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Award winners live here
MERTON’S delectable liqueur Sassy Sister has taken out another prestigious award.
Sassy Sister Blueberry Liqueur won at the 6th Annual Melbourne International Spirits Competition held in Melbourne in August, having won its first silver at the 2018 awards.
This year’s judging panel included buyers from top retail stores, sommeliers, distributors, and importers from Australia and the greater Asia Pacific region.
Only trade buyers are selected to be judges at this competition, ensuring that the brands submitted are tasted and judged by the true decision-makers of the beverage industry.
“The judges were thrilled by the high quality of known spirits submitted as well as the large number of new spirit brands,” owner of Sassy Sister, Amanda Furlong, said.
For the 2019 awards there were 200 submissions from more than 10 countries.
The spirits were rated on criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, finish and price.
Sassy Sister Liqueur was awarded another silver medal with one mark away from the gold award.
“We have been told that because she is a completely natural product without colour additives her appearance isn’t quite as clear as some mass produced spirits,” Ms Furlong said.
“These two silver medals provide us with an opportunity to introduce our locally produced Sassy Sister Liqueur to the National and International Liqueur with the knowledge that she is as truly sassy and delicious as we thought.
“It’s an exciting time for us with the awards, Melbourne buyers and interest from overseas buyers plus a groundswell of local followers who have encouraged us to keep up our high standards and attention to detail as small batch craft distillers - we live in such a rich vibrant community.”