Manly Spirits Co. is located at 4a/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100 and is the brain child of David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton, who own and operate the artisan spirits distillery hidden in plain site on the Northern Beaches of NSW, the first of its kind in the area. Their inspiration is to capture the harmony between carefree beach life and urban poise for which Manly is renowned as they create Single Malt Whiskies, Australian Gins and Botanical Vodkas that are, and will rival the best in the world whilst staying true to their roots and sense of terroir.
Although Manly Spirits Co. produce stunning vodka’s and gins (which we quietly enjoy on a hot summers day, shoosh :) hehe!), been a whisky website, we’ll be concentrating on the divine liquid they currently have ageing in a variety of ex-Bourbon American oak casks, Ex-Fortified wine French-oak casks and Ex-Australian Wine casks – Pinot Noir and Shiraz. 😉 Distillation is performed in two bespoke 1000L and 1500L copper pot stills that were designed by co-owner, David Whittaker (formally educated as a chemical engineer) and then matured in a selection of French or American oak casks before being finished in classic Australian wine varietal casks.
Their North Fort Whisky range is aged for a minimum of at least two years as per Australian whisky regulations with head distiller, Tim Stones determining when it’s optimal time to share each whisky variety with the world so be prepared for the first bottlings to be released by late 2019. Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule and this comes in the form of their North Fort ‘White Dog’ malt spirit which is readily available now as a ‘new make’ spirit and available in our store, at their cellar door and in their tasting bar located within the distillery.
So, if you’re looking for a great day out and to enjoy something unique to the Australian Northern Beaches, head to the Manly Spirits Co for a quiet drink at their intimate tasting bar, or book a tour and tasting where the friendly team will give you a behind the scenes experience of spirit making like no other.
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