The NZ Spirits Awards trophy winners revealed

22 May, 2019 by
The Shout NZ

The winners of the inaugural New Zealand Spirits Awards have been announced, with Kiwi distilleries taking home 14 Gold Medals and seven trophies.

Seventeen local and overseas judges – including The Shout’s Tash McGill – blind-tasted more than 250 spirits over two days in March and the overall winners were revealed at a gala dinner at Wellington’s Embassy Theatre on May 10.

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“The NZ Spirits Awards have exceeded our expectations,” says Spirits New Zealand Chief Executive, Robert Brewer. “We would have been very happy to get 100 entries, but 254 entries is truly amazing in its inaugural year. It is also a really solid indication of the growing strength of the New Zealand spirits industry, since almost half of these entries were New Zealand distilleries and products,” he says.

Local Gold Medalists include Juno, Scapegrace, Thomson and Liquid Alchemy. For a full list of medal winners, visit www.spiritsawardsnz.nz.

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The trophy winners

Best New Zealand in Category – Botanical & Other Spirits

Elemental Grapefruit & Hops Bitters

Best Overall in Category – Botanical & Other Spirits

Dolin Vermouth Rogue

Best Overall in Category – Brandies

Denzien Te Aro Dry

New Zealand in Category – Gin

Remy Martin XO

Best Overall in Category – Gin

Denzien Te Aro Dry

Best New Zealand in Category – Liqueurs

Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Cream Liqueur

Best Overall in Category – Liqueurs

Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Cream Liqueur

Best Overall in Category – Rum

Pusser’s Rum

Best New Zealand in Category – Vodka

The White Sheep Co. Sheep Milk Vodka

Best Overall in Category – Vodka

Grey Goose

Best New Zealand in Category – Whiskey

Thomson Whisky Two Tone

Best Overall in Category – Whiskey

Talisker 10 YO

New Zealand Innovation Award

TeKiwi 100% Blue Agave Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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