Australia has shot forth as one of the world’s premier whisky producers. Yes, for a country that is known internationally for fine wines and enjoying a few frothies, we have come a long way to becoming a whisky haven, especially based around the gourmet paradise of Tasmania. Naturally, this means there is a wonderful range of labels to add to your collection.
Whether you’re a seasoned peat pro or just starting out your journey in this indulgently-delightful hobby, you aren’t short of options when it comes to a fine Aussie blend, the likes of which are listed below:
Sullivans Cove “French Oak”
Why not start with the real legend among the best whisky range Australia can offer? That is, of course, Sullivans Cove and its momentous “French Oak” blend. Named the Best Single Malt Whisky in the World at the 2014 Worlds Whiskies Awards, this label and its producer are the real legends of the Australian industry.
“French Oak” is somewhat of a rarity now, especially as it's now around 12 years of age, but if you’re really looking to enhance your collection then you should try to get your hands on a bottle. Of course, if you struggle to find a bottle, as they are also rarely and randomly released these days, you can find plenty of Sullivans Cove drops at a quality online alcohol store.
Hellyers Road “Single Malt Slightly Peated”
Another legend in the Tasmanian industry, Hellyers Road has a global reputation for producing fine blends. You aren’t short of choice when it comes to finding a delightful bottle, but the ultimate has to be that of the “Single Malt Slightly Peated”, renowned as the ultimate classic among the distillery’s other wonderful spirits.
Once again, the “Single Malt Slightly Peated” can be hard to come across, and so it may be worth trying something different from this incredible distillery, once again available at any good online alcohol store!
Timboon “Christie Cut”
Timboon “Christie Cut” is a phenomenon for connoisseurs the world over, even earning the awesome score of 90.5 at the Jim Murray 2018 Whisky Bible. It is a beautifully bold and robust single malt, and is a proud example of how Victorian blends can stand up alongside those found on the Apple Isle just south.
Cheekily named after the inspector who was hired to arrest illegal producer Tom Delaney, this fine drop is bottled at 60% and has rightfully earned its place as one of the country’s very best!
Lark Distillery “Classic Oak”
We always have to give credit where credit is due, and no name is more synonymous with the success of Australian distilling than Lark Distillery. Naturally, if you already consider yourself a connoisseur you have skipped reading this part, but for any newcomers to the game there is no bigger name than that of Lark Distillery.
The “Classic Oak” is the result of years of perseverance from the iconic Bill Lark, who fought so hard to help whisky become a recognised part of the country’s beverage industry. This result is double-distilled in copper-still pots before undergoing an ageing process in specially-selected small casks, making it a true artisanal classic and one that contains all the wonderful history and ingredients that make Australian distilling such a global phenomenon.
Of course, this one can now also be hard to get your hands on, but you can really never go wrong with any bottle from this unrivalled legend of the Aussie industry!