Whisky expert Ken Bromfield says Australia’s young but vibrant whisky industry is winning fans around the world.
“Australia is in its initial stages of producing world-class whisky, except the cottage industry as it stands can be sold out of stock within days once the world is alerted to the quality,” Ken says. “The last few years has seen most stock of Australian whisky drained after a string of international awards across a number of brands.”
These are Ken’s top five Aussie whiskys to watch.
Cambridge, Tasmania, 6248 5399
This is the 2014 winner of the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky, judged blind by independent whisky writers around the world. Need we say more. It was the first time the award had been presented to a country other than Scotland or Japan. Their American Oak Cask Single Malt Whisky was not far behind it. Both are hard to source but the occasional release pops up on their website.
Larkin St, Essendon Fields, 9005 4420
A recently released new expression, adding a depth of flavour to the Starward Original. We think they are on a winner. Plentiful supply… at present.
Davey St, Hobart, 6231 9088
Australia’s first released single malt whisky, produced by the now internationally recognised man behind the name, Bill Lark. The whisky is aged in ex-Australian sherry and port casks.
Private distillery in Tasmania, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a few expressions from this very small producer. Bottles of Overeem Whisky are very difficult to find after winning multiple awards, so if you find a bottle for sale, do yourself a favour.
Old Surrey Rd, Burnie, Tasmania, 6433 0439
Here is a range to suit all tastes. Try a 12-year-old Original, Peated or Port Cask Finished Single Malt Whisky. Hellyers Road is Australia’s largest whisky distillery and so can be sourced fairly readily, for now.