Fleurieu Win Champion Whisky At 2019 Aussie Awards

Gareth & Angela Andrews of Fleurieu. Pic by May Lawrence via Oak Barrel.

Fleurieu’s Fountain Of Youth whisky has been named the Champion Whisky at the 2019 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

The South Australian distillery, run by Gareth and Angela Andrews, took the top gong from the 35 whiskies entered in the Whisky category. From those 35 six were awarded gold medals, 15 silver and ten bronze. The medals were adjudged to be 100-90 points, 89.9 – 82 and 81.9 – 74 respectively. Three whiskies entered did not medal and one entry was not received.

The whisky panel was chaired by Whisky & Alement’s Julian White, with Speakeasy Group Geoff Fewell and W&A’s Luke McCarthy as judges. Mr Harry’s Evelyn Liong and Maison Ferrand’s Mitch Wilson as associated. The Head Judge across all spirits categories was Bartender Magazine’s Sam Bygrave, his last year in the role.

There were five categories for whisky, with six golds across the categories.

Single Malt Whisky

Fleurieu Fountain Of Youth
Fleurieu Message In A Bottle

Single Barrel Whisky

Old Young’s The Journeyman
Hellyers Road Master Series Original 16-Year-Old Single Cask 2101.01
Sullivans Cove American Oak (cask undisclosed)

Peated Whisky

Hellyers Road Master Series Peated 14-Year-Old Single Cask 4050.06

The other categories in which gold medals were not awarded were Cask Strength and Other (Sour Mash, Mixed Grain).

Across all categories, entries were received from Adams, Adelaide Hills, Castle Glen, Fleurieu, Hellyers Road, Iniquity, Joadja, Launceston, Limeburners, Mt Uncle, Mt Uncle, Old Kempton, Settlers, Spring Bay, Starward, Sullivans Cove, Whipper Snapper. Riverbourne entered, but the sample was not received.

The Australian Distilled Spirits Awards are run by the Royal Agricultural Society Of Victoria Limited.

See the full breakdown of 2019 results here.


2019: Fleurieu Fountain Of Youth
Hellyers Road Slightly Peated 10-Year-Old
2017: Starward New World Projects Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask #3
2016: Limeburners Heavily Peated Cask M226
2015: Limeburners Peated Cask M227

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