The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ED­WARD BOYD

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

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