Australian whisky

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Australian whisky
Type Single malt whisky
Country of origin Australia

Australian whisky is whisky produced in Australia. As of 2012, there were 18 licensed whisky distillers in the country, all of them opened since 1992.[1]

Australia's largest concentration of whisky distilleries is found on the island state of Tasmania.[1] These distilleries are better known in other parts of the world than in their own country.[2] All of them are very small producers.[3]

As of 2014, there were nine separate whisky distilleries in Tasmania, with three more due to open by the following year.[4] The best known distilleries in Tasmania are Lark, Sullivans Cove, Nant and Overeem.[5] Lark, founded in 1992, is the oldest distillery in the state,[6] and Sullivans Cove, established in 1994, is the second oldest.[7]

Most Tasmanian whisky distillers use malt obtained from one of the local brewers, either Cascade, the oldest continually operating brewer in Australia, or newer craft brewers Moo Brew.

In 2014, Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask (named after Sullivans Cove) was given the World Whiskies Award for the world's best single malt whisky.[2] It was the first time a distillery outside Scotland or Japan had won the award.[8][9]

Other Australian whisky distillers include the Great Southern Distilling Company, which produces Limeburners single malt in Albany, Western Australia,[1][10] Wild Swan Distilling Company in Henley Brook, Western Australia, Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth, Western Australia, Starward in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne,[11] and Timboon Railway Shed Distillery in Timboon, in southwest Victoria.[1] The Most recent established distillery is Wild River Mountain Distillery situated on the Atherton Tablelands in a small town called Wondecla. They are producing small batch premium Australian spirits focusing on the benefits of aging at high elevation (2850 ft above sea level). They also are growing the only wine grapes in North Queensland.

Australian whisky distilleries[edit]

The following is a list of whisky distilleries in Australia.

Name Locality State Est. Notes
Animus Distillery Kyneton Victoria 2016
Bakery Hill Distillery Bayswater Victoria 1999
Baldwin Distilling Company Mitchell Australian Capital Territory 2015
Bellgrove Distillery Kempton Tasmania 2008 The only rye distillery in Australia
Cradle Mountain Whisky Launceston Tasmania 1989 The first commercial whisky producer in Tasmania. Formerly known as the Darwin Distiller 1989; Franklin Distillery 1991, and The Small Concern Whisky Distillery 1994.
Great Southern Distilling Company Albany Western Australia 2004 Producer of Limeburner whisky
Hellyers Road Distillery Burnie Tasmania 2006
Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery West Perth Western Australia 2015 Hippocampus Gin received a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition[citation needed]
Joadja Distillery Joadja New South Wales 2014 Southern Highlands of New South Wales
Lark Distillery Hobart Tasmania 1992
McHenry Distillery Port Arthur Tasmania Producer of Three Capes whisky
McLaren Vale Distillery McLaren Vale South Australia 2016
Nant Distilling Company Bothwell Tasmania 2004
New World Whisky Distillery Port Melbourne Victoria 2009 Producers of Starward whisky
Old Hobart Distillery Hobart Tasmania 2007 Producer of Overeem whisky
Old Young's Distillery Henley Brook Western Australia 2006 Formerly known as the Wild Swan Distilling Company.
Sullivans Cove Cambridge Tasmania 1994
Timboon Railway Shed Distillery Timboon Victoria 2007
Whipper Snapper Distillery East Perth Western Australia 2014
Wild River Mountain Distillery Wondecla Queeensland 2017 Small batch hand crafted Australian whiskies and gins. Australia's most northern Vineyard

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  1. ^ a b c d McGoram, Simon (13 July 2012). "The Australian Whisky Trail". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Colquhoun, Steve (21 March 2014). "Tassie whisky named world's best single malt". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Quigley, JT (3 April 2014). "The World's Best Single Malt Scotch Is…Tasmanian?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Hiscock, Geoff (10 March 2014). "Apple Isle's whisky makes a splash internationally". The Australian. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Courtney, Pip (8 July 2013). "Tasmanian whisky given high praise by critic Jim Murray". ABC News. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Boothroyd, Aiofe (17 October 2013). "Working with whisky: Q&A with Sullivans Cove". Hospitality Magazine (Australia). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Frost, Vicky (2 April 2014). "Tasmania's latest export: the best whisky in the world". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ McLaughlin, Martyn; Smith, Claire (30 March 2014). "Best whisky in the world award goes to ...Tasmania". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Roskrow, Dominic (February 2013). "Limeburners whisky". World Whisky Review. Connosr Ltd. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Crossley, Lee (23 September 2014). "Australian whisky takes on the world". Good Food. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 

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