JUNIPER DRINK THE GIN THING
GIN’S rapid rise in popularity over the past decade has created a global thirst for Aussie-bottled products.
The number of Australian craft distilleries has increased fivefold since 2014 and Sydney is now one of the premium gin-producing cities.
The Australian Distillers Association has 175 members across the nation — up from just 33 in 2014. About 75 per cent of members are distilleries, while the rest are service providers.
Manly Spirits Co opened 18 months ago and plans to start exporting to the UK next year. “People are actually drinking less alcohol per capita but what they want to drink is higher quality,” co-founder David Wilton told The Saturday Telegraph.
“Australian gins punch above our weight on an international stage … essentially due to our different and interesting Australian botanical palate.”
Tom Sramek and Stepanka Nagyova at Manly Spirits Co. Picture: Justin Lloyd