Local producer Diablo Co takes out prestigious National Rum Award

Sunshine Coast based, family owned liquor producer Diablo Co has taken home the prestigious People’s Choice Award for their Black Cockatoo Chilli Spice Rum at the 2022 Australian Rum Awards last Saturday night.

Diablo Co owners Dimitris Limnatitis, Charlene Dellaway and her brother Ian Dellaway along with their team attended the gala event at Brisbane’s Tattersalls Club and said they were thrilled their team’s hard work and commitment to create a range of locally sourced and produced alcoholic beverages had been recognised.

“It’s incredibly rewarding recognition for our hard working team who are committed to putting our range of locally produced liquors up against some of the biggest players in the industry and coming out on top.

“It’s a classic David and Goliath situation as we were up against highly respected major producers like Bundaberg Rum and Husk Distillery, people from across the country voted for this award so it’s mind blowing to think that we were awarded the highly coveted People’s Choice Award.

“This award really reinforces our commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative, high quality beverages which are made from 100% Sunshine Coast ingredients, even our bottles are Australian made.

“I think our philosophy really resonates with consumers who want to know their beverages are made from locally sourced ingredients while also positioning Diablo Co as a sustainability leader in the liquor industry,” Dimi said.

Charlene said she was proud that Diablo Co was representing the Sunshine Coast with International standards in the liquor industry.

“We are up against some of the largest national and multinational alcoholic beverage producers so we are now rebranding our range of liqueurs to the Australian Liqueurs. 

“Our range of 8 liqueurs will be rebranded as the 100% Australian made alternative to the imported liqueurs and our sights are firmly set on competing with the leaders in the global liqueur industry,” Charlene said. 

Earlier this year Diablo Co and the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation teamed up to raise funds to support research and on-ground actions to better understand the Glossy Black-Cockatoo behaviours and critical habitat within the Noosa region.

The partnership has seen Diablo Co donate a percentage from every sale of the entire award-winning Black Cockatoo range to raise funds to preserve the smallest and rarest of the Black Cockatoos, listed as vulnerable in Queensland.


Black Cockatoo Coconut Rum – took home the trophy for the winner of the Flavoured Rum category

Black Cockatoo Chilli Spiced Rum- won Gold for the Spiced Rum Category as well as the Trophy Winner of the People’s Choice Awards. 


Diablo Co also entered and received overwhelming accolades at the 2022 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards hosted by Melbourne Royal in October this year.

Azure Mediterranean Gin – silver

Azure Mediterranean Aged Gin – bronze

Eros Double Distilled Vodka – bronze

Eros Grape Vodka – bronze

Eros Chilli Vodka – bronze

Triple Sec Liqueur – silver

Pineapple Liqueur – bronze

Lychee Liqueur – silver

Passionfruit Liqueur – bronze

Black Cockatoo Coconut Rum – bronze

Espresso Martini Liqueur – silver


2022 Australian Gin Awards, won bronze in the Contemporary Style Class (announced in Oct 2022).



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