23 Best Tasmanian Whisky Distilleries

With its temperate climate and abundance of barley and peat, the island of Tasmania is a dream come true for whisky makers and drinkers alike. It’s then no surprise that a veritable slew of Tasmanian whisky distilleries have popped up over the last two decades. And while names like Lark Distillery and Sullivans Cove continue to lead the charge, there is no shortage of small-batch producers hot on their tail.

It all makes for a genuinely exciting and rewarding scene, which is why more and more people are walking the Tasmanian Whisky Trail each and every year.

Sullivans Cove Distillery

Should you have the opportunity to take some Tasmanian whisky distillery tours yourself, we can’t recommend the experience enough. It will give you the chance to discover the best Tasmanian whiskies on your own, and furthermore, grant you insight as to how this wonderful juice gets made in the first place. That said, you don’t need a tour to appreciate the rich taste waiting inside every bottle of delicious Tasmanian whisky; all you need to know is which bottles to buy.

Enter our list of the 22 best Tasmanian whisky distilleries. From seasoned masters to recent start-ups, these distilleries explore the possibilities of our favourite spirit to the fullest potential. It’s because of them that Tasmanian whisky is even a category, let alone an award-winning category that emanates with resounding distinction. Try one or try them all. You won’t be disappointed.

Lark Distillery

Lark Distillery

Hobart’s best whisky distillery happens to be one of the best distilleries in the world if you ask us. Not only that, but Lark Distillery is basically the reason Tasmanian whisky exists in the first place. Founder Bill Lark (aka the godfather of Tasmanian whisky) was among the first to challenge an archaic ban on hard liquor, which dated all the way back to 1839.

Upon borrowing some barley from Cascade brewery, Lark and his family churned out their first batch in 1992, and history was born. To this day, the label’s distinguished single malts remain the stuff of legend, with a loyal following and heaps of awards to show for it.

Lark Distillery

Address: 14 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM, Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM
Distillery Tours: Daily by appointment at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Nant Distillery

Nant Distillery

Drawing upon centuries of tradition, Nant Distillery makes for a textbook case of quality over quantity. That is to say, this Tasmanian whisky distillery does a few things and it does them well. Its beloved Single Malt Whisky Classic Collection consists of three choice expressions, which are respectively aged in either American oak sherry casks, American oak bourbon casks, or French Oak port casks.

To provide a touch more variety, each one is available at either 43% ABV or cask strength. Also featured is the occasional limited edition release. Should you be walking the Tasmanian Whisky Trail, come here for the tastings, and stay for the heritage landmarks and sweeping views.

Nant Distillery

Address: Bothwell TAS 7030
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: Daily by appointment at 11.00 am & 1:30 pm

Hellyers Road distillery 2

Hellyers Road

Thanks to a healthy investment of $10 million, a long-running dairy co-operative turned its attention toward whisky in 1999. Jump ahead to the present day and Hellyers Road continues to craft a small, but delicious range of premium single malts. While the Original 12-Year Single Malt tends to be the fan favourite, expressions such as the Original 15 Year, Slightly Peated 10 Year, and Pinot Noir Finish are no less rewarding.

Upon visiting this Tasmanian whisky distillery, guests will discover a fully licensed restaurant and fantastic tasting bar, along with epic views of Emu Valley.

Hellyers Road

Address: 153 Old Surrey Rd, Havenview TAS 7320
Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: Daily by appointment at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm

McHenry Distillery

McHenry Distillery

Perched on the Tasmanian Peninsula, Australia’s southernmost distillery doesn’t stop at whisky. Making deft use of the area’s abundant spring water and maritime climate, McHenry Distillery (formerly known as William McHenry & Sons) also churns out tasty bottles of vodka and the nation’s “finest gin,” according to Australian Gourmet Travel.

It all comes to us from William McHenry, who left his post at a Sydney biotech company to pursue his true passion for crafting quality spirits with his family. Mission: accomplished.

Address: 229 Radnor Rd, Port Arthur TAS 7182
Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: Daily by appointment from 10 am – 4 pm

Sullivans cove distillery

Sullivans Cove

No discussion of the best Tasmanian whisky is complete until you land on Sullivans Cove. From its original operation in Hobart to its recent relocation to Cambridge, this epoch-making distillery helped put Australian whisky on the world map and keep it there.

Where to even begin? How about with the American Oak Single Cask, i.e. the first Aussie whisky to be hailed as “Liquid Gold” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible? Then we have the French Oak Single Cask, winner of “World’s Best Single Malt” at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards. We could go on.

