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Tasmanian whisky FTW!

Posted March 25, 2014 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

Has anyone tried this world beating drop from the Apple Isle?

Sullivans Cove beat out all comers at the World Whiskies Award last week, walking off with the big plastic drunken Sctosman statue for Best SIngle Malt.

I've long known of Tasmania's whisky industry. In fact a couple of years ago I was even gifted a boy's trip to Hobart by my good lady wife as a birthday present. Rolled in there with a couple of mates to sample the pub culture of Hobart, which is awesome, and to spend a day at the Lark Distillery, which was good, even great, but not awesome.

I missed Sullivan's Cove on that swing through the far southern reaches. Kind of wishing I'd laid in a few bottles. They've probably doubled in price overnight.

25 Responses to ‘Tasmanian whisky FTW!’

DarrenBloomfield mumbles...

Posted March 25, 2014

It's very good, but not quite as good as it's price tag (in my view). But as a Taswegian I feel duty bound to imbibe from time to time

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

Saw that award. Spouse keen for his next school reunion to rock around so he has an excuse to go back to Tassie to swill Scotch. And despite his lack of interest in twitter, he is asking for regular reports of FirstDogMoon's Tasmanian Whisky tour.

Boylan, you need to join twitter just so you can enjoy it.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

You're not the boss of me. I do what I want.

But I suppose you are correct. I would enjoy it.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted March 25, 2014

I find Twitter loud and confusing

Guru Bob has opinions thus...

Posted March 25, 2014

Same here...

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Lulu reckons...

Posted March 25, 2014

My Scottish grandmother is spinning in her grave, while clutching a bottle of Grouse.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 25, 2014

Flinthart was gifted a drop recently and rated it highly. I am partial to the lark's single malt cask strength drop.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

Black pudding and beer at Blunty and single malt whisky here. A great day. I shall investigate this Taswegian tipple. Repeatedly.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted March 25, 2014

As an Australian i always feel honour bound to drink only Aus whisky - but can't afford to part with the extra dosh.

I have also been following FirstDog's whisky bike tour. Laughed out loud when i saw they gave up on the first day and put their bikes on a car after a flat tyre!

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

Have only tried the Lark cask strength one, and I do like it.

I might be in Tassie briefly next month (taking Youngest Daughter to visit her grandmother) so will look out for it if I do get there.

I think I've got frak-all chance of finding it here in darkest Canberra.

Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

First Choice at the northern end of Mort Street in Civic stocks it - I got a bottle there as a birthday present for someone last year.

That said, I'm hearing stories of all available stocks vanishing off shop shelves and reappearing on Ebay, so I'll grant it might be a little trickier now.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

Haven't tried it. Want to try it. Will try it. One way or another.

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w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted March 25, 2014

Sullivans Cove’s French Oak Cask - a single cask whisky from barrel HH525, of which there only 516 bottles - was declared the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the prestigious World’s Best Whiskies Awards 2014 in London on Friday.

Sullivans Cove marketing manager Bert Cason told TheShout that the company, its distributors and retail outlets such as Dan Murphy’s had been inundated with sales enquiries since news of the award broke.

“Our website crashed on Friday. We sold $26,000 worth of whisky, we wouldn’t normally sell that in a year,” Cason said.

“Mainly we’ve been selling HH434, the last remaining stock of the French Oak Cask that won best Australian single malt at the same awards last year – people have been buying those by the case.”

“We’ve also sold the last bottle of HH509, which won 96.5 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. That sold for $1265, which would probably make it the most valuable bottle of Australian whisky ever sold.”

Cason said Sullivans Cove had just about sold out of most of its expressions but will be bottling more product in the next few weeks.

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Rob puts forth...

Posted March 25, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OVJZAwUBrX8 I have been to the distillary but I was drinking beer. Whiskey isn't my lullaby.

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted March 25, 2014

Firstdogonmoon just tweeted a picture from Sullivan's Cove.

Looks like they still have whisky, although it is reasonable to assume stocks will be depleted once the whisky tourers get back on their bikes.

http://instagram.com/p/l8h3YZFrxu/

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Quokka asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/cartoonists-kudelka-and-first-dog-hit-highway-for-hellyers-road-on-tasmanian-whisky-tour/story-fnj4f7k1-1226863504129

The Whisky Tour, for Prof. Boylan's benefit, and for future travel scheming.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Yep. I am so there. But you see, my wife is afraid of Tasmania. I'm not sure why.

Quokka asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Hmm. My spouse told her over dinner he was edjamacated there. He calls it 'Fart Island.'

Would that do it?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted March 25, 2014

"Please, God, not Fart Island!!" my wife screams.

No, that won't do it at all.

Guru Bob puts forth...

Posted March 25, 2014

Flinthart lives there, enough said...

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pi reckons...

Posted March 25, 2014

Love the drop. I've converted a few to it as well.

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Fran asserts...

Posted March 25, 2014

Sullivan's Cove is lovely, and I also have a soft spot for Lark/Overeem from Tassie.

Have you tried Nant? They have a dedicated bar to their whisky in Melbourne.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 25, 2014

It is at the top of my to do list for my next trip to Melbourne.

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Guru Bob puts forth...

Posted March 25, 2014

I have fond recollections of whiskey tasting at Lark Distillery one night, it may have included this one...

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JG asserts...

Posted March 30, 2014

All I remember of Tasmania are the dried apple core face sculptures in little glass bottles l - wizened old Noahs - apparently no longer sold on the tour circuit - and the Cadbury factory .... chocolate Flake sample circa 1980.

And Franklin Dam. Bob Brown. Now there's a true knight - the only human Australian Senator who smiled, aka 'saw' me (as I rushed to deliver papers to the Senate Chamber) during my years as a contract Executive Assist any temp at Parliament House, Canberra, 1988-92. Or if it was later... (did I work there until 1995?)... I no longer care.

I see politicians now for what they are. Most of them are snakes, with a few gems in between. I'd say 72 per cent (being generous) are self-interested opportunists. Currently, I abhor all politicians (the present parliament and opposition parties) representing Australia.

Anyway, I think of Tasmania as primordial rainforest, chocolate, bono Sir Brown, and compassionate souls like Dirk - the one I called Dick. And... to all the other fine Facebook friends made via JB, not that I've met you.... Sorry I failed you - all of you - Michael B, the muppet animal.... Havoc [k] And... what's his name? Those friendly Texan guys? Yeah... Murph and Rhino. I let you all down when I hit the 'end' button, or whatever it was, on Facebook and Twitter last year. Not that you care. Not that I care that I abandoned Planet Virtual A-Million-Friends-Life Facebook and Twitter. At least I'm living in the real plane/bono suck-it-up life/level now. Back to reality.

But, yes, yes, it was a moment in time. Really?? Sorry. Facebook did my head in when I imploded in 2012/13. Or earlier - late 2011. I went back to Facebook Basics 1 (allowing only family in). Closed circuit.

Joanna, travelling solo.

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