Cape Byron ‘The Original’ Whisky was Awarded Australia’s top whisky at the 2023 International SIP Awards. Receiving the ‘Platinum Award’ and ‘Best of Class’, for their single malt whisky.

The internationally renowned SIP Awards were created with a simple question in mind, “What about the consumer’s opinion?” The goal was to fill this void, bringing the people who regularly consume your product together to decide which brands deserve this prestigious award.

Now in its 15th year of judging, the esteemed judging panel, comprising over 310 spirit enthusiasts, assures a fair evaluation process devoid of industry bias. By eliminating industry influence, the SIP awards medals reflect public opinion on the essential characteristics of a quality spirit- aroma, taste and finish.

Cape Byron ‘The Original’ Australian Single Malt was awarded, Best Of Class for Australian Whisky and received the highest score in the category, Platinum Award. This award is reserved for premium spirits receiving the highest score, the pinnacle of the category, the highest acclaim from consumer judges.

Eddie Brook, Co-founder and distiller, “We are ecstatic to receive the news that our Cape Byron Original Whisky has won Australia’s Best Whisky. We set out to produce a world-class Single Malt whisky that captures the essence of our rainforest & coastal location of Byron Bay. The SIP Awards is judged by consumers, a selected panel of 310 spirit enthusiast and to be awarded the ‘best on class’ from an incredible line-up of Australian whisky producers is the biggest accolade we could hope for. Whisky judged by the people, I’ll drink to that! To be awarded a Platinum Medal, Best in Class 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 Distillery’s Single Malt ‘The Original’ Whisky was launched in August 2022, this signature expression is matured exclusively in American oak ex-bourbon casks within their subtropical rainforest in the Byron Bay hinterland, NSW.

Co-created by Master distiller, Jim McEwan and Eddie Brook, with a shared passion to make a whisky that represents Cape Byron’s natural environment and captures the influence of the rainforest terroir. The only B-Corp certified Australian whisky distillery is 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.

Not only did the distillery win for whisky, but their Brookie’s Gin range also received a host of medals at the 2023 SIP Awards

  • Brookie’s Dry Gin, wins Double Gold & Consumers Choice Award
  • Brookie’s Mac. Liqueur, wins Gold & Consumers Choice Award
  • Brookie’s Slow Gin, wins Silver Medal, the Innovation Award & Consumers Choice Award.

All Cape Byron Whiskies and Brookie’s Gin are available online and direct from the cellar door at Cape Byron Distillery

Available throughout Australia in premium bars, restaurants and liquor retailers and selected Dan Murphy's stores