More Gold for Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Gold Medal Winner: Quandong & Gentian Bitters Liqueur

Tamborine Mountain Distillery in sunny Queensland has claimed gold this month for their Quandong & Gentian Bitters Liqueur at the ISW World Spirits Competition in Germany. It’s been a bumper year thus far for this high-end niche distillery which has already stacked up 9 awards in 2010 bringing their grand total to 117!

Tamborine Mountain Distillery is easily Australia’s most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millennium  with 53 out of the 72 products they produce winning international awards and acclaim.

The latest award recipient – Quandong & Gentian Bitters Liqueur – is one such niche product.

“Quandong Bitters was created after the cry out for a Maraschino type product. By holding a close relationship with mixologists and bartenders we’re given an insight as to what products the industry demands. Well known Brisbane Bartender Ryan Lane, spoke of the need for a Maraschino type Liqueur, popular for its bitter sweet characteristics,” explains Michael Ward, director of Tamborine Mountain Distillery. “With European products generally dominating the shelves in cocktail bars, the gap for an Australian made product of this type lead to extensive research and the ultimate end result of a unique high quality and distinctly Australian flavoured product. Bitter for the significant component of Gentian and sweet for the juicy Australian Quandong Berry.”


“Quandong’s are a traditional Aussie bush tucker,” continues Ward. “They’re found in arid regions of Australia and have been an important source of food for the Aborigines. The fruit and trees are greatly valued for the versatility of their medicinal properties. The berries are high in vitamin c and add a beautiful fruitiness to this liqueur which balances perfectly with a bitterness from gentian root and hyssop leaves and subtle hints of bitter almond from crushed cherry pits.”

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