In a groundbreaking move, Act of Treason Australian Agave Spirit marks the dawn of a new era as the first bottles hit the market, originating from the dedicated agave farm and distillery nestled in Queensland’s picturesque Whitsundays. Developed by Top Shelf International, this venture represents a shift towards craftsmanship over celebrity-driven branding, shaping the landscape of agave production.
The unveiling of the inaugural First Harvest Blanco signals the emergence of Australian coastal agave, a culmination of years of meticulous planning and innovation. Positioned as an ideal accompaniment for All Australian Margaritas or for sipping neat, Act of Treason boasts a distinct identity, separate from traditional tequila.
Situated amidst the Queensland Dry Tropics, the farm benefits from a unique terroir and sustainable practices, with renewable energy powering its operations. Housing over 600,000 Agave tequilana plants, the farm mirrors the essence of its Mexican counterpart, albeit with an unmistakably Australian backdrop of eucalypts and native wildlife.
CEO Trent Fraser underscores Act of Treason’s significance, stating, “The Dry Tropics of north Queensland provide an ideal canvas for pioneering agave spirit production. This project embodies innovation and expansion within the global agave landscape, akin to the evolution witnessed in the wine industry decades ago.”
Notably, the focus remains on craftsmanship rather than mass production, with investments geared towards elevating the spirit’s quality. The distillery’s design prioritizes the expression of Australian agave, boasting features like double copper pot distillation and gravity-fed water preservation.
Moreover, sustainability is ingrained in every aspect of production, from carbon sequestration to water management, reflecting a commitment to environmental stewardship. Innovative technologies, including spectral drone technology and energy-saving measures, underscore the distillery’s progressive ethos.
Act of Treason’s unique flavour profile, characterized by cooked agave with hints of lime and tropical fruits, sets it apart from traditional tequila. Recognized for its excellence, the spirit clinched a Gold Medal and Trophy for Alternative Spirit Of The Year at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards in 2023.
Available for purchase on the brand’s website, Act of Treason invites consumers to embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of Australian agave. As the spirit makes its mark on the global stage, it signifies a bold step towards redefining the boundaries of agave production, embodying the spirit of innovation and craftsmanship Down Under.