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28 April, 2022

Small distillery takes out double gold

A SMALL distillery hidden in the hills of Kuranda has taken out a double gold in the San Francisco Gin Awards only months after its first release on the market.

By Ellie Fink

Christian and Neddy Bedwell from Distil on the Hill have just received a double gold and silver award for their gins at the San Francisco Gin Awards. PHOTO BY HEATHER MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Neddy and Christian Bedwell from Distil on the Hill created their mandarin and pepper gin late last year and have developed it to perfection and have already received a silver in the World Gin Awards.

A double gold is when all of the judges on the judging panel awards the spirit with a gold, meaning they are some of the finest gins in the world.

Neddy expressed her excitement in winning the double gold, amazed by how well their pride and joy did in such a prestigious competition.

“We are so excited to achieve this in the limited time we have been in the industry and the San Francisco awards we respect so highly, being the world’s largest spirit competition,” she said.

“We are just so humbled to see our gin up there with the finest of spirits.

“They sent us a congratulation email a few days before releasing it to the public, we were so excited to share the news after it went live on their platform.”

The distilling couple describe their gin as a “a London Dry style gin that flirts with an exquisite infusion of juniper, mandarin and exotic long pepper, creating a perfect balance of sweet and spicy” which was highly enjoyed by a calibre of expert judges.

Their newest Raspberry Macadamia gin was also awarded a silver in the San Francisco Gin Awards, with the gin only being the shelves for a few months.

As Distil on the Hill grows, the couple plan to release a sloe gin later this year, upgrading their cellar space as well as being a part of the first-ever FNQ Gin Festival, set to be held in Cairns on Saturday 11 June.

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