Strewth, we’ve got some bonza mates that bring us gin from their travels! Our good friend and neighbour (everybody needs good neighbours, sorry couldn’t resist!) Kev has further indulged our passion for gin and brought us a stunning bottle of @manlyspirits Australian Dry Gin back from his recent trip to Australia.
We were instantly drawn to this bottle of gin due to the outstanding packaging design and it’s even more stunning than we could have imagined in the flesh. The colour, embossed bottle and the illustrations on the label all point towards the strong marine link of this gin and the distillery.
Manly Spirits was founded by David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton who first had the idea of opening a distillery whilst driving through the hills of Tasmania in late 2015. A mere 18 months later and their dreams became a reality when they opened Manly Spirits Co. Distillery which is based at Brookvale in New South Wales. They have created a social distillery with a tasting bar where you can enjoy their range of spirits, straight up or in cocktails.
A beautiful 600L Arnold Holstein still named Bella (after the owners daughter) is used to create their signature gins. The gin is distilled using the one shot distillation method that takes approximately 5 hours.
The botanical line up includes many Australian native and marine botanicals. The full set of botanicals used are sea lettuce, juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, orris root, orange peel, cardamom, finger lime, aniseed myrtle, and mountain pepper leaf.
On the nose the gin has bright citrus and piney juniper notes.
To taste the citrus and piney juniper are upfront, followed by a slightly sweet and warming liquorice flavour which comes from the aniseed myrtle.
Alongside the Australian Dry Gin they also make a Coastal Citrus Gin, Botanical Vodka and Whisky is set to follow in 2019.