Over the Moon:

Kalki Moon is al­ways about qual­ity not quan­tity, and de­vel­op­ing a world- ac­claimed bou­tique range of prod­ucts

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Kalki Moon show­cases some of their hand­crafted range.

A FIRM com­mit­ment to a qual­ity prod­uct and a clear pride in his re­gion has proven hugely suc­cess­ful for Rick Prosser.

Look­ing back over the year, it is amaz­ing to see how far Kalki Moon Dis­till­ing and Brew­ing Com­pany has come. It’s now an award-win­ning name through­out Aus­tralia.

When Kalki Moon Dis­till­ing and Brew­ing Com­pany opened its doors in March 2017, it was the re­al­i­sa­tion of a life­long dream for Rick, shared with his brother-in-law Michael Nash and close friend Paul Mark.

Rick said by start­ing small, Kalki Moon was about qual­ity not quan­tity, and de­vel­op­ing a world-ac­claimed bou­tique range of prod­ucts, shar­ing his 17-plus years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the al­co­hol in­dus­try.

“We did our re­search be­fore launch­ing the com­pany with vodka and gin, some­thing that had never been done in Aus­tralia be­fore and we have seen a real de­mand, es­pe­cially for a clas­sic se­ries that is af­ford­able to a large mar­ket,” he said.

“Gin is a very re­fresh­ing drink and, through the free tast­ings at our dis­tillery, we are able to fur­ther ed­u­cate con­sumers on dif­fer­ent ways to mix it to be en­joyed by a va­ri­ety of palates both male and fe­male.

“We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of how lo­cals have been our am­bas­sadors, both with the gins and the liqueur range and we are lucky be­cause Bund­aberg con­tin­ues to at­tract a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional guests who en­joy our flavours.

“We have found that lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike are drawn to the daily tours of our dis­tillery so they can see first­hand the de­tailed process that goes into mak­ing the dif­fer­ent forms of al­co­hol and also sam­ple a taste.”

As a dis­tiller, Rick spent 13 years at Bund­aberg Rum be­fore help­ing to es­tab­lish the Water­view Dis­till­ing Com­pany and cred­its both with pro­vid­ing him with ex­cel­lent train­ing and al­low­ing him to de­velop a good taste pro­file.

His knowl­edge of blends and flavours has helped de­velop more prod­ucts as the com­pany has grown and in par­tic­u­lar dif­fer­ent op­tions such the most re­cent Pink Gin Liqueur which is a lovely blend of el­der­flower and rose.

Not only has the re­sponse been pos­i­tive from con­sumers, but the awards have been plen­ti­ful, start­ing with three medals at the In­ter­na­tional Wine and Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion in Lon­don in July 2017.

That was fol­lowed by gold at this year’s Aus­tralian Dis­tilled Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne for their Pre­mium Lon­don Dry Gin, the first Queens­land dis­tillery to take out this cov­eted award.

Sol­stice, a bar­rel aged gin, took out a sil­ver award, while bronze was awarded to the dis­tillery’s Clas­sic Gin, Clas­sic Vodka, Choc/Hazel­nut Liqueur and Choc/Mint Liqueur.

But it doesn’t stop there as this lo­cal bev­er­age com­pany has kept the mo­men­tum rolling and has dis­tri­bu­tion of its pre­mium gin and liqueurs through Dan Mur­phy’s around Aus­tralia.

While Rick now in­tends to slow down prod­uct re­leases and fo­cus on con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide a high-qual­ity prod­uct, he shows no sign of sit­ting back and re­lax­ing just yet.

The dis­tillery is set to ex­pand to al­low greater space to ef­fec­tively make its prod­ucts and will ul­ti­mately mean the fam­ily busi­ness can em­ploy more staff to help make this pos­si­ble.

Rick and his wife Kylie have also been in­vited to the Sin­ga­pore Asia Food and Bev­er­age Expo which is a great place to con­tinue to grow ex­ports and re­ally high­light this strong Queens­land brand.

“Kalki Moon was born out of a pas­sion for what I do and I am proud of all we have achieved here and am look­ing to a strong fu­ture in a re­gion that con­tin­ues to be al­ways known for a qual­ity drop,” he said.

Kalki Moon Dis­till­ing and Brew­ing Com­pany 22 Com­mer­cial St, Bund­aberg Open­ing hours

Tues­day to Fri­day 10am-6pm Satur­day 10am-3pm Sun­day 10am-2pm Kalki Moon Dis­till­ing and Brew­ing Com­pany pick up pres­ti­gious awards af­ter a short time on the mar­ket.

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