Kalki Moon’s Master Distiller Rick Prosser

Kalki Moon Master Distiller Rick Prosser checks out a prize-winning drop.

Two Queensland distillers are celebrating after winning gold in international and Australian competitions.

Bundaberg’s Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company has beaten England’s finest at their own game, winning the ‘Classic Gin’ gold medal at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.

Kalki Moon received the gold medal for its London Dry Gin, as well as bringing home two silver medals and a bronze for other gin varieties and a chocolate liqueur.

Winners were decided in August by a panel of international judges who blind-tasted entries from around the world.

The international gold medal is the Bundy distillery’s second big win for the year, coming just four months after they won a national gold medal for their London Dry Gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Competition.

Far North Queensland’s Mt Uncle Distillery is also raising a glass in celebration after being named Australia Whiskey Distillery of the Year at the Melbourne International Spirits Competition 2018.

In a field that attracted close to 200 spirits from 8 countries, the Atherton Tableland distillery also won individual awards in the gin, whiskey and liquor categories.

It’s the second year Mt Uncle has triumphed at the Melbourne competition, also taking out Australia Distillery of the Year at last year’s event.

Both Kalki Moon and Mt Uncle have worked with TIQ to take their products to export markets.

Kalki Moon has worked closely with TIQ’s Wide Bay–Burnett staff, including joining more than 20 other Queensland companies for TIQ’s Food and Hotel Asia mission to Singapore earlier this year.

Mt Uncle Distillery made headlines last year when it began exporting its gin and rum to the exclusive UK market after TIQ arranged a product showcase in London.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.