Cape Byron Whisky’s single malt, called ‘The Original’, has won a gold medal at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, which is renowned in the industry for its integrity and impartiality. In 2022, the competition cemented its position as the largest spirits competition in the world with nearly 5,000 entries.
Cape Byron Distillery’s Single Malt ‘The Original’ Whisky, launched in August 2022, is matured exclusively in American oak ex-bourbon casks within the subtropical rainforest distillery in St Helena, above Byron Bay. It’s the result of a shared passion of master distiller Jim McEwan and local Eddie Brook, to make a whisky that represents Cape Byron’s natural environment and captures the influence of the rainforest terroir.
As the only B-Corp-certified Australian whisky distillery, situated at Australia’s most easterly point, the terroir is uniquely influenced by the powerful Pacific Ocean from the east and the ancient volcanic Tweed range to the west.
Eddie Brook, co-founder and distiller, said, ‘We are ecstatic to receive the news that our Cape Byron Original Whisky has won gold. We set out to produce a world-class single maltwhisky that captures the essence of our rainforest and our coastal location near Byron Bay. The San Francisco World Spirit competition is the equivalent of the Olympics for distilled spirits. To be awarded a gold medal is a huge accolade and speaks volumes to the quality of our whisky… we’ll be raising a few glasses in the distillery tonight!’
Cape Byron Single Malt ‘The Original’ Whisky is bottled at 47%ABV, non-chilled filtered and with no added colour. The palate offers soft vanilla, crème brûlée, and biscotti characters, layered over distinct notes of pear, coconut and buttery macadamia. It has a RRP of $125.
All Cape Byron Whiskies are available online and direct from the cellar door at Cape Byron Distillery – www.capebyrondistillery.com.