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Small distillery beats the giants

wineQueensland’s Tamborine Mountain Distillery (TMD), has beaten a host of international brands at the annual wine and spirits competition, CWSA, in China.

The company, which is the smallest operating pot still distillery in Australia, won the award for best liqueur (Apricot Brandy), in conjunction with a series of other accolades including six double gold medals (Chai, Gingerbread, Coffee, Festive Fruits, Honey Dew Melon, Apricot Brandy) two gold medals (Choc Mint, Apricot Schnapps,) and a silver (Choc Hazelnut).

Competition at the blind-tasting held in Hong Kong included brands such as Scotland’s Haig Club,  Australia’s Wolf Blass, Chile’s Vina Ventisquero, and France’s Les Grand Chais de France.

“We are extremely proud of our recognition at CWSA 2015. The most renowned brands in the world compete and it is an honor to see that our spirits compare with the best in the industry. A CWSA medal is a trusted badge of honor. We have always been committed to quality, but this further bolsters our desire to craft the best products possible,” said Michael Ward, MD,  TMD.

CWSA judges, who travelled from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan to attend the blind-tasting, reported the standard of this year’s wine and spirits was the highest ever seen.

Julien Amoris, French national based in Hong Kong for ten years, and MD  at Bacchus Club wine importer commented, “I am proud to have been part of the CWSA Judge’s panel and to give opportunities to talented wineries and distilleries to be discovered and further develop their sales in China.

“The TMD team has been unrelenting in our efforts to make top-quality spirits this season, and thanks to our success at CWSA we look forward to displaying our Medals and standing out in the thriving Chinese market.”

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