It's a wrap. 2019 ADSA judging is over, now we wait for the Champion announcement

Judging for the 2019 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) has wrapped up, after spanning two days at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The largest Australian distilled spirits and liqueur awards, the competition attracted more than 300 entries this year, a 14% increase on 2018, reflecting the burgeoning industry and increasing number of distillers across the country.

This year’s entries were assessed by 26 of Australia’s leading industry experts over the past two days, and scored based on appearance, nose, palate, balance and finish.

The awards offer entrants the opportunity to benchmark against set criteria; receive invaluable independent feedback from industry experts; and be rewarded for excellence in this growing sector.

The Champions of the ADSA will be spilled in Melbourne at the 2019 High Spirits celebrating the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Thank you again to this year's ADSA judging panel led by Head Judge, Sam Bygrave, Australian Bartender Magazine.

2019 ADSA Head Judge, Sam Bygrave, Australian Bartender Magazine

2019 ADSA Head Judge, Sam Bygrave, Australian Bartender Magazine

Panel Chairs

Fred Siggins, Sullivans Cove, TAS
Julian White, Whisky + Alement, VIC
Seb Costello, Bad Frankie, VIC
Sebastian Raeburn, The Craft & Co., VIC
Lee Potter Cavanagh, Rosenbaum & Fuller, NSW


Seb Costello, Bad Frankie

Seb Costello, Bad Frankie


Geoff Fewell, Lee Ho Fook, VIC
Luke McCarthy, Whisky + Alement, VIC
Michael Chiem, Ps40, NSW
Michael Madrusan, Made in the Shade, VIC
Nick Peters, Mamasita, VIC
Ollie Margan, Maybe Mae, SA
Orlando Marzo, Worksmith, VIC
Russell Johnson, Russell Johnson Consulting, SA
Sacha La Forgia, Adelaide Hills Distillery, SA
Shaun Byrne, Good Measure Liquor Consultants, VIC
Tim Stones, Manly Spirits Co., NSW


Associate Judges

Alissa Gabriel Mjolner, NSW
Brogan Carr, Brogan's Way Distillery, VIC
Lex Poulsen, Hippocampus, VIC
Mitch Wilson, Maison Ferrand, NSW
Evelyn Liong, Mr. Harry's Marketing Department, VIC
Nick Miles, Lucky Duck Club, QLD
Nick Rose, Dan Murphy's, VIC
Nicole Kimlin, Dan Murphy's Cellar, VIC
Shay Chamberlain, Black Pearl, VIC
Tim Gniel, Tarac Technologies, SA