WHO ARE WE?
You can usually find Tyler hiding away in the garage, tinkering, building or planning something. This is the way he’s always been. His early days on his family's semi-rural property outside of Hobart developed and crafted a strong passion for working with his hands—there wasn't a lot to do out in the sticks as a young boy!
Continuing to develop his interest in building and creating, Tyler went on to begin a dual trade apprenticeship in electrical and instrumentation, working in various locations across Australia. Working in locations all across the country gave Tyler the means to start collecting Australian whisky, another passion that he has nurtured from a young age. This eventually led on to broadening his collection and acquiring spirits from all over the world. From here, the dream of beginning his own distillery started to grow.
His interest in the latest innovations around recycling cargo containers was a major factor in the distillery’s unique design, a compact and sustainable model that proves its worth. The still itself was built with another of his passions in mind—that of process automation, which for 7K means the integrated use of technology to automate certain features of the distilling process.
Now, still overly passionate about using his hands to build and create, Tyler is always making modifications, add-ons and new systems to build upon the distillery's advanced system.
Harry has always had an affinity with nature. In his youth he spent hours on end in his neighbour’s huge tropical fruit garden in Far North Queensland, leading him to develop a passion for plants, especially the edible varieties. Nothing was off the cards—from tropical fruits to exotic spices and seaweed, everything was submitted to the taste test!
After school, he worked as a cocktail bartender at two island resorts based on the Great Barrier Reef. He spent years learning the craft and flavour profiles of spirits and liqueurs, and how to create the perfect blend. After winning an award for Queensland's best cocktail, it was time to venture further afield.
It was in 2014 that Harry made the long journey down to build a life in the south. While working at some of Tasmania's best tourism destinations, he continued chasing his passion for food, alcohol, and nature, eventually studying plant science at the University of Tasmania. It was at this point that his interest in craft Tasmanian spirits joined the party. Gin, whisky, and liqueurs caught his attention, and he knew he needed to become a part of this rapidly growing industry.
His interest grew even stronger after he assisted with the opening of a distillery in the north of the state, which led to making the move back down to Hobart, meeting Tyler, and coming on board with 7K Distillery.