06 November 2023
Manly Spirits Co.
Tucked away on Sydney's Northern Beaches, adjacent to the azure waters of the Pacific, Manly Spirits Co. has rapidly emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the world of spirits, particularly with their distinctive Australian whiskies. Founded in 2017 by David Whittaker and Vanessa Wilton, this distillery seamlessly marries marine influences with distillation artistry, encapsulating the true essence of coastal Australia in every bottle.
Manly Spirits Co. represents much more than just another distillery. It’s a testament to innovation, a deep connection to the Australian shoreline, and an embodiment of the adventurous Aussie spirit. Every sip is reminiscent of the refreshing sea breeze and the thrill of catching a wave.
While whisky strongholds like Scotland, Ireland, and the USA have long been at the forefront, Australia is fast establishing itself as a powerhouse in the whisky realm (you may recall us featuring Staward in the past). Manly Spirits Co. is at the forefront of this movement, crafting whiskies that offer a taste which is unmistakably and proudly Australian.
Central to Manly Spirits Co.'s whisky is its dedication to locally sourced ingredients. The distillery employs the finest Tasmanian barley and pristine water from the North Head aquifer. But it’s the influence of the sea that truly sets their spirit apart. Located a stone's throw from the ocean, the ageing barrels at the distillery are influenced by the saline sea air, which bestows the whisky with a subtle maritime character, enhancing its depth and complexity.
A standout in their impressive range is the Coastal Stone Nor'Easter whisky, which is the spirit we're featuring in November '23. This exceptional spirit captures the vivacity of the Australian coast. Matured in American, French and Australian red wine casks, it carries notes of tropical fruit, vanilla, and caramel, with a hint of the ocean's brine. It's a harmonious blend of the rugged Australian coastline and traditional whisky craftsmanship, making it a favourite among both connoisseurs and new enthusiasts.
The ethos of sustainability runs deep at Manly Spirits Co. Their approach, encapsulated by the 'From Nature to Bottle' philosophy, permeates every step of their production. Waste is diligently minimised, ingredients are conscientiously sourced from local farmers, and the by-products from distillation are repurposed as animal feed.
For those fortunate enough to visit, the distillery offers an enlightening journey. Beyond the classic tours and tastings, guests can delve deeper, understanding the nuances that make their whiskies so special. The modern design of the distillery, juxtaposed with the traditional copper stills and ageing barrels, offers a visual delight, while the adjacent tasting room is a haven for sampling their diverse range.
In essence, Manly Spirits Co. stands as a tribute to Australia's evolving whisky narrative. Their offerings, infused with the spirit of the coast, are redefining traditional whisky norms. As the global whisky landscape continues to shift and evolve, Manly Spirits Co. shines bright, exemplifying how innovation and passion can redefine age-old traditions.