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Tas Whisky Week

June 20, 2016

Tas Whisky Week has kicked off!!!

Tas Whisky Week

The inaugural Tasmanian Whisky Week takes place from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 31, 2016, with industry events being held across 9 days in Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels.

Tasmanian distilleries are opening their doors to host behind-the-scenes public tours to meet the distillers in person, provide access to unreleased whiskies, and offer dining opportunities to showcase their award winning products.

Be sure to book early, as there are limited tickets available!

For more information head over to their facebook page, or website

and don’t forget to drop by the Tas Whisky Trail facebook page for more events: https://www.facebook.com/taswhiskytrail/



McHenry Whisky Launch!

April 15, 2016

The official launch of the McHenry Whisky has been announced:

McHenry Whisky When: Wednesday 18th May Where: Brooke St Pier. Time: 6.00PM till 8.00PM Tickets $60 includes canapés, wine, beer and Whisky. 40 tickets only. Silent auction for small number of bottles on the night. RSVP to contact@mchenrydistillery.com.au @WMHSDistillery

Bill Lark’s Hall Of Fame Limited Release Whisky

October 25, 2015

The Limited Release Whisky we have all been waiting for is now available on the Lark Distillery website.
In March 2015 Bill Lark was inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame.

The Whisky Hall of Fame is a permanent tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the world of whisky. Known internationally as “the Godfather of Australian Whisky”, Bill Lark was the seventh person outside of Scotland or Ireland to be inducted, and the first distiller in the southern hemisphere to be recognised.

For this particular release, Bill hand-selected a 200 litre Heaven Hill Bourbon cask from Kentucky filled with Lark single malt and chose to finish it in a 90 year old Seppeltsfield Para Port Cask. He decided to bottle this straight from the barrel, unfiltered, at natural cask strength.

With only 220 bottles available, this collector’s edition whisky, like Bill Lark, is one of a kind.


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September 3, 2015

At $10,000 Tasmania’s leading whisky distillery, Sullivans Cove, has created the most expensive bottle of Tasmanian whisky to date.

Made from extremely rare French oak single malt from the distillery’s top awarded casks including French Oak HH0525 – the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky, French Oak HH0390 – the Best Australian Single Malt 2015 and French Oak HH0509 – 96.5/100 Jim Murray’s Whiksy Bible 2013, the Sullivans Cove Manifesto gives connoisseurs the opportunity to own a piece of whisky history.

Limited to only two bottles, the Sullivans Cove Manifesto decanters were hand made by Tasmanian glass sculptors Anne Clifton and Peter Bowles and each 6kg decanter comes with its own specially blown glass “spirit thief”, a hand moulded “travel” stopper made from rare Tasmanian Huon pine and Portuguese cork and a matching glass stopper for everyday use.

The decanters are housed in hand made Huon pine cases lined with doeskin. Speaking from the distillery in Cambridge, malt master Bert Cason said, “Sullivans Cove and Tasmanian whisky in general have come a very long way and we wanted to create something really special that captures this. Using whisky from our top awarded casks plus some of our finest unreleased casks, we’ve created a malt that stands head and shoulders above the rest and promises the connoisseur the treat of a lifetime, not to mention a slice of whisky history.”

One decanter is available from the distillery cellar door or online at www.sullivanscovewhisky.com, while the other is available from Dan Murphy’s Double Bay.



TasWhisky Trail on Facebook

June 25, 2015

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Redlands Glencairn Glasses

May 18, 2015

Glencairn crystal glasses are now available at the Redlands cellar door!


Tasmania’s whisky wizards win big.

January 23, 2015

Charge your glasses to Heartwood Distillery – the Tasmanian whiskymaker has just won the Wizards of Whisky 2015 Independent Bottler of the Year award.

Even more impressive is that Heartwood’s the first non-British distillery to win the award.

The Wizards of Whisky gong is just one of the awards that Heartwood Distillery and its owner, Tim Duckett, have picked up over the last year.

Also turning heads (and impressing palates) overseas is Sullivans Cove. Its American Oak Cask single malt earned a 95.5/100 rating from Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible – that’s the highest score even given to an Australian whisky.

McHenry Distillery will have a gin cocktail bar at this years Taste Festival

December 18, 2014

McHenry Distillery will have a gin cocktail bar at this years Taste Festival, and for some

fun are calling it The Bathtub Gin Company – get along and try some fantastic gin!

New exhibition at the Mchenry Distillery bond store

December 18, 2014

McHenry Distillery will be hosting a photographic exhibition at their bond store commemorating the first anniversary of the Dunalley & Tasman Peninsula Bushfires in January 2013

Out of the Ashes Exhibition: “The final Chapter Parts 1 & 2

This beautiful and powerful exhibition began as a small creative health initiative but has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings, morphing and flourishing into a stunning collection of more than one hundred works that include photographic images, paintings, drawings (including drawings by children evacuated at Port Arthur Historic Site), sculptural and glass works, jewellery, storyboards, an audio montage of interviews especially created for the exhibition by Sea Fm and a hauntingly beautiful book by nationally renowned and award-winning artist Gay Hawkes called “Time and Chance – A Story of the Fires”.


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Hellyers Road makes Chinese & French connections

December 18, 2014

Tasmanian whisky was recently profiled extensively to national and international audiences as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Hobart.

Three of the State’s best known single malt distilleries were selected for inclusion on major event menus relating to President Xi’s visit, foremost of which was the inclusion of Hellyers Road Distillery’s Peated varietal on the Government House menu for Tuesday’s Presidential luncheon.

The Government House menu, dominated by top quality Tasmanian produce, was heavily scrutinised by millions of Chinese people courtesy of blogs and websites administered by visiting Chinese Media. A bottle of Hellyers Road 12 Year was also one of three official gifts given to the President on behalf of the people of Tasmania.

According to Hellyers Road general manager, Mark Littler his distillery was very excited with the prospects that may emanate from such valuable exposure. “We are already in detailed export discussions with the Chinese so we are hopeful this coverage will add further impetus to our export negotiations”, he said.

Not content with a busy week of Chinese events and deliberations, Mark Littler flew to Canberra for a Prime-ministerial luncheon in honour of the French President, Francois Hollande. Hellyers Road Distillery has strong ties with France through major European liquor wholesalers, La Maison du Whisky.

Mark joined many Australian dignitaries, politicians, business and community leaders including former Governor General, Quentin Bryce and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans to celebrate Australia’s ties with France. He was fortunate enough to be granted an audience with President Hollande and our own Prime minister, Tony Abbott.

“It was a great thrill for me to meet such high-powered people and talk to them about our single malt whisky. President Hollande seemed genuinely interested in the growth of the Tasmanian Industry and was particularly impressed with Hellyers Road’s relationship with France, through La Maison du Whisky. The whole occasion was very exciting and quite humbling”, he concluded.

While in Canberra, Mr. Littler also met with the U.S Ambassador to Australia. The U.S. Embassy is a strong supporter of Hellyers Road Distillery and serves its single malts each year at American Independence Day Celebrations held in Canberra.

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Hellyers Road’s Mark Littler talks ‘whisky’ with
President Hollande and Prime minister Tony Abbott
in Canberra last month

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