Grumpy Fish Distillery began in the best of ways - two friends experimenting with creating a high quality small-batch gin from carefully selected ingredients. At Grumpy Fish, we maintain absolute control over the crafting of our product from start to finish. We are one of the few craft gin distilleries to create our own base spirit. We then thoughtfully hand-select botanicals and distil the spirit slowly in small batches, to time-honoured traditions - resulting in an impeccably well-balanced, bespoke drink.
Paul Conti Wines
Grumpy Fish Distillery operates from Paul Conti Wines - a third generation family business in Woodvale, north of Perth. This exciting partnership stems from a shared commitment to quality product and time-honoured techniques and traditions. High-quality open-fermented fruit at Paul Conti Wines forms part of Grumpy Fish Gin, making for an exceptional combination.
Not all fruit will make a great wine; luckily for us, the fruit that would otherwise go to waste at Paul Conti Wines makes for an excellent spirit base. Grumpy Fish Distillery contributes to reduce the wastage involved in winemaking. So not only will you get a beautifully finished drink - you’ll get a sustainable one too.
We use a column still and a carter head still, which purifies the alcohol and then passes the vapour through a basket containing botanicals.
We don’t steep or macerate botanicals as we believe the carter head process leads to a softer, more sophisticated spirit. The distillation process divides alcohol into its constituent parts, or fractions. The distiller’s art is about discerning where to make “cuts” - what to keep and what to discard. We only use the best of the hearts cut in our product. This lowers our yield and increases cost. However, our mantra is to never compromise on quality. Grumpy Fish Gin is a fragrant, well-balanced gin that starts strongly with juniper, and rounds out to finish with hints of lavender and geranium. Perfect with tonic and refreshing citrus, or cucumber over ice. To try Grumpy Fish Gin for yourself, head to our store or one of our exclusive stockists.