Liquor retailer Dan Murphy’s has the best gins, whiskeys and rums in its inaugural Decoded Spirits Awards.
The event was judged over five days with 10 experts blind-tasting 600 spirits with prices starting from $35. It follows a similar successful Decoded competition for wines.
Gin was a very popular category garnering 300 entries followed by Australian whiskey, rum and agave spirits such as tequila and mezcal.
Dan Murphy’s spirits category manager and Decoded Spirits judge James Duvnjak said customers were increasingly looking for craft producers and innovative expressions of traditional spirits.
“Customers are drinking less, but better, so making a delicious cocktail at home has become an event on a Friday or Saturday night,” he said.
Dan Murphy’s MD Alex Freudmann said the awards have been a huge success allowing customers to discover new products while suppliers get their merchandise in front of a bigger audience.
Notable winners include: NSW distillery Archie Rose’s Bone Dry Gin was named Best Australian Gin while 23rd Distillery’s Violet Gin was named Best Coloured Gin.
Corowa Distilling was awarded Best Australian Whisky and West Australian distillery Illegal Tender’s Distiller’s Cut Rum was named the best Australian rum.
The winners will also be promoted across Dan Murphy’s stores in the country.