It was an incredible night out for Nil Desperandum Rum at the Australian Distiller’s Awards, where we proudly claimed the title of the most awarded Rum brand in Australia for the night. Of 52 rums in the competition deemed worthy of Medals all nine Nil Desperandum rums entered – including 6 rums exclusive to The 1871 Club – left with a gong; The 44 Special, a Nil Desperandum 1871 club release, received one of only six Golds awarded in the competition. 

“This is a fantastic result for Nil Desperandum Rum, we have a significant diversity of rum styles in oak across the board and for 9 from 9 entries to collect medals shows the quality we’re producing here on the Sunshine Coast, said CAVU Distilling Head Distiller, Adam Chapman. 

“Our vision to make Australia’s finest rum is well and truly underway and the style of production that will allow us to achieve that – real unadulterated rum made with molasses, Woombye Water, wild yeast and nothing else, along with expert blending, has us very excited for what the future holds for this brand,” he added. 

Sunshine & Sons on the winner’s podium 

It wasn’t just Nil Desperandum riding a wave of success, our Sunshine & Sons Spirits brand also performed spectacularly, with our Original Dry Gin picking up a Gold both at the Australian Distiller’s Awards and at the 2023 Gin Distillers Association Awards, where our delicious Barrel Aged Gin also picked up Gold medal honours. 

Find a full list of our medal winners – as well as links to purchase a bottle – below: 

2023 Melbourne Royal Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 




Australian Gin Distillers Association Awards 



A toast to our valued customers 

To those who believe in the artistry of spirits, who raise their glasses to craftsmanship and innovation – we’re humbled and thrilled to share this journey with you and, we promise, this is just the beginning. From our barrels to your glasses, here’s to a future filled with more sips, more stories, and countless moments of celebration. Cheers!