Forget getting on the beers, these enticing spirits from Newy Distillery will have you reaching for more
09.03.2021

Forget getting on the beers, these enticing spirits from Newy Distillery will have you reaching for more

Words by Riya Kiran

Family-owned Newy Distillery showcases spirits with flare.

Founded by Luke and Kimberly Storey, this boutique distillery first began brewing in the Storey’s household shed. Flash forward two gorgeous daughters and a global pandemic later, the Newy Distillery is a thriving business providing funky flavoured alcohol to all corners of Australia.

“It all started following the birth of our first child. I was looking for a business I could do from home. Something that would give me flexibility with looking after our child, now children!” exclaimed Kimberly.

“After a lot of debate and throwing around business ideas we ended up starting a distillery. My husband, Luke, always had a passion for making quality spirits and has been making gin for over a decade, so we thought we would turn his passion into more than just a hobby.”

With imagination being a key ingredient, Newy Distillery sees the power couple not only bring you the highest quality thirst-quenchers, but also encourages epic creativity and unconventional drink experiences for absolutely anyone. Of course, it all comes down to the distilling process, with both vodka and gins made with top-shelf quality botanicals and all-natural flavoursome ingredients.

The distilling process for all their liqueurs begins in farms up in North Queensland, where the grains are obtained. These grains are then milled and transported to the distillery where the Newy team ferments them in large steel tanks.

“Fast forward four to six weeks and we end up with a fermented wash that we distil through our amazing still and create alcohol,” explained Luke, husband, father and expert brewer.

“When making our signature gin we vapour infuse 16 different botanicals, mainly sourced locally where we can, into the alcohol to give it the flavour.”

Newy’s vodka is made from Australian Wheat, and triple distilled to give you a very smooth and refined tasting Vodka. The distillery offers a large variety of tempting including the popular fruit-based range!

“All our fresh fruit is sourced organically from orchids on the Central Coast of NSW,

“For our fruit vodkas we allow the fresh fruit to maturate in pure alcohol for about two to four weeks to infuse the flavour,” said Luke.

Made up of entirely natural ingredients, the Mixed Berry Vodka, Passionfruit Vodka, Cucumber, Mint and Lime are all light and beautifully sweet options, all perfect for cocktail-shaking activities.

The fruit range is the couples favourite out of their entire collection, making it a must-try!

“Personally, I just love the Mango Vodka, Passionfruit Vodka and Raspberry Vodka! And for most of our vodka range you simply just need to add lemonade,” Kim reveals.

Other recommendations included mixing in dry sparkling Rose to the Distillery’s Mixed Berry Vodka to relish a Berry spritzer that is tantalisingly sweet. Or adding lime wedges and sparkling water to create a refreshing Passionfruit seltzer!

We’re feeling a bit thirsty already! How about you?

The Newy team is always playing with different ideas for new flavours. Kimberly works with a bunch of volunteers to taste-test all her flavoursome ideas.

“Most of them come from myself and our amazing team, then it’s Luke and the team’s job on working out how to make it just right,” she explained.

If you thought it couldn’t get any better, wait till you hear about the mouth-watering fairy floss vodka flavours. Yes, you read that correctly, fairy floss.

“We teamed up with the largest fairy floss manufacturer in Australia to get from their raw flavour they use in the fairy floss they make.

“We’ve got Raspberry, Bubble gum, Grape, Banana and Lime. They all taste amazing!” Kimberly adds.

All of Newy’s creations are vegan, gluten-free and low in sugar, making them the perfect addition to any cocktail.

“The raw flavouring is simply kiln dried fruit that they have grounded down to a fine powder before mixing it with sugar to then create fairy floss.

“Our use of raw flavour products before they are mixed with tons of sugar, means you can drink our vodka without any guilt.

“We get to bottle the amazing fairy floss flavours without the sugar!”

The award-winning Signature Gin is a standout product for Newy’s Distillery – taking out this year’s bronze medal award winner at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and a silver award at the Winestate 2020 White Spirits Award.

“When making this one we vapour infuse 16 different botanicals, mainly sourced locally where we can, into the alcohol to give it the fresh burst of flavour,” says Luke.

When it comes to mixers, Kimberly’s favourite is the Fever Tree Indian Tonic, explaining “it brings out the amazing flavours in the botanicals.”

The specially-crafted recipe provides your tastebuds with a delicious sensation of several ingredients, proposing itself as a complex yet delicious gin. These gins are best enjoyed when mixed with tonic or as a mixer in a cocktail.

The secret shimmer recipe is another product that has been capturing the keen eye of customers nationwide. In the past year, Newy’s shimmering range of vodka and gin rapidly rose to fame due to its uniqueness, promising to add a little sparkle to your cocktail – literally. Flavours like Sky Blue Vodka, Butterfly Pea, Ocean Blue and Turquoise Blue have all been craftily coloured to give a truly mesmerising appearance.

“That was my idea,” Kim shares.

“It all started when my husband decided we would start the distillery and the only way he would get me on board is if he let me create a bunch of unique flavours and colourful products. He didn’t expect them to take off the way they did.”

The distillery also possesses a number of other liqueurs including Berry Pink Gin, Passionfruit Gin, the famous Italian Limoncello, Caramel Vodka and so much more. We would honestly down the whole range if we could!

Despite the business being quite young, the distillery’s commitment and dedication to producing the finest standard of products has allowed them to form an incredibly strong foundation of loyal customers.

“It all comes down to making really good quality products and an experience that people love,” says Kimberly.

“One of the best feelings is having people send us photos of their collections or telling us stories of how they amazed all their friends buy our awesome products!”

The uniqueness of these products has made them party favourite, with every person left in awe by not only the appearance but also the quality and exceptional taste, resulting in a slew of new customers each and every time.

“We are also a family-owned business, people love getting behind and supporting a local Australian-made product.”

The distillery has also recently begun working on whiskey, rum and a whole range of new amazing flavours.

“Our whisky and rum are being aged in barrels and we’re keeping them for a good 5-7 years before cracking and bottling those barrels, hence why we are only selling gin and vodka for now,” explained Luke.

The whisky is set to be ready for tasting in 2025, so keep your eyes peeled because you can bet they’ll be something different.

The Distillery’s entire range of exciting products can be purchased online! The range tends to sell out quick, so we’d head to the checkout ASAP!

Check out Newy Distillery’s Instagram and Facebook to view their tantalising range.