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29 October, 2021

Skybury vodka voted the best

SKYBURY and FNQ Spirits has taken another big win in the liquor world, taking out the Masters Award in the Rest of World Category for the 2021 Vodka Masters in London last month.

By Ellie Fink

Skybury's Mark Maclaughlin (left) toasts the global vodka award with friends

Their new iconic Papaya Vodka named “Croc Vodka” dazzled the judges in the United Kingdom, now making their product one of the best in the world.

Skybury General Manager Candy Maclaughlin said that the partnership with FNQ Spirits began with two like-minded businesses with a crazy idea.

“It came about mid last year when FNQ Spirits approached us to create our first coffee liquor and then we were interested in making something with our papayas on the side,” she said 

“We have papayas that we can’t sell to supermarkets because they don’t quite fit their specifications but they were still just as sweet and edible, so we used them to create this vodka. 

“It’s also about educating our consumers and showing them that just because it doesn’t look right for the supermarket doesn’t mean it isn’t still good to consume.” 

This is not the first time that the collaborative duo has taken out awards in the Vodka Masters, with this being the third time taking home the win. 

“This time we really wanted to benchmark ourselves and wanted to know if Croc Vodka was actually that good,” Candy said.

“We are really pleased with the results and happy for our team and staff and really it was just so great.

“We have five new spirits set to release now, we have a new farm and more resources and it's just a really great collaboration between our two like-minded businesses.” 

Skybury and FNQ Spirits have had a partnership in five other liquor products including an espresso liqueur, an espresso and papaya fusion, papaya and passionfruit, papaya schnapps and now the papaya vodka, all available from online and Dan Murphy’s and BWS.

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