Aussie Gin Lovers Unite: The World's Best Gin For 2019 Has Been Named
It proves the controversial statement that Australians make the best gin.
The world's best gin has just been named in the 2019 International Gin Producer of the Year at the 50th Annual International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.
And the winner of the industry's greatest accolade is none other than Yarra Valley-based distillery Four Pillars Gin.
It's safe to say most Aussies already knew this was the case, so it's exciting for one of our favourite gins to be acknowledged on such a grand scale.
Gin is more popular now than it has been for more than a century. Australia's gin consumption has grown by almost 33 per cent from 2017 to 2018, according to the latest data from the 2018 International Wine and Spirit Report.
Much of this is due to the quality and growth of Australia craft gin in recent years, with the increasing popularity of local distilleries such as Poor Tom's Gin Hall and Archie Rose Distilling Co.
There are more than 100 gin distilleries in Australia when compared to five years ago when there were less than 10, reported the ABC.
So to gin lovers, it comes as no surprise that Four Pillars Gin has been acknowledged globally. Four Pillars Gin was established in 2013 in the Yarra Valley on the outskirts of Melbourne.
It has become one of the world’s benchmark distilleries, Australia’s No.1 craft spirit and a leading light in the Australian gin revolution.
"To win this award, on the eve of our sixth birthday is really, truly, bloody incredible,” Co-founder and Distiller Cameron Mackenzie said.
When we started making test batches of gin back in 2012 we never in our maddest, wildest dreams thought this could happen so quickly. To say that I am in a state of disbelief would be vastly understating the true state of my disbelief.
The previous two winners of this award were Kyoto Distillery in Japan last year and Hernö from Sweden in 2017.
"We couldn’t be in better company. They are two of the greatest distilleries and two of our best mates in the world of gin," Mackenzie added.
Stuart Gregor from the Australian Distillers Association attributes the explosion of the gin industry in Australia to our inventive use of local ingredients including, botanicals and even cheese whey.
Gregor pointed out that London is only the leader in gin because they've "had a 300-year head start on us" but Australia is catching up.
"We could potentially, in 20 or 30 years, flip the whole industry on its head and we could actually be the world leaders in gin production," Gregor said.
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