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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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The History of Rum – Part Five – Rum Rebellion

The History of Rum Part Three

We are back to peel yet another layer back from the amazing history that is rum! Part three will take you across the seas during what we now call Australia Day…

January 26, 1808 (doesn’t that year sound familiar) was once the time of an uprising in which Gov. William Bligh and the corps took rums name through to the end, unaware that this day in history would turn into what it has today for the Australian community.

Despite rum not necessarily having been the main cause of this uprising, due to its presence as currency during William Bligh being overthrown in the Government House… This was to be called the Rum Rebellion for decades to come!

1808… Being such a distinct moment in history both in 2018 and 210 years ago in 1808, the connection between this piece of history and our 1808 Barely Legal cane spirit is much more logic than one may deem upon first examination.

“This spirit is a tribute to the men & women who founded Australia, the rule breakers, the battlers, and the ones who never gave in.” –  A history that Illegal Tender Rum Co has embraced in the process of creating two international multi-award winning products where each sip can take you back to a history you never actually experienced. Now that’s an uprising.

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The History of Rum – Part Four – Rum Swizzle Recipe

Rum Swizzle Cocktail Recipe


50 ml Bushtucker Spiced
5 ml Falernum
40 ml pineapple juice
40 ml orange juice
10ml fresh lemon juice
2 dashes of Angostura bitters


Method: Build (add all the ingredients into the glass, add crushed ice and use a spoon to mix)
Garnish: Slice of orange or a pineapple cube
Glass: Martini

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The History of Rum – Part Three – Rum Facts

As with all, the true beauty always lies in something’s past. Rum has been traded among us for too long to not take the time to understand its history!

Without further delay, here are only a handful of facts from Rum’s past that can seem out of this world…

  1. The small amount of rum that was given to the sailors of the Royal Navy was referred to as a “tot o’ rum”
  2. Before sailors in the Royal Navy were given a daily tot of rum, they had been forced to put up with French brandy.
  3. Popular names for some rum-based drinks or cocktails are Painkiller, Jagertree and Zombie.
  4. The infamous Admiral Nelson that died in the Battle of Trafalgar had his body preserved in a cask of rum before it was laid to rest.
  5. “Rum Sour”, one of the many famous ways to drink rum, was created in Barbados and served in a conch shell.
  6. The colour or depth of darkness of a batch of rum depends on the time spent in a barrel.
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Knock Out Competition

Knock Out Comp

Dongara’s Emergency Services Knock Out Competition was held over the weekend!

The Emergency Services Team usually only meet in critical situations which is why the Knock Out Competition is held, giving the team a chance to get together and mingle in more relaxed conditions. The competition includes the team forming smaller groups of 6 and going head to head in an obstacle course.

Illegal Tender Rum Co donated a bottle as a prize toward the competition at the time of the Dongara Police Gold Day.

Here are some pictures of the mascot race!

Knock Out Comp

Knock Out Comp

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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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Illegal Tender – helping kick breast cancer

Robyn Oldham has been working hard, not only battling cancer but also raising money to go towards further research for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

We donated a couple of bottles to Robyn Oldham’s recent Breast Cancer Breakfast.

It is our opportunity to contribute to a very worthy community initiative. Together we can fight Breast Cancer.

If you’re interested in one of the many ways you can help donate to Breast Cancer research, you can find any information you need to know here!

You can also support Robyn’s work here.


Donated Bottle
Winner of the Bushtucker Spiced


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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 Success

Codie & Hayley

Over the weekend, Illegal Tender Rum Co held an official Grand Opening Weekend!

The weekend celebrated the official opening of our Cellar Door to the public! We want to give a huge thanks to everyone who managed to come down and experience one of our exclusive grand opening tours.

It was a fantastic turnout and we cannot wait for more tours to come!

If you’re interested in one of our tours, click here for more information.

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