Tasmanian whisky scores gold at the World Whisky Masters 2014!!

Overeem Single maltHellyers Road DistilleryTasmanian whisky has cleaned up at the 2014 World Whisky Masters this year, with multiple entries scoring medals!

The judges were impressed by the whiskies from Hellyers Road Distillery, which were “well constructed” and fruity, while an Ultra-Premium entry from Overeem was also described as “well balanced and accessible”.


Australiasian Single Malt Ultra-Premium
Company Product Name Award
Overeem Overeem Single Malt Sherry Cask Matured Cask Strength Gold


Australiasian Single Malt Super-Premium
Company Product Name Award
Hellyers Road Distillery Hellyers Road Original 10yo Silver
Hellyers Road Distillery Hellyers Legacy The Gorge Silver

To see the complete list of awards, follow the link:


US beverage testers give Gold Medal to top selling Tasmanian whisky

Patrick collecting spiritSullivans Cove, Tasmania’s super-premium single malt, was recently awarded a gold medal by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago.

This award, from one of the world’s leading independent beverage reviewers, was given to the distillery’s Double Cask expression. It adds to Sullivans Cove’s list of prestigious international awards, which includes three Liquid Gold Awards from Jim Murray, and “Best Australian Single Malt” from the World Whisky Awards in London.

Chief distiller Patrick Maguire is of the opinion that a large part of Sullivans Cove’s huge domestic and international success is down to recognition from organizations such as the Beverage Testing Institute. He went on to say; “Things are going well, we are up 50% on last year and Sullivans Cove is now the biggest selling Tasmanian whisky. Exports are booming with North America making up 80% of our overseas sales, and we have sent our first shipments to Hong Kong and Japan this past week. It is great to be involved in such an exciting industry during otherwise difficult economic times.”

The sharp rise in demand has meant that the distillery is now working flat out to produce enough spirit.

The Tasmanian whisky industry has seen very strong growth over the past two years and there are now eight functioning distilleries on the island with 2 more in the pipeline.

Bulleit Rye arrives in Australia

Praise for Bulleit Rye has gained momentum over the last 12 months, with a selection of the world’s most prestigious spirits competitions giving it their seal of approval. A Double Gold Medal for both the liquid and its packaging were awarded at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, while a Highly Recommended was also presented at New York’s prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2011. More recently, both Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye took home a Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“America is cool again. The hipster movement was born in Brooklyn and mixologists are fuelling the resurgence of American whiskey by celebrating classic cocktails born in the prohibition era. The Australian launch of Bulleit Rye not only presents mixologists with something fresh for their backbars, but also a quality 90 proof whiskey direct from the US that proudly salutes its long-standing heritage. As American whiskey continues to gain momentum in Australia, we look forward to providing our customers with a new opportunity to capitalise from this growing and dynamic category.” says Nikki Burke, marketing manager – Whisk(e)y, Diageo Australia.

Bulleit Rye is available in 750ml bottles for RRP $69.99(90 proof, 45% ABV), and will be accessible to the trade from 1 October 2012.