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Another World Award

Hey Legends!

So.. after having to wait a while under embargo we can now officially announce to you guys/gals that the 1808 Barely Legal has been awarded the Bronze medal at the World Rum Awards in the 'Column Still - Unaged' Category.

It's a little confusing because the Gold and Silver Medals were won by 'Aged' rums.

And, since we can't call it 'White Rum' in Australia (for legal reasons), we can probably say that our little distillery in Dongara produces the Best unaged Cane Spirit (made in a column still from dark brown cane sugar) in THE WORLD!

This is an absolutely huge achievement and we are very very excited about this result and what it means for our barrel aged rum to be released later in the year!

Another award to add to our repertoire and our 10th international spirit award!

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Tasting Event – 9th March – Jurien Bay

Stefano Hosting Venue Tasting

Come and meet our Brand Ambassador Stefano and try a taster of our award-winning Spiced and 1808 Barely Legal spirits, take advantage of a special offer and pick up a complimentary cocktail suggestion menu.

10% Discount: From the 5/03/18 till the 10/03/18.

When: Friday 09-03-18 from 3pm to 6pm

Where: Jurien Bay Liquor Store
Lot 3, Shop 10
Jurien Bay Shopping Centre


Call: 96521172

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1808 Barely Legal Wins Gold at China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2018

The Illegal Tender Rum Co just hit Gold (again) at the China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA), one of the most influential wine and spirits competition in the APAC region. Winning a Gold medal at CWSA is the ultimate seal of approval in the booming Chinese drinks market.

Long renowned internationally as the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China, CWSA Judges are the most powerful buyers in China.

‘CWSA Best Value 2018’ was the biggest on record with an excess of 5,000 samples from 55 countries around the world. High profile entrants include Peter Lehmann, Jacob’s Creek, Bacardi, Sileni, Bernard Magrez, Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Champagne Collet, Dewar’s and Label 5.

“We are extremely happy to hear that our 1808 Barely Legal performed so well at CWSA Best Value 2018”, reported Codie Palmer, Master Distiller at Illegal Tender Rum Co. “Winning a Gold Medal in the company of other high quality and well known Australian brands shows us that we’re on track to our ambition to produce the smoothest super premium spirits with a distinctive Australian taste.”

“As a new company we’re very excited by the future opportunities that the Chinese market can offer us. We will be showing off our CWSA Medals to ensure everyone will see how proud the team are that Illegal Tender are a Gold CWSA Medal Winner, again. “

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Our new calendar!


Illegal Tender Rum Co is getting quite busy, which is why we now have a calendar of events!

Our calendar includes any upcoming venue tastings held by Stefano Urso, our WA Brand Ambassador, as well as community events we are attending / participating in.

As part of the calendar you have access to a map for each event and any other info or links that will make it a lot easier for you to come and see / support us!

Check out our new calendar of events here.

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BBQ & Beers & Illegal Tender

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Illegal Tender Rum Co are proud to announce the “Illegal Ginger”, our collaboration with Burnt Barrel Outback Brewbq!

We will be wing-manning Burnt Barrel Outback Brewbq over the weekend at the Smokin’ on the Water BBQ & Chilli Challenge Family Weekend where we will be showcasing both our own products as well as our collaboration.

Some of the other interesting drinks on the menu for the weekend include Burnt Barrel’s Neds Ginger Beer, 150 Lashes Pale Ale and Great Northern 3.5. Come along, take a sip and a seat and enjoy yourself!

When: 3:30pm – 11pm, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November

Where: Bayswater Riverside Garden

For more information, you can find the Facebook event here!

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Illegal Tender Rum Co Map

Illegal Tender Rum Co had a great success last weekend with the Grand Opening Weekend Tours and now our tours are available every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday!

For those of you who didn’t get the exclusive at the Grand Opening, here’s what you need to know…

The tours start at 11am each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and run for approximately 1 hour. This takes you through the Illegal Tender Rum Co distillery, giving you a viewing of the new and beautiful Cellar Door as well as tastings of our award winning products. The goodness doesn’t end there though…you can also join us for lunch.

