Far North distiller wins at World Whiskies Awards in London



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Distiller Mark Watkins from Mt Uncle Distillery. Image: Supplied.
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Far North Queensland is home to one of the world’s finest Whiskeys after Mt Uncle Distillery took out top honours for their single malt Watkins Whiskey in the ‘12 Years and Under’ category at the 2020 World Whiskies Awards in London over the weekend.

Seven years hard work has paid off for the far north distillery, based in Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands, with the Watkins Whiskey Co. single malt now able to move forward for the prestigious title of World’s Best Whiskey.

“It’s pretty much the Olympic Games of the whiskey world,” distiller Mark Watkins said. 

“Performing well here is epic for us, a great testament to the team and we’re stoked to put Walkamin on the map.”

The World Whiskies Awards is a prestigious competition held in London annually, where the best expressions from around the world juke it out to be crowned champion in their respective categories. 

Everything from blended whiskies to limited edition single malts and world blends get their chance to shine as expert panellists’ blind taste and score each one across several rounds, with the final winner being announced at an awards dinner in March.

In recent years, Mt Uncle Distillery has collected more than a swag of awards – their flagship product, the Mt Uncle Botanic Australis Gin has collected national and international medals; the Mt Uncle FNQ Co Platinum Rum won gold at the 2019 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits and was ranked second overall out of all rums worldwide, and the FNQ Rum Co Iridium Gold was named World’s Best Pot Still Rum (5 Years & Under) at the World Rum Awards in 2019.

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