The newly launched Manly Spirits Co. is Sydney’s Northern Beaches’ first artisan distillery, and focuses on bringing a “coastal influence” to its range of gins, vodkas and whiskies.
With a range that includes Australian Dry Gin, Australian Botanical Vodka (Marine), Australian Botanical Vodka (Terra Firma) and ‘White Dog’ unaged whisky spirit, the distillery is also offering 20 litre whisky barrels to investors.
In order to bring a local touch to its range, The Manly Spirits Co. Distillery team have taken inspiration from the its surrounding marine environment of the New South Wales coastline, and by using sustainably sourced Australian native and marine botanicals.
Inspired by a trip to Tasmanian, founders David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton did some intensive research exploring distilleries in the USA, Europe, UK and Scotland before comitting to their plan and getting some much-needed hands-on training from a leading distillery in Tasmania.
While Wilton’s 20 years in marketing has informed the unique brand identity for Manly Spirits Co, Whittaker’s design, project and operations expertise lead to him commissioning an “innovative new still design”.
The founding team is joined by Tim Stones, head distiller and production manager, who has over two decades spent in the global drinks trade as bartender, bar manager and brand ambassador. Coming from Beefeater Gin in London, Stones brings a wealth of experience to his new role.
As for their unique botanicals, that is the purview of Elijah Holland, who has lead the charge in bringing Australian native ingredients to the global stage. Holland first came to the attention of Manly Spirits Co as the head forager and chef de partie at Rene Redzepis pop up version of Noma in Sydney. Thanks to his culinary and foraging skills, Manly Spirits Co gins and botanical vodkas utilise many locally-sourced marine and coastal botanicals.
The distillery will be welcoming guests from mid-May for tours and tastings.