So if you’re interested in one our tours, click here to find out more information! Make sure if you’ve attended a tour to review us via the TripAdvisor box on the tours page.

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Grand Opening Weekend!

Spiced & 1808 Barely Legal

At Last! The time has come for Illegal Tender Rum Co’s official Grand Opening weekend!

As most of you would already know, we have been putting a lot of work toward opening our Cellar Door.

The team are extremely proud to announce the official Cellar Door Grand Opening will take place this weekend at Illegal Tender Rum Co!

Grand Opening Tours are available for this Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10:30am and finishing at 4pm. The tours run for fifteen minutes which includes the tasting of two products and an exclusive viewing of our brand new Cellar Door!It is also a great opportunity to meet the team. Come and say hello!

Don’t hesitate – Be one of the first to book your exclusive spot on the very first Grand Opening Tour here!

In case you missed our last blog post… The Larry Lobster Festival local to Dongara will also be held this Saturday, giving a great opportunity to spend a day experiencing Dongara’s finest! For more information on the Larry Lobster Festival, you can read our post here.

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Illegal Tender Rum Co Map


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Last Hurdle Down!

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Just as the good news keeps flying in, we are ecstatic to announce that the surveyor has come by and confirmed we will be signing off the last item on our list tomorrow.

Do you know what this means? Illegal Tender Rum Co will be ready for opening next weekend!

Watch this space – we will shortly be listing our Distillery Tours. You can get a guided tour of our facilities, enjoy a meal and sample our products on site.

This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and we couldn’t have got there without the loyal support of our customers and family and we can’t wait to welcome you all.


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Venue Tasting @ Golden Bay Liquor Store

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As mentioned in our previous blog post, Stefano Urso, WA Brand Ambassador will begin holding product tasting sessions in various locations around WA, available for anyone to attend. Our first session will be this month at the Golden Bay Liquor Store!

The details for this session are below and Stef would love to see you there. Stay tuned for more sessions to come!

When: 3:30pm to 7:30pm Saturday, 21st October

Where: Golden Bay Liquor Store
1/19 Dampier Drive, Golden Bay, WA, 6174

View location here


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Welcome Aboard Stefano Urso

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We are pleased to welcome on board Stefano Urso, our offical WA Brand Ambassador! Stefano has a wide range of industry experience and ideas from all over the world and we’re very excited to have him joining us here to drive our brand forward.

Now, in his own words – get to know Stef…

I left Sicily in 2004 and moved to London getting a job as a Glassy / Bar Back in a local cocktail bar.
As a young 18 year old, being exposed to some of the most famous bars and restaurants in London it really gave me an eagerness to learn and grow in the industry.

My passion for the history and culture of alcohol only grew and it was then that I to expanded my experience.

I travelled around Europe, always working in the Bar industry, where I had the opportunity to refine my skills and work alongside some outstanding bartenders and businessmen.

In 2011 I arrived in Perth and fell in love with the place I now call home.
Since arriving here I have had the privilege to work alongside some awesome bartenders and opportunities to manage places like The Green House and Bar Lafayette.

It was when I started working as Brand Ambassador for Bacardi / Brown Forman that I realised that I had the chance to do what I love doing. To be able to share your experience and knowledge on a product your passionate about is something that I am grateful to be able to do for a living.

I have always been drawn to rum because of its versatility and how it influenced our history.
Perfect for all occasions, rum is not bad as a hot beverage, icy cold cocktail or strait from the neck of the bottle. I am looking forward to sharing with you some of the awesome recipes that we have created with Barley Legal 1808 and Spiced.

I am so proud to say I will be representing Illegal Tender Rum Co. New and exciting adventures are about to begin with Illegal Tender Rum Co and I know it’s going to be awesome!!

I will be conducting product taste sessions at various locations around WA and look forward to introducing you to the passion behind our products.

I can be contacted @

Stefano Urso