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Tasmanian Whisky
Tasmania country

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson And Roger McShane
Address: Tasmania
Country: Australia

Tasmanian Whisky - using clean, cool Tasmanian waters and quality local barley as a base, Tasmania's small but vibrant whisky industry is maturing nicely. There are several small and medium-scale whisky distilleries in the state and export customers include Scotland.
One of the places to seek out is Lark Distillery. The pioneer of the whisky resurgence is Bill Lark who made his first whisky in 1992. They are now selling a range of excellent whisky products. It is kept for three years before being released and, if you are lucky, you can buy it in one of the distinctive 500ml or 150ml bottles. Also, look for the distinctively labelled bottles of Tasmanian Bush Liqueur which is made with native mountain pepper berry. If you enjoy chartreuse, you're sure to enjoy this. It's at 14 Davey Street, Hobart just near Constitution Dock (Tel: +61 3 6231 9088). At the distillery, you can also taste Lyn Lark's apple schnapps.
There is also another good triple-distilled whisky made by The Small Concern Whisky Distillery called Cradle Mountain Single Malt Whisky. Made from pure water from the rugged mountains and Franklin barley grown in the north of the state, the triple-distilled single malt is mild yet has a lingering flavour that is somewhat reminiscent of the lighter highland malts of Scotland. Small Concern can be contacted at P.O Box 14, Ulverstone, 7315, and telephone (Tel: +61 3 6425 7337).
Hellyers Road Distillery is situated in Burnie on Tasmania's North-West Coast and is wholly-owned by the Betta Milk Cooperative - one of Tasmania's largest milk producers which is owned by a collective of Tasmanian farmers. Their products include the popular Hellyers Road Single Malt Whisky and a version of the same whisky which is aged in Pinot Noir casks. They can be found at 153 Old Surrey Road, Burnie (Tel: +61 3 64330439) and their visitor centre is open every day except for public holidays.
Nant Distilling Company is making whisky at their restored building near Bothwell in central Tasmania. The whisky is made with Tasmanian barley and the water comes from the Clyde River and matured in either French or American Oak barrels - sometimes ones that have been used for the production of Port. The distillery at Bothwell (254 Nant Lane, Bothwell, Tel: +61 3 6259 5790) is well worth a visit, but if you don't have the time to drive out there you can drop into their convenient bar in Salamanca Square to sample their offerings.
Sullivan's Cove Whisky was established in 1994 and later when it changed hands really began to make a mark on the trade. The front man is Patrick Maguire who leads a team of dedicated professional who turn out offerings such as the Double Cask Single Malt Whisky which is matured in both American and French Oak. There distillery is at 1/14 Lamb Place in Cambridge near Hobart Airport (Tel: +61 3 6248 5399).
There are a few other smaller distilleries emerging who we will keep an eye on over the next few years.

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