Stuart, an Olympic Yachtsman entered into the spirits industry in late 2000 after seeing a gap and the opportunity that there were no great rums of quality available in the Australian market place.
In 2001 he applied for the trademark for non use and was finally granted by the Australian Trade mark office after opposition by Bundaberg Rum Distilling Company (now Diageo). In 2002 he relaunched an Australian iconic Rum brand named Inner Circle. His products went on to winning the IWSC Trophy for Best Rum in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 among winning other international spirits competitions.
In 2008, Stuart formed the Holey Dollar Rum distilling Company, and went back to grass roots and became a blender of fine rum that took out the highest honour by winning 3 Gold Medals and “Best in class”, The IWSC Trophy for Best Rum and International Distiller of the Year in the 2009 IWSC. In 2010, Holey Dollar Rum won another Gold Medal and” Best in Class “in 2010 together with being shortlisted for Spirit Producer of the Year (Asia pacific) at the IWSC. Stuart frequents and the original distillery to ensure quality control of the Pot Still rums he produces under the new label and has been an International rum judge since 2003 and has been on the panel of judges at the IWSC two years in a row.