INFUSED WITH CASCARA AND VANILLA FOR A DELIGHTFULLY FESTIVE SUMMER GIN
A refreshingly sweet summer gin for endless days in the waves.
Manly Spirits Co. Distillery will be launching their first-ever limited summer release, Amber Spiced Gin in collaboration with Campos Coffee, on 30th October 2020, just in time for the festive season. Capturing the essence of the holiday season on ‘the Beaches’, where each warm summer day blurs into the next. A refreshingly sweet summer gin that will get you in the mood for those long summer days spent at the beach, getting lost in the waves and enjoying a refreshing post-surf G&T.
‘Summer holidays for us on the Beaches is all about endless days in the waves.’ Says Vanessa, Co-founder of Manly Spirits, ‘Every year David (Husband and Co-founder of Manly Spirits) and I look forward to those days in-between Christmas and New Years where there’s no schedule or agenda – where you can forget about the worries of the year, enjoying the ocean, and sharing a drink with friends. This is what we wanted to capture in our Amber Spiced Gin, reminding ourselves to relax and let go of the crazy year we’ve found ourselves in, and appreciate the beautiful Australian beaches on our doorstep.’
The stunning amber colour comes from an 18-hour infusion of cascara and vanilla. ‘We tried distilling cascara at first, but found that infusing the cascara actually brought out more of those sweeter raisin-like flavours from the cascara, which made that candied-fruit characteristic a lot bolder – just how we like it!’ Says Thiago Lopes, the distiller behind Amber Spiced Gin. ‘Our gins are known for celebrating bold and unique flavours, and we wanted to do the same with this summer gin.’
With Vanessa’s family having a background in growing coffee up in the hinterlands of Byron, it only made sense that Manly Spirits’ first festive gin would be a family affair. ‘We used a combination of Campos cascara, and my dad’s cascara from his farm in Byron. I have fond memories of roaming the rows of coffee trees, so it was very special to be able to call on dad for this summery Christmas gin.’
The label showcases a whole new approach for Manly Spirits, featuring Australian artist Craig Parnaby’s ‘The Drop’ as the main feature. ‘We wanted to fully appreciate the incredible artwork by Craig, so we saw the label as a blank canvas and extended the artwork across ribbon to give it that feeling of endless calm.’ Says Vanessa, who designed the label and bespoke glass bottles. ‘I’ve always loved Craig’s work, it reminds me of the retro surf culture at Manly Beach in the 70s, and I particularly loved how he captured that relaxed feeling of calm before dropping into the wave.’
Amber Spiced Gin brings a rich vanilla and fruity sweetness on nose, which extends on the palate, with a smooth, balanced finish of candied fruit and a subtle hint of citrus and cinnamon spice.
The delightfully festive summer gin is nicely served with a premium Indian tonic and garnished with fresh orange, or as in what we like to call a ‘Liquid Amber Negroni’.
Amber Spiced Gin is the 5th gin ever released by Manly Spirits, following their award-winning range of Australian craft gin. True to their approach of capturing ‘nature in a bottle’, they’ve made a coastal inspired gin that encapsulates the essence of the Aussie holiday season on ‘the Beaches’.
With a passion for sustainably sourced native botanicals, the team at Manly Spirits Co. have combined their expertise of distillation and a good dose of Australian values, to craft their award winning gins – Manly Spirits Australian Dry Gin, Manly Spirits Barrel Aged Gin (Whisky), Manly Spirits Coastal Citrus Gin, Lilly Pilly Pink Gin and now their limited summer release gin, Amber Spiced Gin.
The Manly Spirits Amber Spiced Gin will be available for pre-sale on the 20th October 2020, ahead of the official release date on the 30th October. Due to the limited run of this special release, there will be a maximum of 2 bottles per person. Available from the Manly Spirits Co. Distillery, 4a/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale NSW on the 30th October 2020 or online at https://manlyspirits.com.au from the 20th October 2020.