Small batch, handcrafted
Animus Distillery was founded in 2015, by four friends with a shared passion for producing world-class spirits. Initially starting in our Fitzroy North garage, we quickly outgrew this space and expanded to a larger rural property in Central Victoria.
Capturing the soul of the freshest botanicals for our gin is central to our production philosophy. We use the highest grade of 100% Australian grain spirit, triple filtered using our custom gravity-fed carbon filter system, to provide the cleanest base for our distillation.
We grow many of the botanicals on our property, and use a 100% vapour pressed production approach with a custom-made 50L copper column still. Our gins are produced in small batches, where our botanical baskets are changed after every few litres, to extract the freshest, richest flavours of Australian native and international ingredients. Whilst labour intensive, this approach allows us to continually balance our artisan gins with the sensibility of a fine chef.
Our gins are tasted throughout the production process to ensure each batch displays exquisite balance and intensity. Our gins are released at 50% alcohol, to best express the richness and complexity of our ingredients.
Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy. All of our used botanicals are reutilised to provide fertilizer for growing our next generation of botanicals. Pure filtered rainwater from our estate is used to make our gins. All of our packaging is made from recycled and sustainable sources. Our business ethos is to minimise our footprint through cascading resource utilisation. We aim to constantly improve the efficiency of our energy utilisation, wherever possible upgrading our energy infrastructure to renewable sources.