Over the last few months, I have written several articles about craft gin makers. This subject has really captivated me and many hipsters on a global level. For this alcoholic drink to be certified as Gin it has to have a juniper berry base. That is why I could only include certain products in my recent series of editorials. However, in many regions of Australia, there are several micro distillers that are producing other interesting beverages. Ultimately this prompted to publish another review to shine a light on the fine talents of these four amazing companies.
Mr. Black Spirits
Mr. Black is a specialist brand located in close proximity (North) of Sydney, Australia. The Business began in 2013 when renowned master distiller Philip Moore (featured in my recent ‘More Australian Craft Gin Producers’ article) and expert coffee roaster Tom Baker met by chance. By joining forces these two dynamic personalities have achieved some extraordinary results. Presently they have two phenomenal products that combine cold drip coffee with the purest spirits. I have tasted both the silky smooth liquor and intense Amaro. Certainly, I would recommend drinking them neat or as a cocktail.
For more information about Mr. Black follow this link: http://mrblack.co
Kimberley Rum Company
The Kimberley Rum Company is located in the regional Suburb of Middle Swan just 30 minutes outside Perth CBD. Originally the business opened in 2002 and was founded by master distiller Rohan Passmore. However, these days the firm, which is operated from Great Northern Distillery is managed by Ryan Passmore and Blaire Newland (who is my main contact). All of their raw cane sugar spirits are meticulously handcrafted in 1000L stainless steel custom-built Australian stills. I tested one of their premium beverages called the Canefire No.5, that is absolutely blended to perfection in French oak 225-litre barrels.
For more information about The Kimberley Rum Company follow this link: https://www.canefire.net
The Grove Distillery
The Grove Distillery is a situated in Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia. This company was established by English financial wizard Steve Hughes and his wife Val in 1995. Over the last 23 years, the company has exponentially expanded to offer customers a comprehensive experience. As well as an on-site distillery there is a cellar door, café and even accommodation on offer. I was fortunate to sample their exquisite premium American style Margaret River Honey spirit (crafted by master distiller James Reed). Essentially this is an Australian version of American Honey Bourbon but equally delicious.
For more information about The Grove Distillery follow this link: https://www.thegrovedistillery.com.au
Willie Smith’s Distillery
Willie Smith’s Distillery is located in the picturesque Huon Valley, which is close to Hobart, Tasmania. On a recent family holiday, I actually visited their apple shed and tried some of their delectable cider. This firm has been four generations of apple farmers and is renowned for its gourmet products. In April 2016 the business diversified and opened a specialist distillery. Impressively they are the first company in Australia to produce apple brandy in a bespoke alembic copper still. They have named it after local pioneer Charles Oates who built an empire in the region. As well as sampling this distinctive spirit I also tested their Apple Blanco that has refreshing floral undertones.
For more information about Willie Smith’s Distillery follow this link: https://www.williesmiths.com.au