My background is horticulture and I was the founder and manager of Renaissance Herbs – Australia’s largest wholesale herb nursery - for over 20 years where we grew close to one million plants per year. I have a passion for plants, flavours and aromas both of food and drinks as well as botanicals. Thus, it was preordained that a nursery specialising in hundreds of varieties of herbs had to be the obvious consequence of these consuming enthusiasms.
It was in 2007 I felt I needed a sea change and with the guidance of two books, the internet and the purchase of a an extremely tiny still, I initiated myself in the ancient art and science of distilling.
So far in prestigious international spirit competitions, I have won seven gold medals and six silver medals.
My international award winning drinks are created from many hours of handcrafting and hundreds of trials. The gardens which surround the distillery, allow me to indulge my passion for plants, source botanicals for my range and enjoy a tranquil oasis which is suprisingly, only minutes from the madding crowd.
As my passion are plants, everything must be made from plants. No artificial flavours or colours will ever be allowed at Distillery Botanica and the botanicals used in our drinks, are grown in our garden whenever and where ever possible. I love deconstructing individual elements of herbs, foods and drinks, then fusing them together to create a flavour symphony for you to enjoy.
I welcome you to visit Distillery Botanica, where you can indulge in my creations and learn a thing or two about the distilling process.