I can't believe it has been one year since we Launched Lily Fields Distilling Co !
Even more so, I can't believe all the amazing things that have happened in our first year. You never know what to expect when you start a new business, but I couldn't be prouder of our little team and what we have achieved in this first year.
I want to create a little list to re-cap on some of the huge things that happened in the first year of Lily Fields Distilling Co!
We launched our Sydney Gin Distillery in late November with "Sydney Dry Gin". At about the same time we opened our Garden Gin Bar at the Leichhardt Bowlo. A space to serve simple cocktails, Gin tastings and act as our cellar door.
Sydney Dry Gin was voted No. 36 in the Hottest 100 Aussie Gins of 2022. Given this was just 2 months after launching this was amazing! It was the first little sign that we were on our way. At the same time customers and venues were coming back again and again for Sydney Dry Gin.
We launched our Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, a colab with local coffee roaster Brew Ha Ha.
We launched Juniper Dry Gin, and received our very first medal - Silver, for Sydney Dry Gin in the prestigious London International Spirits Competition. Winning Silver was just incredible and again another sign that we were doing things right.
Two more International Silver Medals for Sydney Dry Gin - San Francisco Spirits Awards and the American Distilled Spirits Awards. We continued to get more followings and had a pop up bar at VIVID Sydney which was so great to be part of. Our little Sydney Gin Distillery was growing.
We launched our Gin Gift Packs. 3 * 200ml mini bottles.
Sydney Dry Gin was also awarded GOLD in the Melbourne International Spirits Competition 2023
At the presentation for GOLD at the 2023 Australian Gin Awards we found out we actually won the Trophy. Best Australian Gin, London Dry Gin Class - For our Juniper Dry Gin - An incredible feeling. I will never forget that day. All of the previous awards were amazing. But this one - A TROPHY - Best Australian Gin, Classic London Dry Gin - I couldn't speak for over a week.
It was this moment that I realized that we were going to be OK. This crazy (and expensive) dream of mine was going to work.
A Trophy, 9 months after our launch and on our second product. Unbelievable !
16 medals, One Incredible Year. I couldn't be prouder.
Thank you to everyone who is on this journey with us, we can't thank you enough.
I can't wait to see what the next year brings!
Happy First Birthday Lily Fields !
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