AUSTRALIAN WHISKY DISTILLERY

It all began with a epiphany on the clifftops of Manly Beach

Manly Spirits Co founder, David Whittaker, started off with a simple vision - to create a distinctly Australian coastal whisky we can be proud of.

Coastal Stone Whisky is an expression of the maritime elements and raw nature of the Australian coast, combined with the desire to create a whisky that exceeds expectations. Distilled and matured on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, expertly crafted with a balance of tradition and innovation. A refined spirit that respects our Sydney climate, created from grain to glass with no shortcuts, no strict timelines, just premium ingredients with true artisan skill.    

Rich in complex flavours, each expression tells the story of our distillers’ creativity and experimentation to create exquisite yet approachable whisky. Captured in a contemporary glass bottle, sculptured with the eroded textures of weathered sandstone cliffs that border our coastline. Sealed with a truly unique Sydney Sandstone stopper.

Destined to be enjoyed in the company of good conversation because there’s nothing quite like sharing a fine dram with friends. 

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Supporting our Aussie farmers all our barley is grown and malted in Australia.Barley contains starch and it is this starch which needs to be converted into soluble sugars to make alcohol. For this to occur, the barley must undergo germination and this first part of the process is called ‘malting’. Quality Australian malted barley is sourced and then milled to a suitable consistency at the distillery.

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maturation

Fluctuating temperatures mean our whisky interacts with the barrel at a much more rapid rate than it would in Scotland. It's also a lot drier here, which increases our whisky's ABV instead of decreasing it. This means the weather would ruin our drop if left for much longer

Our Process

How we make our Australian single malt whisky

Grain & Milling

Supporting our Aussie farmers all our barley is grown and malted in Australia.Barley contains starch and it is this starch which needs to be converted into soluble sugars to make alcohol. For this to occur, the barley must undergo germination and this first part of the process is called ‘malting’. Quality Australian malted barley is sourced and then milled to a suitable consistency at the distillery.

Mashing

Malt gristed in a two-roller mill. A combined mash/lauter tun is used to extract malt sugars for fermentation. Two-stage lauter and hot water sparge.

Fermentation - Gentle & Patient

The new make spirit for Coastal Stone Whisky is lovingly produced at the Manly Spirits Distillery from grain to glass. We mash Australian ale malt to extract the malt sugars which are then slowly converted by a blend of yeasts in slow fermentation over 5 days.

Stills

Uniquely designed double copper pot still produce the cleanest spirit to start our whisky’s journey one step ahead. Our wash is double distilled in our custom-designed copper pot stills to produce a clean, sweet, and malty new make spirit. The clean qualities are delivered by tall stills with upward-sloping lyne arms and the spirit still onion which add additional reflux and spirit purity. In the final spirit run our distillers take a small foreshot cut and slow the still right down to further enhance the spirit for optimum barrel maturation.

Maturing

All of our casks are matured close to the NSW coast, picking up marine elements from temperate land and sea breezes.  Our cask maturation spans up to 5 years, with a range of 100L-500L cask sizes. 

Each expression consists of carefully selected casks, with our Element Series showcasing mostly 100-200L first fill casks, and our Nor’easter marrying together a range of 225-500L ex-wine and ex-bourbon casks.

Non-chill filtered

The whisky is non chill filtered and has absolutely no need for added colours due to it rich cask extraction. As the whisky is so rich with flavour congeners it may form a flocculant over time in bottle or go a little hazy when its sitting in your glass dilution against a large block of ice. This is a sign of an artisan craft whisky where flavour is prioritised over appearance. 

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Behind the scenes

To dive deeper into the world of whisky, why not join us on our Whisky Distillery Tour. You will be shown how we make our single malt whisky followed by a tasting experience for you to sit, sip and compare with your new-found knowledge.

What is whisky?

Perhaps the most recognised and valued spirit in the world, whisky has a specific place among spirit lovers. Whisky is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. The grains commonly used in whisky production include barley, corn, rye, and wheat. The specific combination of grains and the production process contribute to the distinct flavours and characteristics of different types of whisky.

Why do whiskies produced in different distilleries have varying flavours?

Each distillery has a different take on making whisky. While some favour fruity and sweet notes, others like dry and smoky ones but it’s a mixture of the grains, barrels and ageing processes that enables distillers to experiment with different characteristics of these flavours at will. Common cask types used to finish whisky included ex-bourbon, wine and fortified wine. Each offer distillers tools for innovation and experimenting with their own styles.

What's the best way to drink whisky?

Whisky is a spirit that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. It can be sipped neat straight up or chilled over ice. Adding a splash of water can bring out the flavours and characteristics in the spirit. Mixing with sugars, syrups and mixers can reimagine a whisky into a charming and complex cocktail. Classics like the Whisky Sour or Old Fashioned incorporate bitter and citrus elements to compliment the whisky.

What's the Manly Spirits process for handcrafting whisky?

Manly Spirits Co. understands that crafting whisky takes time and requires a specific set of expertise, which is why our cracking distillery team have been hard at work creating our own take and style, choosing quality Australian malted barley as the basis for our craft spirit.

 Milled, fermented, distilled and aged for a minimum of two years in ex-bourbon American oak casks and ex-wine casks from France and Australia, our Australian whisky has a unique flavour that speaks to the Aussie landscape and our approach to hand-crafted and considered approach to micro-distillery.

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