Wizards of Oz Credit: Sullivans Cove Distillery
Wizards of Oz
Credit: Sullivans Cove Distillery

The Devil we know, but Tasmanian whiskey? Ripper

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We have an aunt in Tasmania, where we keep meaning to visit soon. Now there’s even more reason to go: besides unique and sometimes unsettling flora and fauna, this Australian island state is home to about 30 of the nation’s 120-odd whiskey distillers and bottlers, Jovi Ho of CNA Lifestyle reports. Oh, and August 12-18 is Tasmanian Whisky Week.

As Vicky Frost of the Guardian points out, temperate Tasmania often feels more like Scotland than Oz, and there’s even some peat around. Many local distillers make whiskey in pot stills like their Scottish ancestors did, Distiller’s Philip Morrice explains.

We get it, you're an Icon Credit: Chivas Holdings
We get it, you're an Icon
Credit: Chivas Holdings

A trail ride Down Under

If you find yourself in Tazzie, hop on the Tasmanian Whisky Trail, which covers all nine of its distilleries. Among them: Sullivans Cove, which took Best Single Malt at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards and Best Single Cask Single Malt this year.

“Fruity toffee, with a hint of burnt caramel,” the judges declared of the 2019 winner. “Leathery touches. Palate is sweet and candied with a rich toffee core. Spiciness and black liquorice build from the middle, along with rich apple sauce. Finish has apple skin, liquorice and sweet cinnamon sugar. The apples linger.” So would we.

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