Media Release: April 2008

Australia’s quiet achiever does it again!

Tamborine Mountain Distillery has just received news from the International Taste & Quality Institute in Brussels, Belgium that they have won 4 more gold awards.

Treble Gold Stars for Macadamia Nut Liqueur, Double Gold Stars for Limoncello Liqueur, Gold Star for Lavender Liqueur and Gold Star for Lemon Myrtle flavoured Vodka.

An ecstatic Michael Ward was over the moon with delight when the news came in. “We are the smallest distillery in this huge global competition and to achieve these results is absolutely mind blowing,” he said, “This is very exciting for Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Queensland and Australia “.
The International Taste and Quality Institute is the worlds leading organisation dedicated to judging and honouring superior tasting food and beverage products with juries composed of famous European chefs, beverage experts and sommeliers. The Superior Taste Award granted by the ITQI is therefore a unique recognition used by producers and retailers around the world, both domestically and internationally. Hundreds of multinational, national and regional companies from more than 60 countries participate annually.

ITQI follows a rigorous, independent and proprietary sensory analysis methodology. Products are tasted blind with the main focus on hedonic analysis (ie: the intensity of pleasure). Organoleptic criteria (aspect, smell, texture, taste and after taste) are also measured and commented on by the jury of chefs and sommeliers.
This win follows another huge success by winning  4 awards at the San  Francisco World Spirits Competition  in March 2008.
This is Americas largest competition and hundreds of brands from over 60 countries compete.
Arak/Raki Pastis – Silver was best in class.  TMD Choc n Chilli  Liqueur – Silver,   TMD Lavender Liqueur – Bronze, Moulin Rooz Absinthe – Bronze.

In both competitions we were the most awarded distillery from Australia.