Australia’s beef capital of Rockhampton is now home to the World’s Best Spiced Rum Award with Saleyards Distillery Capricorn Spiced Rum taking home a win.

Announced on April 12, the 2020 World Rum Awards annually showcase the very best in all internationally recognised styles of rum.

Saleyards Distillery Head distiller, Warren Brewer Photo: Kerry Heaney

World’s Best Spiced Rum judging

The rum awards were adapted by using technology for final decisions due to COVID-19. The judges conducted their final tastings at their homes. At the same time, professional rum herder, Peter Holland chaired the occasion via the internet. Following two rounds of tastings, the local dark and hearty spirit was recognised as the best.

Head distiller, Warren Brewer was extremely excited to hear news of the internationally recognised best spiced rum award.

“It’s a great validation of all the hard work the team here has put into producing a distinctive spiced rum. This acknowledgement shows its real quality,” said Warren.

“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.”

Saleyards Distillery Capricorn Spiced Rum

What does the world’s best spiced rum taste like? The judges described Saleyards Distillery Spiced Rum as ‘candied fruits on the palate with a nice balance of spice, vibrancy and surprise’.  They were full of praise for the complexity and quality of the rum.

Located in a historic Queensland Hotel, Saleyards Distillery was founded in 2016 by a group of young distillers, including Warren and his wife Catie.  Their superb spiced rum is distilled with Central Queensland molasses.

Visitor tours of the distillery are temporarily unavailable due to the current coronavirus crisis. However,  Capricorn Spiced Rum along with a suite of liqueurs, gins and vodkas (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase from the distillery and online.

Drink your Capricorn Spiced Rum like a local

For a real taste of the region, drink your Capricorn Spiced Rum like a local.

Take half a sliced lime and muddle it in a glass, add your rum and top it all off with a ginger beer from neighbouring Bundaberg Ginger Beer. It’s a smooth drink that goes down very easily.

Rockhampton food experiences

Along with the chance to taste the world’s best spiced rum in region, you’ll be surprised by the depth of food experiences available in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll is absolutely thrilled for Warren and the team at Saleyards Distillery and couldn’t be prouder of them for taking out this prestigious award.

“Culinary delights (as a visitor drawcard) is one of our destination’s ‘hero experiences’,” said Mary.

“Visitors seek out local tastes when visiting new places. We are spoilt in this region to have access to such quality produce, from our local seafood to Australia’s Beef Capital and the agricultural food bowl of the Central Highlands.”


Where to find Saleyards Distillery

Saleyards Distillery is located at 52 Gladstone Rd, Allenstown, Rockhampton.


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Disclaimer: Eat drink and be Kerry visited the distillery with Capricorn Enterprise.