South Australia Premier Steven Marshall MP on Friday opened the new $3.5 million Kangaroo Island Spirits production facility and cellar door.
Set within landscaped gardens with native botanicals, the facility includes a 1800-litre steam-driven gin still and a 4500L whisky still that makes Kangaroo Island Spirits the largest whisky distillery in South Australia.
“With the addition of a range of exciting and immersive tasting experiences and a new Spirits Academy on the island, our vision is to attract additional visitors, be involved in a wider a range of events, create new jobs for locals and increase our capacity for innovation and excellence,” commented Mark Haysman, managing director of ASX-listed owner Mighty Craft.
“Thanks to the support of the SA Government, Kangaroo Island Distillery is now poised to become one of Australia’s most iconic experiential distilleries, attracting global attention and visitation, and contributing to the broader economy.”
The launch coincides with a brand and packaging overhaul that underscores KID’s position as Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery.
“The bottle’s unique designs highlight the island botanicals that are handpicked by the distilling team and at the forefront of the flavour profile of each spirit,” Haysman said.
Overseen by Mighty Craft’s Group Distiller George Campbell, Mighty Craft’s new Spirits Academy at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island is intended to be a centre of learning, innovation, and excellence for Australian distilling talent.
Kangaroo Island Spirits’ tasting experiences kick off on April 1, including a premium gin tasting flight, a blend-your-own-gin experience and a cocktail masterclass.
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