Heartwood wins Jim Murray award!


Jim Murray 2016 AwardsEvery year Whisky guru Jim Murray releases his whisky “bible”, and crowns the worlds best whiskies and whiskeys in varying classes from around the world – this year, Tasmanian Independant Bottler and master whisky tinkerer “Heartwood Malt Whisky” owned by Tim Duckett, has claimed the 2016 Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year award. Adding to Tasmanias already heavily awarded world class whiskies such as Lark, Sullivans Cove, Nant and Hellyers Road.



  1. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
  2. Pikesville Straight Rye
  3. Midleton Dair Ghaelach
  4. William Larue Weller Bourbon (Bot.2014)
  5. Suntory Yamazaki Mizunara (Bot.2014)




Asian Whisky of the Year
Amrut Greedy Angels 10yo
Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year
Heartwood The Good Convict





Tim Duckett

Tim Duckett


World Whiskies Awards

SCFOSullivans Cove was named best craft distillery outside the United Kingdom.

Sullivans Cove owner Patrick Maguire said the award, which came after the distillery won world’s best whisky last year, had cemented Tasmania’s reputation internationally.

“This has told me that the outside world and the giants of the whisky distilling industry have accepted what we’re doing and to me that’s a mind-blowing thing,” he said.

“I thought it would take many, many more years before we got to this level.”


Best Single Malt – Kavalan Whisky (Taiwan) Solist Vinho Barrique

Best Flavoured Whisky – Master of Malt 40yo Speyside Whisky Liqueur

Best Grain Whisky – Darkness North British 18yo Oloroso Cask Finish

Best Pot Still Whisky – Redbreast Pot Still 15yo

Best American Whisky – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whisky

Best Scotch Blended Malt – Wemyss Malts’ Velvet Fig

Best Blended Malt – Nika Whisky Taketsuru Pure Malt 17yo

Best African Blended – Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Best European Blended – Black Mountain Whisky Selection BM no1

Best Irish Blend – Tullamore D.E.W Phoenix

Best Japanese Blend – Suntory Hibiki 12yo

Best Blend – That Boutiquey Whisky Company Blended Whisky #1 Batch 1

Best African Single Malt – Three Ships Single Malt 10yo

Best American Single Malt – Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt

Best Irish Single Malt – Teeling Whisky Single Malt

Best Australian Single Malt – Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask Matured

Best European Single Malt – Mackmyra Whisky Iskristall

Best Japanese Single Malt – Suntory Yamazaki 18yo

Best Lowland Single Malt – Highland Harvest Single Malt Sauternes Wood

Best Highland Single Malt – The Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18yo

Best Campbelltown Single Malt – Longrow 11yo

Best Spreyside Single Malt – BenRiach 16yo

Best Islands Single Malt – Ledaig 10yo

Best Islay Single Malt – Ardbeg Kildalton

Bill Lark Inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame

cropped-f1c522-494.jpgBill Lark has flown to London to be inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame, due to occur Thursday evening 19 March, London time. The Whisky Hall of Fame draws international commendation.

It’s 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 is only the seventh person outside of Scotland or Ireland to be inducted. The other six are American, positioning him as the first distiller in the southern hemisphere. The induction is highly regarded worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom. Into its second decade of recognition, the 2015 awards take place at the Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych, London.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peatbogs and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage ofscience, art and passion.

What sets Bill apart is his humble and generous philosophy. Willing to share his knowledge, Bill has assisted more than nine start-up distilleries in Tasmania aloneand has grown a hugely successful premium craft spirit industry in Australia. As Billsays, “a rising tide lifts all boats”.

“I thought people might think we were trying to teach the Scots how to suck eggs and they would think – what are you doing, you silly colonial? We make whisky, you make beer! But in fact it’s been exactly the opposite. We have had tremendous support from the single malt industry worldwide, and from consumers. They were always a little nervous at the start…but it really didn’t take long for the market to truly grab hold of the fact that Tasmania can produce stunning single malt whisky,” adds Lark.

Lark Distillery was the first licenced distillery in Tasmanian since 1839. It was established to produce Tasmanian malt whisky, rich in character with a big finish using the finest Tasmanian ingredients. Lark is very proudly a boutique distillery dedicated to maintaining its proven high-quality malt whisky and other unique Tasmanian spirits. Lark whisky is crafted in small batches and matured in small barrels, and 5-7 years later bottled by hand.

Today the Lark Distillery is one of Australia’s leading distilleries, producing high quality, premium single malt whisky using traditional time-honoured methods. The Distillery runs a 1,800 litre copper pot still along with a 500 litre spirit still.

This induction carries on from Sullivan’s Cove being handed the award of World’s Best Whisky for 2014. The accolade for Whisky Hall of Fame 2015 will be hosted by Radio 4 presenter Garry Richardson and is divided into three stages: Scotland, America and the ‘Rest of the World.’ It is drawn from distillers and blenders worldwide.

Further images are available on request. More information about Lark Distillery is available at www.larkdistillery.com.au.

Whisky MasterClass Tasting Night!

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William Grant & Sons Australia

An evening of sublime whisky

The fantastic people from Grants are coming to Tassie, and bringing with them 8 of their best whiskies for us to sample – a guided masterclass of the Grants range.

Whiskies will include Glenfiddich, Balvenie and a few other impressive drams…

Where: Warratah Hotel (272 Murray Street, Hobart)
When: Friday 17th April 2015
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $55.00 per head

Light meal provided.

As usual this is a ticketed event – you MUST pre-purchase a ticket to attend.

TWAS EFT Details:

BSB: 087-007
Account: 12-522-5289
Account Name: Tasmanian Whisky Appreciation Society

Please put a Bank Reference of your name so that we can track payments

**** you must send an email to richard@twas.com.au once done, with the names of the people attending. ****

We will send you a receipt/ticket once we have confirmed payment.

Get in early as seats are extremely limited!