After launching Australia’s first agricole rum, Husk Distillers invited the best bartenders from Brisbane to Byron to challenge convention & change the way we perceive & drink rum in Australia.

THE CHALLENGE: Create a unique Ti Punch recipe that reflects our region, heritage & spirit, taking this traditional French Caribbean cocktail & giving it an Australian twist.


Ti Punch Master 2017: Matthew O’Malley, Cobbler 

Matthew O’Malley from Cobbler has been crowned the 2017 Ti Punch Master. Matthew has won the ultimate rum experience for himself and 3 friends at Husk Distillers, Tumbulgum.

  • 2 nights accommodation at Santai Resort in Casuarina
  • The unique opportunity to join the Husk Distillers team and participate in the sugar cane crush (day 1) and distillation (day 2), learning the basics about distilling and getting a behind the scenes look into the running of a craft distillery.
  • Take home a 9 litre oak barrel of the 2017 Vintage of Husk Rum, distilled in our new Scottish Forsyth still (the first to be imported into Australia).
  • Bottles from the Husk Distillers range, signed by the distiller & a prize pack of merchandise.



This year’s Ti Punch Masters brought together bartenders from up & down the coast. Here is the lineup of talent:


Lola Lucassen from The End

Daniel Pennefather from Blackbird Bar & Restaurant Brisbane

Cassie Potts from Fitz + Potts

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Samuel Russ from Canvas

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Kal Moore from The Gresham

GRAND FINAL WINNER: Matthew O’Malley from Cobbler



Giorgia Zanzani from Balboa Italian

Joshua McLean from Atrium Bar

Michelle Din from Old Tom

Jack Connor from Aloha Bar and Dining

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Kimberley Brown from Lockwood Bar

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Adam Bastow from Etsu



Matteo Salerno from The Bolt Hole

David Fielding from Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts

Rebecca Blackburne from Halcyon House

Sam Curtis from Harvest Newrybar

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Emily Gray from The Spotted Pig

SEMI FINAL WINNER: Caitlin from Taverna


Thanks to Fever-Tree for sponsoring the semi final and final events with mixers. 





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