South Australian craft distillery 78 Degrees cleaned up at the 2021 American Distilling Institute (ADI) Craft Spirits Awards this week, receiving top accolades for both whiskey and gin.
Held in Louisville, Kentucky, the ADI Craft Spirits Awards is the world’s longest running and largest drinks competition dedicated to craft spirits.
78º Australian Whiskey, launched earlier this year and utilising a base of local barley, along with one of Australia’s most sustainable production processes, took home the major “Best of Category – International Whiskey” trophy, beating out all other international whiskies for the top spot.
In awarding the major trophy, the judges commended the 78º Australian Whiskey as a “very graceful whiskey with a grassy, rich palate, decent structure and finish.”
Then company’s flagship 78º Classic Gin was awarded a prestigious gold medal, while the 78º Native Grain Whiskey and 78º Bitter Orange Aperitif both won silver medals. Bronze medals were received for 78 Degrees’ Sunset Gin, Apple Brandy, and the just-released Muscat Finish Whiskey.
Distillery Founder and Head Distiller Sacha La Forgia said the accolades were testament to the focus the company has been putting into its whiskey production in recent years.
“When we set out to create the Australian Whiskey, our drive was not to replicate but to innovate,” he said.
“I think we’ve achieved that and I hope this award puts Australian whiskey on a global stage, and gives it the recognition that it deserves.”