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:


Tassie tipple fit for President

Lark20yoThe US Ambassador to Australia is planning to introduce Tasmanian whisky to President Barack Obama.

Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich is so taken with the island state’s award-winning single malts he was planning to pick up some bottles for President Obama on a visit to Hobart today.

“He likes a whisky,” Ambassador Bleich told reporters.

“I’ve already promised I’m going to bring back some Tasmanian whisky with me.”

Tasmania is garnering a reputation as the Scotland of the south, with around eight distilleries making use of the island’s ideal environment.

The Sullivans Cove brand recently won awards at the World Whisky Masters in London and this week was named the southern hemisphere’s best in the respected Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Ambassador Bleich said he was currently enjoying the “vanilla-y, biscuity” taste of the Hellyers Road distillery’s products.

“I think it’s a very good thing that I’m in Canberra and can’t live here in Hobart because I love Tasmanian whisky a little too much,” he said.

The ambassador was in Hobart to speak about Tasmania’s relationship with the US.

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Sullivans Cove named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year in 2013 Whisky Bible

Sullivans Cove, Tasmania’s luxury single malt whisky, has been named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask HH509 scored 96.5/100, the highest score ever achieved by a Southern Hemisphere whisky, and was named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year. It is one of only 60 out of 4500 whiskies to have scored 96.5 and above, placing this exceptional whisky in the top 1% of whiskies ever made.

Now in its 10th year, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible aims to annually score every whisky available on the market. The book currently list 4,500 whiskies, each individually tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray, with the 2013 edition adding 1,300 whiskies to the list.

2012 has been a fantastic year for the boutique Tasmanian producer, winning Gold at the World Whisky Masters, being named Australasian Distiller of the Year at the Wizards of Whisky and now completing the grand slam with Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year.

Speaking from LA where he is currently on tour promoting the USA launch of Sullivans Cove, Chief distiller Patrick Maguire was delighted with the results: “This is the second time this week that I have been called up with great news. First it was Australasian Distiller of the Year and now Jim Murray’s Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year! This is the greatest moment of my distilling career. To be awarded that kind of score by Jim Murray is just unbelievable. I would like to say a big thanks to the team back home; this is true testament to our hard work and its just such a great feeling to know that you have made an historic whisky. Huge party at the distillery when I get back!”

According to Murray, Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask HH509 “…re-wrote the Australian whisky books…it is not just the best whisky I tasted from Taz (sic), but it walked off with Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year. Not only that, it made its way to the Whisky Bible World Whisky of the Year taste off conducted among the six best whiskies I had tasted this year, hob-nobbing with the likes of Buffalo Trace, Ardbeg and Ballantine’s 17.”

This adds to Tasmanian whisky’s growing reputation for excellent whisky. In addition to Sullivans Cove, which has now won its third “Liquid Gold” award, Old Hobart Distillery and Nant Distillery have both achieve “Liquid Gold” status. Jim Murray awards Liquid Gold status to whiskies that score 94/100 or higher in his Whisky Bible and these whiskies are considered to be the very finest currently available in the world.

Sullivans Cove named Australasian Distiller of the Year

sullivanscoveSullivans Cove, Tasmania’s luxury single malt whisky, won a Gold and four Silver medals and was voted Australasian Distiller of the Year at the inaugural Wizards of Whisky blind tasting in London on Friday.

Founded by world-renowned whisky writer and commentator Dominic Roscrow to recognise and reward excellence in whisky making outside of Scotland, the Wizards of Whisky attracted 85 entries from around the world.

Sullivans Cove’s Distiller Patrick Maguire, who is currently on a tour of the USA promoting the launch of Sullivans Cove in the USA, was thrilled with the results: “This has been an incredible year for us. We won the World Whisky Masters a few months back, gained listing at Dubai Airport, launched in the USA and now being named Australasian Distiller of the Year is just the cherry on top! The guys have put in a huge effort back home and this is testament to our passion to make the world’s best single malt.”

Sullivans Cove is available worldwide, please check http://www.sullivanscovewhisky.com for local stockists and distributors.

Fine dram of success

“For the first three or four years I would go to whisky events and conferences and never see another woman, but now that is changing,” she said.

“Women are getting involved, not so much in the distilling side, but in the business side.”

Ms Overeem said she didn’t drink a lot of whisky when she started but now she loved it.

“I can appreciate the flavours and complexities,” she said.

Tasmania now has eight whisky distilleries statewide, and many are winning awards around the world.

The Tasmanian Distillery at Cambridge produced a whisky aged in French oak that topped the super-premium category at the World Whisky Masters in London earlier this year

Tasmania’s oldest whisky makers Lark Distillery have been producing award winning whisky since the early 1990s.

Article by Emma Hope