17 January, 2023
Distiller takes on the gin world
LOCAL distiller Christian Bedwell will be hitting the cobblestone streets of London this week to join an exclusive judging panel at the annual World Gin Awards.
The CEO and head distiller of Kuranda-based gin distillery Distil on the Hill has spent several years perfecting the art of gin making – something that has been passed down through generations.
Following in his parents and his uncle footsteps, Christian knows the ins and outs in the distilling world and said he is honoured to have his expertise recognised amongst other gin enthusiasts across the globe.
“It is nerve-racking but definitely very humbling and exciting to be asked to judge,” he said.
“All the judges know exactly what to look for and it will be good research to see what flavours and botanicals different distilleries use across the world.”
This isn’t the first time Christian and his Distil on the Hill team have been recognised at the World Gin Awards, with their mandarin gin winning silver only months after its release in last year’s competition.
Since their rise in popularity, the small home distillery has continued to expand with Christian hoping to be inspired by some of the other gins in the competition.
As the judging day comes near, Christian thanks the community who has been there for their distillery.
“Without the support of family, friends and our followers we wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
“The support we’ve been shown all over Australia has been really phenomenal and we are just one small fish in a big pond.”