Australian Whisky

Discussion in 'The Speakeasy' started by Luc, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    Following an article in the Newspaper(The Age) in November 2009 (that I kept), I decided to post this so I can share what we have down under.

    I have no idea how good the stuff is or how available it is inside/outside Oz, but I will make sure that I will try all 3 bottles mentionned in the article.

    If someone already tried one of those, please, share. I am no whisky expert, just someone who enjoy some here and there.

    The first bottle is called Limeburners from Albany, Western Australia, Single barrel edition only. Good between 6-8 years but best after 12-18 years. Bottle varies between $125-$200 AUD.

    Second, Bakery Hill, single malt Whisky made by David Baker in Mount Dandenong, Victoria since 1999. This one is made from Jack Daniel's barrels in a limited edition. Apparently, I will need to be on a waiting list to get this one as they often run out. Good article if interested. Retail price is around $80-$100 AUD.

    Last, Lark single malt Whisky from Tasmania. This one seems to be the easiest to get down under. Another interesting article about Lark. Retail price around $125 AUD.

    I will probably get on the list for Bakery Hill, get a bottle of Lark or Limeburners and see how I do from there.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  2. A good find Luc. Limburner's sure does look good, but the prices are a little out of my range unforunately.
  3. Strangely Lark is about 1 minute away from my major clients offices ( where I spend about 80% of my time ) but I've never been there ( though client has a zero alchohol policy ).

    I was invited for Christmas drinks there last year by one of my vendors but couldn't make it, but sounds like a couple of other reseller reps drank my ( and everyone else) portions. :tongue_sm

    If you need assistance with the Lark, let me know !!!! :thumbup1:
  4. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    I forgot to add, the only place that I found in Melbourne that can sell it is "Wigs Cellar"

    That place will sell you a 1 ounce bottle if the distillery make it. They have a full wall of those (Tequila, Cognac, Whisky, Scotch, Bourbon, etc.). I usually end up with ~$100 of small bottles. I rather buy a 1 shot than being stuck with a full bottle that I don't like. I will try to check next week if I couldn't find the 3 of them in a small bottle...
  5. I've heard great things about Bakery Hill, but haven't tried any of those above.
  6. What ever happened to Gilt Edge?? It was an affordable Australian whisky!:001_huh:
  7. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    Mmm, I can always try to track that one down... Never heard of it. Do you know if it's still in production?
  8. I've tried the Lark whisky and it's pretty good. For a surprise a few years ago I flew my wife to Hobart for a nice seafood lunch at Muirs. After lunch we went for a walk as we had a couple of hours to kill before heading back to the airport for the flight home and we ended up at Larks. All the drinks were pretty good. The apple schnapps was sensational.
  9. interesting post Luc. To me, Lark's distillery was like a Speyside. Their Pepperberry Gin is the best Gin I've tasted. If we ever catch up, I vote Tassie
  10. /fidjit puts up hand to host the first B&B GSL Lark Distillery tasting session :thumbup1:
  11. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    Mmm, they have beds there right? :001_rolle
  12. About a $20 horse and cart ride back to my place. If we spread the leaves out a bit thinner you can all have your own pile...umm bed :tongue_sm
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  13. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    Mmm, I'm sure that if we promise not to drink everything they will let us sleep in a barrel... It's Tasmania after all! :lol:
  14. So is there anything unique about Australian Whisky? Other than it is made in Australia.
  15. I think it is out of production. Haven't seen it on the shelves for a long time. Wasn't a bad drop either.
  16. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    All right, I now have 2 bottles out of 3. Larks and Bakery Hills. The bottle shop didn't have Limeburner in a small bottle.

    $19.95 each but I rather buy a one shot instead of paying a big price for a bottle I won't like.

    Tasting, probably this week-end!

    I asked for Gilt Edge and they don't stock it or know if they can have it...
  17. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    All right! Lark was in my glass yesterday.

    Nice stuff. 58% alc. but still nice. Not smokey at all, a bit sweet at then end, reminds me of cherries. Good stuff! I don't know if this will be a regular because of the alcohol content but very good drop!
  18. Luc, do you know which cask it was finished in?
  19. Luc

    Luc Moderator Emeritus

    95 I think... I would need to be a bin scab to find it...
  20. Alacrity59

    Alacrity59 Moderator Emeritus Contributor

    What are the grains used for the Oz whisky? I've loved some of the wines . . . I figure it is because with the heat there it is made from raisins so it is pre-aged before it hits the bottle. . . ha . . . sorry. I bought a bottle of "fat bastard" . . . just sounded like me. I think it was available here just the one time.

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