Wednesday, January 24, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Whitsundays’ Own ‘Tequila’

Revolutionary new distilling practices have made their home in the heart of the Whitsundays.

100 per cent crafted from Agave tequilana, the distilling process uses entirely renewable energy practices, including using biodiesel, cover cropping, sediment run off prevention, and carbon sequestration, at the Eden Lassie spirit farm and distillery, between Bowen and Airlie Beach.

While it cannot be officially called tequila, Act of Treason is entirely Agave based, with the Agave plants sourced from Ayr, before being distilled with notes of lime and hints of tropical fruits.

“Act of Treason symbolises the pioneering spirit of a project that will create a new region of agave spirit. The Dry Tropics of north Queensland are the ideal place for that to occur,” explained CEO of Top Shelf International, the parent company of Act of Treason, Trent Fraser.

“Like many other producers, we feel there is an opportunity for agave to be shared with the world and for others to put their distinctive imprint on a category that continues to surge in popularity in Australia and overseas.

“Act of Treason has joined the new global era of agave. We’re approaching this as an opportunity to create something new and expand the horizons of a category that has been geographically limited for centuries. In many ways it’s no different to the evolution wine underwent three decades ago,” he explained.

“If some feel that we’re being treasonous, then so be it. The greater crime would be not doing it all.”

Act of Treason entirely grown and distilled in North Queensland. Photo supplied

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