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Australians are great fans of boutique brews. The ‘low volume, premium production’ trend has moved through sectors of Australia’s liquor industry during the past ten years. First it was beer that benefitted from the craft movement, then gin, and now rum and whiskey are having their time in the spotlight. Craft distilleries are popping up...
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It’s ‘gin o’çlock’ around the world, the liquor that began as a medicinal tonic once again one of our top trending drinks. There’s no better time than now to learn more about gin and its distilling process, especially when it comes with the opportunity to make a bottle of gin according to your own personal...
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Ever feel that you wanted a drink that is ‘tailor made’ to fit? Then Winston Quinn fits the bill. Fortitude Valley is home to this urban distillery with two common themes running through its design: dogs and jeans. Their connection? Owner and distiller, Megan Donsky. You can’t enter Winston Quinn without greeting a wall mural...
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Luke Ridden is a bright star in the world of spirits. Australia’s youngest commercial distiller, co-owning Granddad Jack’s with his father David, Luke is the youngest person in the world to win a gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Not only was Granddad Jack’s Barbershop Coffee Liqueur awarded World’s Best Coffee Liqueur,...
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With a vision of starting a funky Cuban-styled bar, chemical engineer Alexander Bell launched Milton Rum with a partner in mid-2019. Distillery by day and rum bar by night (The Malecón Rum Bar), this funky Cuban bar would be right at home in pre-Castro Cuba. We can imagine its leather couches populated with cigar-smoking socialites...
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Not every bottle tells a story, but in every bottle of Panezski’s vodka there are several stories. Owned and distilled by Paul and Vanesa Chapman, Panezski follows the Polish tradition of excellence, their vodka widely recognised as among the best in the world. Poland is home to the award-winning Belvedere rye vodka, the smooth vanilla-scented...
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There’s nothing random about success. I can feel it around me when we visit Wildflower Distilling. Feel it as I take the crystal glass that’s handed to me, a piece of dehydrated orange floating on the clear liquid as I take a tentative sip. Satin. The sensation of silkiness spreads across my tongue with barely...
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Opening your own distillery must be the ultimate ‘boys’ own career’! Yet, it’s exactly what Brian and Helen Restall did. Not only is rum a passion for Brian, but so is renewable energy and sustainability. The former CEO of Cape Byron Power, a local Northern Rivers 100% renewable electricity generator located beside the Condon sugar...
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It’s one of the Tweed’s great success stories that progressed from a dream of tropical island rum to a thriving industry in just a decade. For those who have been watching the exponential growth in the success of Husk Distillers, now they have opened their own cellar door, cocktail bar and café in Tumbulgum, North...