The happenings, news, events, the goss, the whisperings, the events too good to miss - here's what's going on in Tasmanian Whisky.

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Hellyers Road at Whisky Live in Paris

October 2, 2014

Master Distiller, Mark Littler has just completed another very successful foray to Whisky Live in Paris. Our single malts were, once again, very warmly

received by the hundreds of Parisians who ventured forth for a taste of the superb whisky from Downunder. Thanks to our European distributors and supporters – La Maison du Whisky, for putting on the event and helping to get our product into 21countries throughout Europe. Viva la France! Click to see photos [Facebook]

Flavours of Tasmania Event at Parliament House

October 2, 2014

Some photos from the Flavours of Tasmania event, held in Canberra at the Great Hall at Parliament House

A great representation of Tassie whisky! Photos by Alex Moores IMG_3599 IMG_3594 IMG_3589 IMG_3584 IMG_3581 IMG_3579 IMG_3578 IMG_3577 IMG_3575

Trappers Hut at the Tas Craft Fair Deloraine

September 10, 2014

Trapper’s Hut will have a stall at the Tas Craft Fair at Deloraine again this year!

The Craft Fair is held on 31 Oct – 3 Nov. They will be there with their stall, providing free samples and bottle sales…

Steve Woodbury exhibition

August 25, 2014

Exciting abstract artist Steve Woodbury has opened a new exhibition at the McHenry Distillery Bond Store and Art Gallery.

Steve’s art is characterized by sweeping brush strokes and has a great affinity with the ink drawers and calligraphers of centuries ago. Steve art work has hung in Japan, New York, and Europe and forms an important part of many private collections. His art is now on show at Australia’s southern most distillery new art gallery bond store.

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William McHenry and Sons in Canberra

August 14, 2014

William McHenry and Sons will be in Canberra on October 1st for Senator Abetz’s Flavours of Tasmania.

Held in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra. They are are expecting approximately 500 guests, including the Prime Minister, Diplomats, Senators and Members, Staff of Parliament House and other invited guests.

Fancy an evening of Tasmania’s finest spirits?

August 4, 2014

Fancy an evening of Tasmania’s finest spirits?

TasTAFE’s Drysdale Institute is holding its 7th annual Isle of Spirits, a deliciously decadent evening of whisky, vodka and gin tastings.

This year, there’s even more reason to be excited – the event will feature seven unreleased drops from some of the state’s top spirit makers.

Don’t miss out though: there are limited numbers, and bookings are essential.

When: Wednesday 6 August.
Where: Drysdale Restaurant, 59 Collins Street, Hobart
How much: $50 all inclusive.
Bookings: 0467 167 385

Centre for whisky excellence to be established in Tasmania

July 23, 2014

Tasmanian whiskies have earned the highest praise around the world, but now a centre of whisky excellence is being established in the Derwent Valley to build on that reputation and take the industry to a higher level.

In a world-first project, distillers are hoping a high-tech, scientific approach can convert their “liquid gold” enterprise into a billion-dollar business.

The centre for excellence brings together Tasmania’s whisky industry and scientists from the University of Tasmania.

The effort will fine-tune how to grow the best barley for whisky, use real-time data to monitor growth and to refine the qualities that make Tasmanian whiskey so unique.

Distillers believe the project will be a game-changer.

“We can see that in the future, in the Derwent Valley, it can be a billion-dollar industry,” Redlands Estate distiller Peter Hope said.

“I know that sounds maybe far-fetched but it’s not.”

Mr Hope believes that barley, the key crop used in whisky making, will one day outstrip poppies as Tasmania’s richest crop.

“In Tasmania at the moment the most profitable crop you can grow is poppies,” he said.

“Well, in the system we’re talking about, barley will be the most profitable crop.”

The new project will see drones being used to survey the barley crop and spot disease.

Soil monitors will help distillers determine how best to balance moisture and temperature to get the best results.

The objective is to get the absolute best out of the all-important barley crop.

“The sustainable growing of what’s known as high-quality Tasmanian barley is very, very important for the future of our industry,” said Bill Lark of the Lark Distillery.

Researchers will also analyse the spirit to quantify what makes up a Tasmanian whisky’s taste.



Whisky at Farmers Market

July 23, 2014

It’s on again this Sunday!! Please share with your friends! Mid Winter Whisky this Sunday 27th July!!!

Mid Winter Whisky

this Sunday 27th July

5 fabulous Tassie whisky producers

Lark Distillery Heartwood Malt Whisky Belgrove Whisky William McHenry & Sons Trappers Hut

sample their wares

learn their unique story

entertainment by Craicpot 4 piece celtic/aussie rock band

Corner Elizabeth + Melville Sts
Hobart, Tasmania
(03) 6234 5625

Lark Distillery wins Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year!

July 15, 2014

Time to Lark Distillery to buy another trophy cabinet – last week the Tasmanian whiskymaker was awarded the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year.

And as the icing on the cake, it also won Small Business of the Year. Not bad for venture that started off in a typical suburban home in 1991.

It’s even more proof (as if you needed it) that Tasmanian whisky is taking on the world.

“The Scots have been making whisky for more than 500 years, the Japanese for 90, and Australia for 22.” Troy Trewin, Lark’s CEO, said in his acceptance speech, which you can watch here.

“Now the world’s hearing about the great whiskies we’re making here down in Tasmania.

“Lark is a testament to how an industry can grow when competitors don’t work against each other, but support each other.”

Now that’s something worth raising a glass to.            

#Selfie yourself for International Whisky Day.

March 28, 2014

There’s a day commemorating everything these days – so why should whisky be any different?

March 27 – which, yes, was technically yesterday in Australia, but the rest of the world is celebrating today – is International Whisky Day.

Launched in 2008 to honour Michael Jackson, the late and great whisky writer, International Whisky Day is also about raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

So, why not raise your favourite Tasmanian dram and join the rest of the world in celebrating what makes whisky – or whiskey to our American and Irish cousins – so special.

And if you’re feeling photogenic, post a picture of yourself on Twitter with #whiskydayselfie

Read all about it here.

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