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SA’s first dedicated rum distillery, Mad Monkey, launch Caribbean Tiki tasting room

Adelaide’s first dedicated rum distillery, Mad Monkey Distillery, are launching their brand-new tasting room with a Caribbean Tiki twist.

Adelaide offers an impressive lineup for gin distilleries to which we are grateful for, but what we’re lacking here is something for the rum lovers. Cue Mad Monkey Distillery, Adelaide’s first dedicated rum distillery with a Caribbean, Tiki Surf themed fit-out.

Launching the brand in March 2020, Mad Monkey Distillery ferment and distill everything on site, including their three unique spirits and self-creations: Saccharum, Flora and Ubhal Bakte.

Mad Monkey’s barrel aged rum is currently maturing away in ex American Oak, ex Shiraz and ex Fortified Barrels, where they sit for a minimum of two years before legally being certified rum as per Australian rum law (who knew!?), with their first release coming in 2022.

Not only does the distillery boast a fragrant and delicious selection of rum, they also have a tasting room on the premises so you can experience the brilliant creations of this unique Adelaide distillery.

Inside the vibrant tasting room launching this weekend, is also a viewing area which allows guests to look into Mad Monkey’s still house with their 500L Hybrid Still that the house spirits are brewed in.

If you’re already convinced by the specialised offerings and vibrantly colourful fit-out of Mad Monkey, here’s where it gets even better, because they also feature a large outdoor, grassed area perfect for lawn games – Finska is a must here – but also allows pets.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it really does keep getting better. To tie it all together in a perfectly brilliant way, the Dudley Park distillery also boasts an onsite orchard with lemons, limes, grapefruit, pears and oranges that are utilised in the infusion of the spirits as well as fresh garnishes to top them off.

With the launch of their tasting room this weekend, the space makes for the perfect day out with Mad Monkey tasting flights, cocktails, crafted mixed drinks, beers, wine and non-alcoholic options too. Food available includes gourmet toasties, dip plates and small bites to pair perfectly with your tastings.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything Mad Monkey do, and to achieve this have implemented a series of activations including:

  • 290 Solar Panels on the roof of the Distillery
  • Eco Friendly Packaging
  • Beginning to process of a closed water circuit system of the sill system to prevent water wastage.
  • Bulk supplying venues to combat single glass use
  • Local Beehive

The Caribbean themed distillery even has their own mascot, Fez, a monkey (of course) who adorns his very own ‘Fez Hat’ in artwork featured in the space.

The tasting room will be open at the following hours:

WED: 12-6pm
THUR: 12-6pm
FRI: 12-8pm
SAT: 12-8pm
SUN: 12-6pm

Mad Monkey Distillery is located at 6 La Salle St, Dudley Park SA 5008.

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