WORLD’S BEST: global gong for Rockhampton’s own Distillery
SINCE its inception, the heart and soul of Rockhampton's Saleyards Distillery team has been a constant source of motivation.
It is both this and their commitment to quality products which last week saw the distillery named Winner of the World's Best Spiced Rum.
The Allenstown-based distillery took out the international gong after it went head-to-head with other well-know brands at 2020's annual World Rum Awards.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, however, the event differed to previous years as judges turned to a live online forum to conduct final tastings.
Evidently judges liked what Saleyards served up and following only two rounds awarded the three-year-old establishment the title, praising the both the complexity and quality of its Capricorn Spiced Rum.
Touted as 'candied fruits on palate with a nice balance of spice, vibrancy and surprise', Saleyards head distiller Warren Brewer admitted his thrill at claiming the worldwide ceremony.
He said the international award provided great validation to the entire team's tireless work ethic, adding it also acknowledged the product's genuine quality.
"Some of the other category winners are really well-known and respected rum distilleries with hundreds of years of production and knowledge under their belts."
"For a new regional distillery such as Saleyards to match them is an incredible testimony of our product and we are very proud," he said.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll revealed her delight for Mr Brewer and the team at Saleyards.
She said culinary delights like the distillery's spiced rum was one of Central Queensland's largest tourism drawcards.
"Visitors seek out local tastes when visiting new places and we are spoiled in this region to have access to such quality produce - from our local seafood, to Australia's Beef Capital and not forgetting the agricultural food bowl of the Central Highlands."
While the world was enduring challenging times, said Ms Carroll, a significant award like this reconfirmed the products and the produce throughout the Central Queensland region remained first-class.