Australian whisky

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Australian whisky
Starward Wine Cask Jack Hawkins.jpg
An example of Australian whisky
Country of originAustralia

Australian whisky is whisky produced in Australia. As at the end of 2017, there are more than 120 listed distilleries in Australia with 31 of these in Tasmania.[1][2]

Australia's largest concentration of whisky distilleries is found on the island state of Tasmania.[2] These distilleries are better known in other parts of the world than in their own country.[3] All of them are very small producers - in comparison to other parts of the world.[4]


In 2014, there were nine whisky distilleries in Tasmania, and since then a boom in distilling both within Tasmania and nationwide has seen the number of distilleries in Tasmania grow to 31[5] with more planned in coming years.[6] In 2014, Sullivans Cove Distillery's French Oak Cask (named after Sullivans Cove) was given the World Whiskies Award for the world's best single malt whisky.[3] It was the first time a distillery outside Scotland or Japan had won the award.[7][8]

Other well known distilleries in Tasmania are Lark, Nant, Hellyers Road, McHenry, Belgrove, and Overeem.[9] Lark, founded in 1992, is the oldest distillery in the state,[10] and Sullivans Cove, established in 1994, is the second oldest.[11]

Belgrove Distillery commenced production of mostly Rye Whisky in late 2010. All the grain used is grown on site, mostly rye but also oats, barley, wheat and spelt. Belgrove won Whisky Magazine ICONS OF WHISKY AUSTRALIA CRAFT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2019 as well as Jim Murray Whisky Bible Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the year 2019 [12]

In 2015, Launceston Distillery opened, the first traditional whisky producer to operate in Launceston in the last 180 years.[13] Launceston Distillery is distributed throughout mainland Australia by Alba Whisky.[14]

Other Australian whisky distillers include the Great Southern Distilling Company, which produces Limeburners single malt in Albany, Western Australia,[2][15] Wild Swan Distilling Company in Henley Brook, Western Australia, Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth, Western Australia, Starward in Port Melbourne [16], Loch Brewery & Distillery in Loch, and Timboon Railway Shed Distillery in Timboon, in southwest Victoria.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian distilleries map - plan your whisky trip around Australia". Whisky Academy. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d McGoram, Simon (13 July 2012). "The Australian Whisky Trail". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Colquhoun, Steve (21 March 2014). "Tassie whisky named world's best single malt". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  4. ^ Quigley, JT (3 April 2014). "The World's Best Single Malt Scotch Is…Tasmanian?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Finding the Best Tasmanian Whisky Distillery Itinerary". Whisky Academy. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ Morgans, Julian (20 May 2014). "An Island You've Never Heard of Is Making the Best Whiskey You've Never Tasted". Munchies. Vice Food LLC. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ Frost, Vicky (2 April 2014). "Tasmania's latest export: the best whisky in the world". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  8. ^ McLaughlin, Martyn; Smith, Claire (30 March 2014). "Best whisky in the world award goes to ...Tasmania". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  9. ^ Hiscock, Geoff (10 March 2014). "Apple Isle's whisky makes a splash internationally". The Australian. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  10. ^ Courtney, Pip (8 July 2013). "Tasmanian whisky given high praise by critic Jim Murray". ABC News. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  11. ^ Boothroyd, Aiofe (17 October 2013). "Working with whisky: Q&A with Sullivans Cove". Hospitality Magazine (Australia). Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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  13. ^ "Our Home - Launceston Distillery". Launceston Distillery. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Alba Whisky - Launceston Distillery". Alba Whisky. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  15. ^ Roskrow, Dominic (February 2013). "Limeburners whisky". World Whisky Review. Connosr Ltd. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  16. ^ Crossley, Lee (23 September 2014). "Australian whisky takes on the world". Good Food. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lloyd, Bernard (2017). Tasmanian Whisky: The Devil's Share. South Hobart: Tas Food Books. ISBN 9780646916552.

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