Aussie Whiskies: Part 1

The Australian Whisky scene is a healthy as it has ever been with a number of new players on the scene producing some amazing drams that are competing with the worlds best.

The likes of Sullivan's Cove success at show put the spotlight on Australia as whisky producing nation and since then we have seen the number of distilleries snowball and not just from the Apple Isle.

Spring Bay is one of the relative newcomers and has firmly made its present felt. Established in 2015 by Cam and Suzy Brett they have crafted fine Australian whisky through the application of time-honoured distilling and ageing techniques and focus on quality production at every step of the way.

Only 500 meters from the distillery is located on the pristine east coast and the coastal influence can be keenly felt in Spring Bay's drams. Producing several expressions, the distillery is often sold out struggling to keep up with demand and we understand why - understated, complex and classy whisky is the call of the day.

Old Kempton Distillery is located in Dysart House, Kempton, in an 1840's colonial inn. It is an easy 40 minute drive from Hobart and approximately 2 hours from Launceston. They produce an array of incredible whiskies with one of the most interesting cask ranges around. This is serious stuff and a Disneyland for whisky aficionados.

Situated on the waters edge in the river port of goolwa Fleurie Distillery proudly weathers the wild southern ocean of the Fleurieu Peninsula sitting In the lee of the mount lofty ranges. Here the whisky develops expressive maple and vanilla oak overtones mixed with spicy sea-air aromas. These elegantly combine to create a smooth bodied character that comes only from maturation on the southern coast.

These are always warm and inviting whiskies with a little grunt that put themselves out there in a big way. While the whisky making is serious the names like Signal to Noise and Elglish Man In New York, are a nod to the fact the this crew loves what it does and doesn't mind having a little fun.