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Four Western Australian Distilleries You Can Support with Your Next Cruisy Afternoon Cocktail

Splash one of these standout spirits into your glass — and vote for your favourite to be stocked in more BWS stores across the state.
By Sarah Ward
September 10, 2020
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Four Western Australian Distilleries You Can Support with Your Next Cruisy Afternoon Cocktail

Splash one of these standout spirits into your glass — and vote for your favourite to be stocked in more BWS stores across the state.
By Sarah Ward
September 10, 2020
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FOUR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DISTILLERIES YOU CAN SUPPORT WITH YOUR NEXT CRUISY AFTERNOON COCKTAIL

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Splash one of these standout spirits into your glass — and vote for your favourite to be stocked in more BWS stores across the state.

There's no such thing as 'just a cocktail', as everyone who's fond of making and sipping them knows. Sourcing the exact right ingredients, combining them in the ideal way, perfecting your favourite recipe — ace all three stages, and you'll find yourself with a refreshing, drinkable work of art.

One particular part of the above equation is especially crucial, of course. If you don't pick the right spirit to start with, your cruisy afternoon cocktail just won't taste the same. And, if you can go one better and find a standout local drop — a creative gin or flavoursome rum, for example — you'll be able to both enjoy a stellar beverage and support a homegrown distillery at the same time.

When it comes to great spirits made right here in Western Australia, you might already have your go-to. Or, you could be looking for ideas for your next concoction. Either way, we've teamed up with our pals at BWS to highlight four local outfits pumping out first-rate spirits you should know about. And, as well as adding them to your liquor cabinet, you can also sing their praises by voting for them to be stocked in more BWS stores across WA.

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    Whipper Snapper Distillery

    Combine a recipe dating back to the Second World War with 100-percent Western Australian grains and a passion for making standout handcrafted spirits, and that’s Whipper Snapper Distillery. Founded in 2013, it doesn’t just take inspiration from two WWII pilots, but also it uses their whiskey formula — as refined over the years — to whip up its beverage of choice. Located in East Perth, this urban distillery has multiple varieties of whiskey on its lineup. That includes Australia’s first quinoa whiskey, which is clearly something you don’t get to sip every day. Also on offer is moonshine, whether you’re after a crystal-clear drop or prefer a straw-coloured, barrel-aged type.

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    Pouring a drink and overcome with a big dose of city pride? Australian Distilling Co certainly hopes so. The Aussie outfit’s whole remit is making gins that pay tribute to local places — with its master distiller teaming up with distilleries in each region to craft drops that reflect everywhere from Brisbane and Sydney to Bondi and Adelaide. In the case of the aptly named Perth Gin, lemon myrtle features heavily. Handcrafted in small batches, this easy-drinking spirit is designed to celebrate its namesake. Australian Distilling Co’s entire range has also proven quite the award-winner, too, picking up 56 gongs in the past 18 months.

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    Just a few short years ago, Codie Palmer was an electrician who dreamed of turning his rum obsession into more than just a hobby. Now, he’s a master distiller with his own Western Australian outfit dedicated to crafting the spirit he loves. On a farm in the state’s midwest, Illegal Tender Rum Co whips up small-batch rums in a 1200-litre still — and only makes 3000 bottles per month, maximum. Dark rum takes pride of place among the company’s range, including a spiced variety barrel-aged in ex-shiraz French oak casks; however white rum fans can add the brand’s double-distilled un-aged cane spirit 1808 Barely Legal to their must-drink list, too.

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    SevenZeroEight Gin

    Australian cricket fans should spot the significance of SevenZeroEight Gin’s name straight away, especially if they’ve been paying attention to the game over the past few decades. That’s the number of test wickets that Aussie cricketer Shane Warne took and, if you haven’t guessed from that moniker, this is the sportsman’s very own gin collection. SevenZeroEight’s range is made in Western Australia using local botanicals, with citrus and thyme among the noticeable flavours. And, while it only crafts two types of gin, one particularly stands out — with SevenZeroEight 23 offering up a mid-strength, low-calorie sip for when you’re after a cocktail with all of the flavour but a little less kick.

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Support your favourite local distillery by voting in BWS’ Local Luvvas campaign

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