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Jane Holcombe

We put a call-out to the women in Australian distilling to give us an insight into who they are, and why they chose this industry, here’s some of their responses!


JANE HOLCOMBE

Owner and Director at Holcombe Distillery, VIC

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?


1 to 3 years.


WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THE INDUSTRY?


"Distilling also allows me to combine my passions- for creativity, attention to detail, and love for experimentation.

I love the idea of creating something that brings joy and pleasure to people's lives, and the distilling industry provides the perfect platform for me to do just that."


YOUR MOST PROUD MOMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY?


"One of my proudest moments was receiving gold and silver medals at the spirit awards. As the judging process is independent blind tastings & judges having no knowledge of the brands or distillers. This recognition validated the quality and excellence of my gins. It was a humbling experience to know that my creations stood out among a pool of talented distillers and were appreciated by experts in the field."


WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN THE INDUSTRY?


"Distribution and Sales - securing distribution channels and establishing a strong sales network."


WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT AUSSIE CRAFT SPIRITS?


"Australian craft spirits are quite unique and diverse. Australian distillers are innovative and creative in their approach to crafting spirits and love to celebrate our country's distinctive ingredients."


WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?


"If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to embrace entrepreneurship earlier and not be afraid to take risks. Being an entrepreneur comes with its share of challenges and uncertainties, but it also opens up a world of opportunities and fulfillment."


WHAT IS YOUR PARTY TRICK?


"I love people and am genuinely interested in their stories, I enjoy a party and creating memorable experiences for others."


WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?


"In the spirits industry, there are several inspirational women: Helen Mulholland, Sophie Decobecq, Lynnette Marrero & Dr. Rachel Barrie. They all showed determination, expertise, and creativity. We need more though, so I hope one day I help inspire future generations of women in the industry too."


ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANT US TO KNOW?


"I’m a mother, I have 2 children and I work full-time in the corporate world while also building my own gin business. Juggling responsibilities and pursuing my passion simultaneously isn’t easy but I have a strong drive to succeed."


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