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28 April, 2021

Skybury storms liquor awards

AFTER stepping out of the roastery and into the distillery Skybury has had three of their four new liquors win silver medals at the London Spirits Competition.

By Rhys Thomas

Skybury Café and Roastery Manager Anushka Wilson with Skybury’s coffee liquor that won a silver medal at the recent London Spirits Competition

AFTER stepping out of the roastery and into the distillery Skybury has had three of their four new liquors win silver medals at the London Spirits Competition.

Skybury has partnered with FNQ Spirits to concoct four different liquors using Skybury’s own products including papaya and of course, coffee. 

A vodka and schnapps both made from papaya and a coffee liquor were entered into the London Spirits Competition, a contest that rates spirits from all around the world based on their quality, value and packaging.

Skybury General Manager Candy MacLaughlin was approached by the owner of FNQ Spirits Troy Read, looking to make a coffee liquor which then expanded into the papaya vodka and schnapps. 

Ms MacLaughlin jumped on the opportunity as she saw a chance to expand the business and make use of their damaged produce. 

“There is a very small percentage of our crop that gets damaged in our processing, so I thought if I could use that to create the espresso liquor then I would be value adding to our product,” she said. 

“Excitingly enough by the time the London spirits competition rolled around we had the vodka and the schnapps entered as well and all three got a silver medal.

“We were always looking for new opportunities to drive brand awareness, which is what the liquors do for us, so we can get it in front of more people on a different shelf.” 

Even though the products are not even a year old yet and to take out several awards, Ms Maclaughlin sees this as a huge win.

“It beat all of our expectations for a product that’s only six months old it was a fantastic win for us,” she said. 

“I think it is going to assist Troy and I now to help the sales of the product, it adds weight and it gives us confidence to go to the bigger chains.” 

Dan Murphy’s has agreed to stock Skybury’s and FNQ Spirits new line of products onto their shelves to sell at the end of the month.  


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