Sullivans Cove

Address: 1/10 Lamb Pl, Cambridge TAS 7170
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: Daily by appointment from 10 am – 4 pm

Fannys Bay

Fannys Bay

Located on the northern coast of Tasmania, Fannys Bay Distillery has been producing small-batch whisky since 2014. As if putting the local sea breeze in a bottle, each expression imparts with a subtle, salty undertone.

This distillery is also quite crafty when it comes to maturation, utilising a variety of different barrel types to rich and flavourful effect. Pulling no punches, a number of releases come in at cask strength. The privilege of tasting these whiskies isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it.

Fannys Bay

Address: Tam O’Shanter, 15 Seascape Dr, Lulworth TAS 7252
Hours: Friday – Monday 11 AM – 5 PM
Distillery Tours: Cellar Door is typically open during business hours, but contact in advance to confirm

Nonesuch Distillery

Nonesuch Distillery

From a working farm in Tasmania comes this family-run operation, which officially launched in 2015. In that short time, Nonesuch Distillery has made quite a name for itself, to become one of Hobart’s best whisky distilleries. After selecting, grinding, and fermenting local grain on-site, the family double distils its whisky in a bespoke copper pot still.

As you can probably guess, the resulting output is preciously limited in supply. It’s also quite distinct and delicious, as are the label’s two signature gins and its sloe malt.

Nonesuch Distillery

Address: 491 Arthur Hwy, Forcett TAS 7173
Hours: Monday – Tuesday 10 AM – 3:30 PM, Thursday – Friday 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Distillery Tours: Available during business hours – call ahead to confirm

Iron House Distillery

Iron House

Iron House was an established brewery with a problem on its hands: what to do with all that excess wash. Originally intending to sell the wash to whisky producers, head brewer Michael “Briggsy” Briggs had a better idea: to launch his own distillery. That brings us to a handful of exceptional brandies and the release of Tasman Single Malt, i.e. the distillery’s first official whisky.

Will it hold up as well as Iron House’s range of coveted beers? You might just have to visit the brand’s epic property in the White Sands Resort to find out.

Iron House

Address: White Sands Resort, 21554 Tasman Hwy, Four Mile Creek TAS 7215
Hours: 9 AM – 8 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

Hobart Whisky

From the family-owned two-man operation that is Devil’s Distillery comes the aptly named Hobart Whisky. The lads at Hobart Whisky flip the bird to convention, and believe in releasing their products when they’re right, not just when they’re ready. This means that each whisky released is unique, craft distilled and individually cut, with decisions based purely on scent and taste.

Each bottle is individually numbered and labelled, and is sold until it’s out of stock. This means any particular release from Hobart Whisky will never exist again, however they are constantly producing and preparing products for release, so there is a chance they’ll have something similar maturing, or in the works, at any given time.

Hobart Whisky

Address: 1 Gormanston Rd, Moonah, TAS 7009
Hours: By appointment only
Distillery Tours: Available by pre-arranged appointment

Old Kempton Distillery

Old Kempton Distillery

What was formerly Redlands Estate is now Old Kempton Distillery, located about 50 kilometres north of Hobart. Old Kempton produces some of Tassies most delicious distilled spirits and liqueurs (and keep an eye open for their shiny new distillery, to be opened next door to their Dysart House property, which will see a return to “paddock to bottle” distilling for the brand.)

The distillery also produces a London Dry-style gin, an apple liqueur, and infused spirits like barley vodka. They’re also famed for their Lavender Malt, a liqueur produced from their new make spirit. Throw in a cafe, a colonial setting, distillery tours and tastings at 1:30 pm daily (free if you’re a member of their Whisky Club, AUD$35 for visitors), and you have yourself a must-stop destination on the Tasmanian Whisky Trail.

Old Kempton Distillery

Address: 26 Main St, Kempton TAS 7030
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM Daily
Distillery Tours: 1:30 PM Daily (excluding public holidays)

Spring Bay Distillery

Spring Bay Distillery

What do you get when you combine superior Tasmanian barley, expert distillation methods, careful cask selection, and some of the purest water in the world? Spring Bay Distillery whisky, that’s what. Located in lovely Spring Beach, this small-batch operation uses Tasmanian East Coast rainwater when producing its single malts, which deliver robust colour and impeccable flavour.

Sure, you can order a bottle online, but you’re better off visiting the distillery to take in those idyllic surroundings.

