none
none

KANGAROO SPIRITS RAMPS UP PRODUCTION

27-10-2016
by 
in 

Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS), located on a pristine island off the coast of South Australia, has taken delivery of a 300-litre pot still and hopes it will eventually allow the business to increase production by up to 10 fold.

KIS was established in 2005 by Jon and Sarah Lark and has just produced its 500th batch of its original Wild Gin in its 80-litre copper pot still.

The distillery at Cygnet River now produces two vodkas, liqueurs and up to six gins including its Old Tom Gin, which took out the Champion Gin Trophy at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards in April.

Jon said the new 300-litre pot still featured a Carter head specifically designed for gin, making it much more efficient.

“We won’t know until we’ve done some test runs – but we could be looking at 10 times the capacity,” he said.

“The 80-litre still was running twice a day in double shifts – it was ridiculously small and there was no room for us to grow with that."

KIS currently produces about 20,000 bottles a year and is sold in more than 200 bars, restaurants and bottle shops across Australia.

Its gins boast a distinctly Australian flavour enhanced by the inclusion of local botanicals such as foliage from the coastal Daisy bush (olearia axillaris), native Juniper (myoporum insulare) and locally grown Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed myrtle.

Jon said he was fielding inquiries from Hong Kong, Mainland China, the United States, Spain, UK and New Zealand.

“We are finding there is increasing demand for our products and export is certainly on the horizon but we keep surprising ourselves with how much the domestic market is sucking up, which is great,” he said.

Jon’s brother Bill Lark started Australia’s first craft distillery in Tasmania in 1993 and has built Lark Whisky into a globally respected product.

“We were probably the first Australian dedicated gin distillery when we started 10 years ago,” Jon said.

“We felt the early rumblings of this coming out of the UK and we decided we wanted to do small batch gin by hand using some local botanicals.”

Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest offshore island, is about 150km southwest of the South Australian capital Adelaide.

Known for its natural beauty and wildlife, it is a tourism icon drawing more than 40,000 international visitors every year with the majority coming from Italy, Germany and North America.

Related news & editorials

  1. Pmod shield
    16.01.2018
    16.01.2018
    by      In
    A new range of development tools from RS Components aim to help developers build the bridge between their systems and the real world. The range of peripheral modules (or Pmods) and shields from Digilent make it easier to add capabilities such as wireless communications and a wide range of sensors... Read More
  2. PanelView 5310
    15.01.2018
    15.01.2018
    by      In
    Available now from Rockwell Automation, the Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals are ideal for smaller applications using up to 50 HMI screens. The terminals are available now in 7, 9 and 12in display sizes, and a 6in display option will be available shortly.
    Sharing many of the... Read More
  3. Gen4 Super Ion air knife
    15.01.2018
    15.01.2018
    by      In
    The new Exair Gen4 Super Ion air knife eliminates static electricity at low inlet pressures, reducing compressed air use, increasing production throughput and saving money. It can be used to remove static charges from plastics, webs, sheet stock and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming or... Read More
  4. M23 connector
    12.01.2018
    12.01.2018
    by      In
    Treotham Automation has a new right-angled M23 connector from Hummel that is extremely robust, easy to mount and Speedtec-compatible, making it ideal for industrial environments.
    All locking and fastening screws are easily accessible. Clearly visible marking facilitates plugging the connector in,... Read More