The Share Plate Guide to... Northern Tassie Whiskys
Tasmanian Whisky Week is right around the corner! The state's reputation is now commonplace in conversations around the world's best – but did you know the Northern end of the state has a collection of challengers to the South's crown?
This article is produced by Share Plate in partnership with Tourism Northern Tasmania. If you're curious about more places to Drink around the top end of Tassie, head to the TNT website to build your itinerary. As you browse, add local spots to the route and watch as the Tourism Northern Tasmania site builds your trip for you!
Adams Distillery, Perth
The two Adams behind Adams Distillery are on a fast-track to dominance in the Australian whisky scene, not just for their product, but for their experience as well. The cellar door Glen Ireh Estate in Perth (that's Perth in northern Tasmania - not WA) relaunched in December last year as a fully-fledged Visitor Centre complete with stylish bar, commercial kitchen, outdoor deck and function room. The core range are all single malts, recognisable by their long finish, with Port and Sherry Casks ensuring the maturation results in complex flavour.
- The Single Sherry Cask ($150): A sweet start that evolves into the typical long Adams finish with a hint of spice
Visit at 35 Drummond St, Perth.
Launceston Distillery (aka Hangar 17), Launceston
The first Launceston distillery to have a production licence since the Caledonian Distillery was shut down in 1839 (!), Launceston's namesake distillers are steeped in tradition. Located just south of the Launceston Airport terminal inside Hangar 17, the stylish experience is great inside the former aviation space. They make the most of Tasmania's hugely successful wine industry by using Apera (Sherry) and Tawny (Port) casks, imparting a flavour that sets the range apart.
- The Single Malt Apera Cask ($156): Using French Oak casks, there is depth and flavour in spades from this double distilled drop
Visit at Hangar 17, 287 Evandale Road, Western Junction.
Fannys Bay Distillery
Located on the rugged north coast at Tam O'Shanter, Fannys Bay owner --- initially started with a goal of six barrels per year in order to supply decent whisky to neighbours and friends. Becoming ever more popular, he built the distillery himself in order to satisfy the increased demand. Using captured rainwater that combines with the salt spray during the process, the result is a whisky of significant quality that really reflects the area from where it is made.
- The 62.5% Bourbon ($295): Sherry aged with a salty edge, is impossibly smooth
Open by appointment - get in touch with them for more information:
Corra Linn Distillery, Relbia
The farm where Corra Linn is distilled was established in 1828. As one of Australia's oldest working farms, there is already a sense of heritage - which is now represented by some of Tasmania's finest whisky. Making a point of using local ingredients, the barley used by Corra Linn is from Northern Tasmania, adding a unique touch to both the production process and the final product.
- You'll have to keep an eye out - these bottles are allocated and sold out almost immediately. Follow them below for updates:
Visit at 93 Correa Dr, Relbia.
Ironhouse Distillery, Ironhouse Point
Iron House is well known throughout Australia for their beer range, though brewer/distiller/all-round-handyman Michael Briggs has always been leaning towards whisky production. Their location on the Eastern Coast of Tasmania is a direct influence over production and ingredients, fitting nicely with Michael's self taught success. Due for release on July 26, the range of three single malts is finally ready to wow whisky lovers.
- We haven't had the pleasure yet - and are immensely keen to sample each!
Visit at 21554 Tasman Highway, Ironhouse Point.
See more of our favourites inside our Northern Tasmania issue, covering from Stanley in the northwest to the Bay of Fires in the east, through Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. We've jam packed 116 pages to bring you stories of our favourite eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Purchase here:
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