Australian whisky

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Australian whisky
Type Single malt whisky
Country of origin Australia

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]

Australian whisky distilleries[edit]

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] Part of the success of the industry can be attributed to the quality of the product coming from the small Island State and the fact that 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, 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]

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. Tasmania has become a destination for distillery tourism and coupled with the State's stunning wilderness, cool climate and ideal distilling conditions, it is likely to witness further growth.

Other Australian whisky distillers include the Great Southern Distilling Company, which produces Limeburners single malt in Albany, Western Australia,[2][12] Wild Swan Distilling Company in Henley Brook, Western Australia, Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth, Western Australia, Starward in Port Melbourne [13] and Timboon Railway Shed Distillery in Timboon, in southwest Victoria.[2] A further list can be obtained


The following is a list of whisky distilleries in Australia[14] or see further information

1. Hellyers Road Distillery,  Burnie
2.   Southern Wild Distillery, Devonport
3.   Wilmot Hills Distillery, Wilmot
4.   Fannys Bay Distillery,  Fannys Bay
5.   Corra Linn Distillery,  Launceston
6.   Launceston Distillery, Prospect
7.   Adams Distillery, Longford
8.   Ironhouse Brewery and Distillery,
9.   Nant Distillery, Bothwell
10. Belgrove Distillery, Kempton
11. Redlands Distillery, Kempton
12. Shene Estate Distillery, Pontville
13. Sullivan’s Cove Distillery, Cambridge
14. Lark Distillery, Cambridge*
15. Devils Distillery, Moonah
16. Heartwood Whisky, Hobart
17. Deviant Distillery, Hobart
18. Overeem Distillery, Kingston
19. Hartshorn Distillery, Birchs Bay
20. Nonesuch Distillery, Dodges Ferry
21. Spring Bay Distillery, Orford
22. McHenry Distillery, Port Arthur
23. Trappers Hut Whisky, Bruny Island
24. Charles Oates Distilling, Huonville
25. Hellfire Distillery, Marion Bay
26. Killara Distillery
27. Abel Gin
28. 7K Distillery
29. Bakehouse Distillery
30. Sud Polaire
1. Starward Distillery,Port Melbourne
2. Four Pillars, Healesville
3. Bass and Flinders, Red Hill
4. Bellarine Distillery, Drysdale
5. Dusty Barrel Dsitillery, Macclesfield
6. Hurdle Creek Still, Bobinawarrah
7. Jacks Springs Distillery, Macedon Rnges
8. Jimmy Rum, Mount Eliza
9. Kilderkin Distillery, Ballarat
10. Loch Brewery/Distillery, Loch
11. Of All The Gin Joints, E. Bentleigh
12. Rockwood Brewing/Distilling, Yarraville 
13. Terra Australis Distilling, Daylesford
14. Melbourne Gin Company, Gembrook
15. 13th Duke Distilling, Brunswick
1. Adelaide Hills Distillery, North Adelaide
2. Applewood Distillery, Gumeracha
3. Fleurieu Distillery, Goolwa
4. Never Never Distilling Co, Royal Park
5. Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, Marananga
6. St Agnes Distillery, Renmark
7. Tin Shed Distilling Company, Welland
8. Kangaroo Island Spirits, Cygnet River
9. McLaren Vale Distillery, McLaren Vale
10. Barossa Distilling Co, Nuriootpa
11. 23rd Street Distillery, Renmark
1.  Archie Rose Distillery, Rosebery
2. Black Gate Distillery, Mendooran
3. Cape Byron Distillery, McLeods Shoot
4. Carrington Lane Distilling Co, Petersham
5. Distillery Botanica, Erina
6. Dobson’s Distillery, Kentucky
7. Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum
8. Manly Spirits Co, Brookvale
9. Snowy Mountains Distillery, Tumut
10. Joadja Distillery, Joadja
11. Tara Distillery
12. Craft Works Whisky Co, Hurlstone Park
13. The Riverbourne Distillery , Jingera
14. Thredbo Valley Distillery, Jindabyne
15. Hunter Distillery, Pokolbin
1. Castle Glen, Thulimbah
2. Distillery King, Burleigh Heads
3. Mt Uncle Distillery , Walkamin
4. 1770 Distillery, Agnes Water
5. Tamborine Mountain Distillery
6. Beenleigh Artisan Distillers, Eagleby
7. Wild River Mountain Distillery, Wondecla
1. Baldwin Distilling, Mitchell
2. Big River Distilling Co, Canberra
3. The Canberra Distillery, Kaleen
1. Geographe Distillery, Myalup
2. Great Southern Distilling Co, Albany
3. High Spirits Distillery, Welshpool
4. Hoochery Distillery, Kununurra
5. Great Northern Distillery, Middle Swan
6. Margaret River Distilling, Margaret River
7. Old Young’s Distillery, Henley Brook
8. The Grove Distillery, Wilyabrup
9. The Murray Hotel, West Perth
10. Tailor Made Spirits Co, North Jindong
11. Whipper Snapper Distillery, East Perth
12. Hippocampus Distillery, West Perth

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian distilleries map - plan your whisky trip around Australia". Whisky Academy. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  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. 2018-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  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). Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Roskrow, Dominic (February 2013). "Limeburners whisky". World Whisky Review. Connosr Ltd. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Crossley, Lee (23 September 2014). "Australian whisky takes on the world". Good Food. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Australian distilleries map - plan your whisky trip around Australia". Whisky Academy. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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