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Husk – great rums and gins, from the paddock to bottle

Paul Messenger and Mandy Perkins – Husk is a family business, including the fur baby, Tilly.

A writer and an exploration geologist with a PhD in earth science have found that they have what it takes to make great rums and gins.

Founded by husband and wife team, Paul Messenger and Mandy Perkins, Husk Farm Distillery in Tumbulgum boasts paddock-to-bottle spirits and unique flavours.

A family affair, Harriet, Claudia, Mandy, Paul, Edwina and their pooch Tilly.

The couple purchased Husk Farm in 2012 to make rum – the Tweed was the perfect place, as it’s a sugar cane growing region, and just 10 minutes from the beach. Mandy could have her farm animals and Paul could have his surf beaches! ‘Our farm is a 100-year-old farm, previously a dairy farm and small crop farm. Now it operates as a working farm distillery,’ say Paul and Mandy.

They both feel that work is a really exciting place to be – they have a fantastic team. ‘We are pioneering Australian Virgin Cane Rum and we hope to change people’s perception of rum through sharing our innovative spirits, so there is lots of room for creativity.’

Paul and Mandy say that what many people love most about Husk is their Ink Gin. ‘People seem to love that stuff!’ they say, laughing. ‘I think people also engage with the story and the journey we’ve been on over the last eight years,’ adds Paul.

Like every hospitality business, Husk’s cellar door was affected by the lockdown. ‘We pivoted to sanitise and redeployed our cellar door team to the bottling line in the early days of the lockdown, but now we’re plugging along as normally as we possibly can – while wearing masks!

Mandy and Paul: ‘People seem to love that stuff!’

‘We’re also getting creative with some value-added products using spent gin and rum botanicals, and native plants from around our property. We also used the quiet time to build several kitchen and cocktail gardens, so a lot of our food and garnishes from the cellar door are now coming from our own farm,’ explains Mandy.

Husk has just released their 100th batch of Ink Gin, and they’ve marked the occasion with a special label – they are running a digital cocktail competition to celebrate. First prize is $1000 and 100 gin cocktails. Head to www.inkgin.com for more information and to enter.

They also have several new and exciting products in the pipeline for the next two years.

The Husk cellar door is open from Wednesday to Sunday and they have sunset sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information, visit the Husk website:
www.huskdistillers.com.


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