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Australian Craft Gin Part I

Approximately two years ago I wrote a series of articles about craft gin. It’s an artisan beverage that really fascinated me and prompted me to devise a book concept. Even though two publishers loved my detailed synopsis they thought the subject was too niche. In fact, both editors thought craft gin mainly appealed to young hipsters in their late twenties/early thirties. Maybe at this time, they were correct, but I feel times have changed. Here are several of the original distillers I featured with exciting new variants.

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Archie Rose is a multi-award-winning distiller located in Rosebery, New South Wales, Australia. Previously I featured this exclusive brand in my article entitled ‘The Genius of Craft Gin Producers II‘. I was so impressed with their business model that tailors a range of spirits to the client specifications. The gin I received not only tasted fantastic but also had my name printed on the label. Certainly, this impressed numerous of my friends when they visited our home for a meal. Recently I got the opportunity to test their ‘Master Award’ winning ‘Harvest 2019 Poorman’s Orange Gin’. With subtle essences of bergamot, orange peel, finger lime I found it truly delightful.

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Husk Distillers

Husk Distillers is a boutique beverage manufacturer located in the Tweed Valley on the North Coast of New South Wales (near Byron Bay). The business was established by innovator Paul Messenger and his family in 2012. Since then they have forged a solid reputation for themselves within the craft spirit community. Their ‘pièce de résistance’ is a product aptly named Ink Gin, which took over three years to develop. As well as tasting absolutely superb it also has a distinctive blue colour derived from a Thai flower called the Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea). Since I featured the company in my ‘The Genius of Craft Gin Producers Part III’ article they have released a fantastic new product called the ‘Ink Sloe & Berry Gin’.

For more information about Husk Distillers follow this link

Manly Spirits Co

Manly Spirits Co is a craft producer located in the trendy New South Wales seaside resort of Manley in Australia. The company is very new to the scene and was established in April 2017. Before they launched the business dynamic owners David and Vanessa Wilton extensively travelled the world to visit numerous distilleries. Originally, I tested their ‘Australian Dry Gin’, which was phenomenal. That’s why I was intrigued to sample the company’s new ‘Lilly Pilly Pink Gin’. With subtle essences of soft red berry and native limes, this blend is a real winner.

For more information about Manly Spirits Co. follow this link

Sullivans Cove Distillery

Sullivans Cove Distillery is a specialist boutique craft producer located in Cambridge, Tasmania, Australia. The business was originally founded in 1994 but has really gained international recognition in 2004 when head distiller Patrick Maguire took the helm. In 2014 their French Oak cask HH0525 acknowledged as the world’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the prestigious World Whiskies Awards. Impressively, the company also make a range of other high-quality spirits including a phenomenal Single Malt Gin called the Hobart No.4. (featured in ‘The Genius of Craft Gin Producers Part III’). Subsequently, the company have released two new variants called the ‘Gin Old Fashioned’ and ‘Barrel-Aged Negroni’.

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