Media Release Tuesday 28th March 2023

Kangaroo Island Spirits’ outstanding gold medal win in world’s best competition

Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits has been recognised in the biggest spirits awards competition in the world.

The distilling team has been awarded the highest accolade - a Gold Outstanding medal - for its O Gin at the 2023 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Considered to be the Oscars of the global drinks industry, the IWSC is the world’s largest and most prestigious international competition for spirits with thousands of entries from over 50 different countries.

Kangaroo Island Spirits also received silver medals for its Old Tom Gin, Spiced Pudding Gin and Whisky Barrel Aged Gin and Head Distiller Charlie Schmidt couldn’t be prouder.

"The competition was tough this year with a record number of entries, and it’s awesome to think that our gin is one of the best in the world,” he says.

“These awards are a tribute to the dedication and to receive a score of 98 for our O Gin shows the world our distilling talents here in Australia.”

Managing Director of Mighty Craft Mark Haysman agrees. “These awards confirm that Kangaroo Island Spirits represents the pinnacle of premium spirits, not only in Australia, but the world.

“Charlie and the distilling team are highly skilled at making spirits that capture a rare purity of flavours and place, and it’s great to see them receive international recognition,” he says.

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Judges’ tasting notes.

O Gin - Fragrant neroli and jasmine perfume with delicate hints of vanilla, sea spray and coastal minerality. Exotic and alluring with pears, apricots, beautiful acacia honey and a sweet smokiness displaying bramble jelly and soft brown sugar spice on the velvety finish. 98 points.

Old Tom Gin – Gorgeously zesty with big sparkling notes of sprightly juniper, lemon peel and fresh coriander. Radiantly clean on the finish with a lingering trace of pleasingly warm spice. 92 points.

Spiced Pudding Gin - Juniper aromas with sweet Christmas spices of cloves and dry ginger. The palate has a light touch of juniper, with nutmeg and sweet cinnamon, finishing with soft, lingering complexity. 90 points.

Whisky Barrel Aged Gin - Bright citrus with juniper and orange blossoms. The palate shines with more citrus and botanical flavours, a touch of sweetness, and a soft, zingy finish. 90 points.

Wild Gin - Red berry burst with cola bottles and candied orange. Slightly jammy with a resinous finish.