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.

Article courtesy AAP/The Mercury