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When you think of the whisk(e)y producing regions of the world, Australia wouldn’t be at the top of everybody’s’ list. That said, Australia’s whisky producers are doing their best to change that. In particular, quality distilleries are popping up all over the island of Tasmania. The island has a rich history with distilling that was unfortunately hampered by a prohibition that lasted over 150 years. Since its repeal in the 1990’s many new Tasmanian distilleries have been making a name for themselves on the world stage. Probably most notably, Sullivan’s Cove has hauled in more awards for its whisky than most distillers could dream about. Furthermore, the demand for their highly awarded “French Oak” has seen the retail prices per bottle hit highs of $350AUD.
My own personal experience with Tasmanian whisky was not Sullivan’s Cove but in fact a beautiful cask strength sherry cask whisky, from the guys at the Old Hobart Distillery. The name of the distillery might not ring many bells but their whisky “Overeem” is certainly known in whisky communities around the world. Their whisky is of very good quality, produced in small batches and at cask strength. Casey Overeem (owner) has dedicated the company to making quality whisky with no additives or impurities. I recently even got to meet the guys from Old Hobart on their tour around Scotland and Ireland’s distilleries.
Although, Sullivan’s Cove and Overeem aren’t the only names in Tasmanian whisky to keep an eye out for.
Recently, family friends/roving whisk(e)y reporters David and Michele Fay checked out some of what the other distilleries around Tasmania had to offer. Thankfully for me (who has never set foot in Australia) they got to check out some of the behind the scenes action in the distilleries and sample some of the highly sought after nectar before reporting it all back to us here at Potstilled!
I think you’ll agree that the whiskies sampled by David and Michele sound fantastic and I would be over the moon to have the access to the places that these two somehow got into. Sadly for me and many other whisky enthusiasts in the world outside of Australia, we don’t get to see these bottles all too often! Furthermore, the bottles run in the hundreds so the average entry line! So a little out of my price range but hopefully will get to taste more of what Tasmania has to offer one of these days!