While Australian Wines have been famous for their quality since the 1980s, Australian Whiskies have only really entered the world stage over the last few years. So, with World Whisky Day on this Saturday, we thought that we’d highlight some of our favourite, Australian Whiskies and distilleries. Whether you’re an avid whisky drinker, or you’re just looking for somewhere to visit on your next adventure; we’ve got you covered.
1. Lark Distillery – Hobart, TAS
With its sea-sprayed cliffs, peat marshes and green farms; Tasmania is often compared to Scotland – the historical home of whisky. So it’s no wonder that some of Australia’s best whiskies come from Tasmania. Bill Lark, the distillery’s founder, was actually hugely influential in bringing whisky culture back to Tasmania, and their cellar door offers whisky and cheese pairings that are sure to make your trip worthwhile.
2. Stone Pine Distillery - Bathurst, N.S.W
Stone Pine’s founders, Bev and Ian Glen, both studied whisky in Scotland before making their home in Bathurst, and the results show! However, it’s not just their whisky that you’ll want to experience; it’s the stunning distillery grounds. ‘Merembra’ is a gorgeous, 1840s homestead, set on an expansive farm, just outside of Bathurst, and that’s where you’ll find Bev and Ian tinkering away on their next whisky.
3. Limeburners – Albany, W.A
Eleven years ago, the team at Limeburners introduced Western Australia to their first ever, locally made single malt whisky. Nowadays, they have multiple locations around some of the trendiest parts of W.A, but if you want to see the birthplace of Western Australian single malt whisky, then you’ll want to head to their stunning distillery on the water’s edge at Albany.
5. Archie Rose – Sydney, N.S.W
When Archie Rose co-founder applied to Sydney Council to open a distillery in 2014, he said that “there was no one alive at the council who had dealt with a request for a distillery before.” Since then, however, a visit to Archie Rose has become one of Sydney’s must-do experiences. As they’re still quite new on the scene, their Whisky hasn’t had a chance to age yet, but you can sample their un-aged whiskies, which is quite a rare treat for whisky fans.
5. Sullivans Cove – Cambridge, TAS
In 2014, Sullivans Cove French Cask release was voted as the world’s best single malt whisky. Which is an incredible feat, especially when you consider that this was the first time a whisky from somewhere other than Scotland or Japan was awarded this honour. So if you do find yourself exploring Tasmania, make sure you pop by Sullivans Cove to sample one of the world’s best single malt whiskies