Australian Agave Project NFT holders have received a rare taste of agave spirit produced from the Top Shelf International (TSI) subsidiary’s foundation harvest.
In 2019, ASX-listed TSI purchased a neglected plantation of 2000 agaves in Ayr, north Queensland, that had been planted more than a decade earlier as an experimental crop.
The plantation was left largely untended during that time and was about to be ploughed in when TSI stepped in, harvesting the plants in August 2019 and June 2020.
TSI then embarked on a series of distillation trials to prove the concept of Australian Agave spirit, harvesting pups and bulbils that formed the basis of its estate plantings at Eden Lassie farm.
The company has now released to 100 bottles of Australian Agave Anejo spirit – matured at its barrel house in Melbourne’s outer north for two years – to holders of the NFTs it sold last year.
The spirit is contained in bespoke hand-blown recycled glass decanters crafted by Australian designer Mark Douglass; individually numbered, signed and packaged in a velvet insert box.
TSI CEO Drew Fairchild said the bespoke bottles are one of the many benefits NFT holders will receive over the next 18 months.
“The Australian Agave NFT is the first demonstration of how technology will play an increasingly important role in TSI’s ambition to connect consumers with our portfolio of premium Australian spirit brands in exciting ways,” he said.
“We’ve already hosted NFT holders at our Australian Agave Spirit Farm and will continue to provide them with unique experiences as we deliver a new category of spirits to the world.
“No other spirits company in the world is connecting technology, bespoke distillation and cutting-edge plant-to-bottle production in this way.”
Listen to Fairchild and Australian Agave president Trent Fraser discuss the project on the Drinks Adventures podcast here, or in the media player below.