Illegal Tender Co. in high spirits after taking awards

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Award-winning distiller Codie Palmer with some of his creations at Illegal Tender in Dongara.
Camera IconAward-winning distiller Codie Palmer with some of his creations at Illegal Tender in Dongara. Credit: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

A State-award win has left a local business in high spirits, with two of its products taking home medals.

Illegal Tender Rum Co, distilling at Stableview Farm in Springfield, near Dongara, took home silver for its Distillers’ Cut — gold in the dark/gold underproof class and bronze for the Bushtucker Spiced Cane Spirit in the spiced/flavoured class at the Perth Royal Distilled Spirits Awards.

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Chief distiller Codie Palmer said the win was a bonus on top of the detailed feedback he sought from the judges through entering the awards which would continue to help him perfect their product.

Dongara distiller Illegal Tender's spiced rum
Camera IconDongara distiller Illegal Tender's spiced rum Credit: Supplied

“(I’m) pretty stoked to be honest, we entered the awards predominately to get feedback on a couple of tweaks we had made on the products, so it’s good to see they are still up there with some of the best,” he said.

“With the spiced I slightly tweaked the distillation style and I wanted feedback before we made that available to the public.

“Every batch is basically a single batch so I like to periodically enter awards to see if we’re still on the right path.”

The awards join the 18 international spirit awards Illegal Tender Co has won, with the company set to release a new gin and another rum next month.

Mr Palmer said both have been 18 months in the making, bringing their product line up to six.

“It’s like one for every year we’ve been running,” he said.

“It started off as a dream, now we can thrive on what we’re doing.”

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