurs.
“We are honoured that one of our classic schnapps products has received a gold medal in this prestigious category,” says Wildbrumby founder, Brad Spalding.
“Schnapps is not a traditionally Australian spirit, but we have developed a unique twist on European schnapps, that is especially tailored to local palates.”
This latest award follows recent successes with its Classic, Rubus Patch and Stallion gin, which have all claimed ‘Gold’ at international spirits competitions in Melbourne and Asia.
The distillery was also named as a leading food and drink innovator in 2017 for its schnapps range in the book Celebrating Australian Food and Agribusiness Innovations, which showcased 50 stand-out products across the entire Australian food value chain.
Wildbrumby was chosen for its focus on product experience and the personalisation of its ever-growing range of contemporary Australian spirits.
Wildbrumby Distillery has been awarded ‘Gold’ for its Stallion navy strength gin at the Asia International Spirits Competition last week.
This follows similar successes with its Classic and Rubus Patch gins which have each claimed ‘Gold’ at the Melbourne International Spirits Competition.
The Asia International Spirits Competition brings a major international spirits event to the region, and features trade-only judges. Close to 100 entries were submitted from 15 countries around the world.
Wildbrumby is best known for introducing schnapps to the Snowy Mountains, but over the past few years, the distillery has been undergoing something of a ‘gin revolution’.
Stallion is a high spirited (57%) navy-strength gin, and a smooth and spicy addition to the expanding range of wildbrumby gin, says Wildbrumby founder, Brad Spalding.
Developed for gin connoisseurs in search of a strong, flavourful spirit, it blends juniper and native mountain pepper with black tea, ginger and orchard-grown citrus to create an exceptionally well balanced contemporary spirit.
“Subtle notes of cassia coalesce with more dominant juniper and citrus picked from the family orchard to deliver a punchy pallet of flavours,” says Wildbrumby distiller Sebastian Drüge.
“A smooth, viscous ‘oiliness’ rounds out the spicy spirit, further enhanced by the purity, alkalinity and mineral trace elements of the natural alpine spring water used in the distilling process.”