The Gin Guide Finalists Announced

Following an intensive period of tasting and judging by 10 expert judges, The Gin Guide Awards 2019 list of finalists has been announced.  We are delighted that Manly Spirits Australian Dry Gin received high enough scores across all the judges to progress into the final of the London Dry Category.  The margins were apparently extremely fine, with a large number of entries missing the threshold, so Tim Stones Head Distiller of Manly Spirits deserves huge credit.

Final tastings and verification by The Gin Guide judging panel will now take place to determine the winners in each category, as well as collating scores to determine the regional high scorers.  We shall wait and see how the Australian Dry Gin gets on….

View the finalists here:

GQ names Coastal Citrus Gin as one of the best for a G&T

In March, GQ published its guide to the best gins to make the perfect gin and tonic.  We are delighted that out of the many thousands of gins they could choose, the featured Manly Spirits Coastal Citrus gin.  They even took it one step further recommending that is ‘best enjoyed in a classic Tom Collins; simply muddle with soda, sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice. The closest you’ll get to a balmy Sydney sundowner, without the jet lag’.  Read the article here.


Bar Magazine: Health & Wellness Trends Drive Premium Soft Drinks in the On Trade

This month Bar Magazinereported on the rise of Soft Drink sales in the on-traded which is being led by ‘a growth in craft spirits’ as well as a ‘push from consumers towards more non-alcoholic serves’. Bar Magazine reported on how our tonic brand Lixir Tonic are are exploring less established alcohol pairings with including founder Jordan Palmer’s comments on how Lixir’s strategy fits into these growing trends. Read the full article from page 38 here.


Manly Spirits Arrive in the UK

Last week, just in time for Australia Day 2019 Boutique Bar Brands announced the launch of Manly Spirits in the UK with an evening of spirits tastings, cocktails and a giant inflatable Clown Fish!

After many months of planning and patiently waiting for bottles to make their way to the UK from ‘down under’ we were delighted to welcome over 50 members of the drinks trade and media to the Merchant House of Bow Lane, City of London.

Heralded by Master of Malt as ‘one of Australia’s most exciting new distilleries’ we welcomed Manly Spirits founders David and Vanessa Whittaker as well as Head Distiller Tim Stone to London for a packed week of celebrations including Manly Spirits takeovers at The Domino (Leeds), Nine Lives, Bermondsey and we were even invited to the Australian High Commission for their annual Australia Day Reception.

Consumers can purchase the full Manly Spirits range of gins, botanical vodkas and liqueurs from Master of Malt.  For trade enquiries please contact

Avuá Cachaça Tiki by the Sea launch

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Cocktail Bartenders! Here’s your chance to win a trip to Rome and celebrate all things Tiki.

Tiki By the Sea is a three-day bartender focused educational and cultural experience which will be based in a private seaside villa outside of Rome, running from September 17th-19th.

50 bartenders from all across Europe will get the chance to travel down for 3 days/2 nights of fun and Tiki education .

The event hosted by Avuá Cachaça in association with Don Q, Drambuie, Appleton and Plantation will feature seminars with expert speakers in Tiki culture, hands-on cocktail workshops and Cachaça and Rum tastings. There will also be time to explore the coastal town of Fregene, beach and pool party’s and, of course, the best of Italian cuisine.




The application process will run from April 1 – May 31.

There are only eight available places from the U.K., five of which will be by application and three of which will be on an incentive promoting Avuá Cachaça.

Applicants can apply here