These are the BEST spirits in Australia: A look at the 19 winning award-winning brands of 2022 – and they start at just $35 a bottle
- Dan Murphy’s has unveiled the winners of the 2022 Decoded Awards Spirits
- More than 600 spirits were blind tasted by 10 judges over five days
- The 19 categories included gin, brandy, whisky, rum, liqueur and vodka
- Prices start at $35 and all winning products are available nationwide
Australian liquor chain Dan Murphy’s has announced the 19 winners of the inaugural Decoded Spirits Awards.
More than 600 spirits were blind tested by 10 professional judges over five days, and more than 300 entries were gin alone.
The wide range of categories included vodka, gin, brandy, whisky, rum and coloured gin with prices starting from just $35.
Each spirit was judged based on quality of the spirit and value for money.
Dan Murphy’s has announced the 19 winners of the Decoded Spirits Awards
The Archie Rose’s Bone Dry Gin in New South Wales was named Best Australian Gin, while South Australian-made 23rd Distillery’s Violet Gin won Best Coloured Gin (pictured)
The Archie Rose’s Bone Dry Gin in New South Wales was named Best Australian Gin, while South Australian-made 23rd Distillery’s Violet Gin won Best Coloured Gin.
Dan Murphy’s Spirits Category Manager and Decoded Spirits judge, James Duvnjak said: ‘Gin remains a customer favourite, and it’s great to see that Australian gin distillers are continuing to produce world-class drinks.’
With the pandemic shifting drinking habits, more people started making cocktails at home and continue to do so.
‘Customers are drinking less, but better, so making a delicious cocktail at home has become an event on a Friday or Saturday night,’ James said.
‘The ingredients are important; increasingly customers are looking for craft producers and innovative expressions of traditional spirits.’
The winners of the 2022 Dan Murphy’s Decoded Spirits Awards:
Australian gin: Archie Rose Distilling Co. Bone Dry Gin – $89.99
International gin: Jawbox Small Batch Dry Gin – $64.99
Coloured & Sloe Gin: 23rd Street Distillery Violet Gin – $80.99
Non-alcoholic: Gordons 0% – $34.99
Vodka: Old Young’s Pavlova Vodka – $69.99
Brandy: St Agnes XO 15 Year Old Brandy – $109.99
Australian Whisky: Corowa Characters Australian Single Malt Whisky – $94.99
Scotch Whisky: The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask Single Malt – $129.99
North American Whisky: Maker’s Mark 46 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky – $68.99
Australian Rum: Illegal Tender Rum Co Distiller’s Cut Rum – $84.99
Spiced Rum: Captain Webb’s Two Swallows Orange & Ginger Spiced Rum – $45.99
Aperitifs & Digestifs: Campari Bitter Aperitif – $41.99
Agave Tequila: Patrón Silver Tequila – $94.99
Agave Mezcal: Burrito Fiestero Cenizo Mezcal – $94.99
Pre-batched cocktails: Curatif Tequila Tromba Tommy’s Margarita cans – $49.99 in CDS states (pack of 4)
Liqueurs: Cazcabel Tequila Coffee Liqueur – $59.99
Asian Spirits: Luzhou Laojiao Zisha Daqu Baijiu – $102.99
The winner of the pre-batched cocktail category was Curatif’s Tequila Tromba Tommy’s Margarita cans, priced at $49.99 for a pack of four (pictured)
Gordon’s 0% gin (pictured) was named the best non-alcoholic gin, priced at $34.99
The winner of the pre-batched cocktail category was Curatif’s Tequila Tromba Tommy’s Margarita cans, priced at $49.99 for a pack of four.
The product is the convenient way of enjoying a cocktail at home with friends.
The Old Young’s Pavlova Vodka, priced at $69.99, was named the best vodka and offers a subtle sweetness with floral notes.
The Archie Rose’s Bone Dry Gin in New South Wales was named best Australian gin (pictured)
While this is the first inaugural awards, Dan Murphy’s Decoded Wine awards are now in the third year.
Dan Murphy’s Managing Director Alex Freudmann said: ‘We launched our Decoded Wine Awards in 2020 because we wanted to make great wines more approachable for our customers.
‘The Awards have been a huge success with customers enjoying discovering great drops, and suppliers getting their products in front of more customers.’