Spring Bay Distillery

Address: 6 Hoods Rd, Spring Beach TAS 7190
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 2 PM
Distillery Tours: Check website for availability

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Whisky

The first batch of Cradle Mountain Whisky was distilled all the way back in 1989, under the name of Darwin Distillery. Name changes and revamps would follow, but the quality and craftsmanship at this commercial operation persist. Meanwhile, that sizable head-start has allowed the brand to keep its whisky in the barrel for considerable amounts of time.

For proof, look no further than Cradle Mountain Single Malt Whisky “Aged 17 Years,” which makes up part of the Tasmanian Australian Heritage Collection. That collection, by the way, is said to be the island’s oldest commercially-produced single malt.

Cradle Mountain Whisky

Address: PO Box 69 Legana, 7277 Tasmania

Southern Wild Distillery

Southern Wild Distillery

It might be a stretch to call Southern Wild Distillery one of the best whisky-makers in Tasmania, as no one’s had a taste of the actual whisky yet. Being that this is a relatively new company, its whiskey is still sitting in the barrel. Nevertheless, the distillery’s signature gins have become hugely popular in just a few years time, so it’s only natural to expect great things from any upcoming single malts.

Southern Wild Distillery

Address: tenancy at 5/13-17 Oldaker St, Devonport TAS 7310
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 PM – 5 PM, Friday 12 PM – 1o PM, Saturday 12PM – 11 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

Adams Distillery

Adams Distillery

After visiting Scotland’s Speyside region with his father, Adam Pinkard developed a passion for single malt whisky. With help from Fanny Bays head distiller Mathew Cooper, Adam began learning how to turn that passion into action. The next move was to build a distillery of his own with help from his friend, whose name also happened to be Adam.

That brings us to the fittingly named Adams Distillery, which just began releasing its first batches.

Adams Distillery

Address: 35 Drummond St, Perth TAS 7300
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

Corra Linn Distillery

Corra Linn Distillery

It takes the best Tasmanian ingredients to make the best Tasmanian whisky, which is why Corra Linn Distillery uses local Westminster and Macquarie barley of the highest quality. Thanks to a superior mash and crafty ageing techniques, this nascent brand is churning out some exceptional product.

An inaugural single malt balanced sweetness and spice to perfection and quickly sold out. Expect more great things to come.

Corra Linn Distillery

Address: 93 Correa Dr, Relbia TAS 7258

Launceston Distillery

Launceston Distillery

Tradition reigns supreme at Launceston Distillery, which uses local barley and pure river water when crafting its output in small batches. The action goes down in Launceston Airport’s Hangar 17, also known as the state’s oldest commercial aviation building. This Tasmanian whisky distillery’s range is quite impressive, running the gamut from affordable single malts to cask strength iterations to limited-edition releases.

Launceston Distillery

Address: 287 Evandale Rd, Western Junction TAS 7212
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

Belgrove Distillery

Belgrove Distillery

What began as a surplus of grain became Australia’s first and only bespoke rye distillery, which produces a full spectrum of unique expressions. Overseeing the operation is Peter Bignell, whose transition from Kempton farmer to whisky distiller has been relatively seamless and wildly successful.

The rye is grown just metres from Bignell’s bio-fueled distillery, and all the grain is malted on-site. Bottles of acclaimed whisky go out to consumers and any leftover mash goes to Peter’s sheep.

Belgrove Distillery

Address: 3121 Midland Hwy, Kempton TAS 7030
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

7K Distillery

7K Distillery

One of Tasmania’s newest distilleries is also one of its best. Founded by Tyler Clark, 7K Distillery excels at the innovative approach, leading to a wildly exciting gin program, in particular. Australian whisky is one of Clark’s earliest passions and it’s only a matter of time before his juice leaves the barrel. Speaking of which, you can currently “adopt” a 20L Tasmanian Oak cask (i.e. barrel) in support of Clark’s ongoing efforts.

7K Distillery

Address: 69 Brighton Rd, Brighton TAS 7030
Distillery Tours: By appointment only

Deviant Distillery

Deviant Distillery

True to its name, Deviant Distillery subverts the entire ageing process by way of modern technology. As such, it claims to craft whisky of the 10-year-old calibre in a mere 10 weeks. One might wonder: are these guys blowing peat smoke or does this single malt really taste as luscious as its elderly counterparts? Track down a bottle to find out.

Deviant Distillery

Overeem Distillery

Overeem Distillery

Based in Hobart, this esteemed whisky distillery takes its name from founder Casey Overeem, who distilled his first batch at a relative’s house back in 1980. Over the years that followed, Overeem fine-tuned his craft to spectacular effect. Produced in small batches using the finest ingredients, every single malt is matured in 100 litre French or American Oak casks for a minimum of five years.

Look to the hand-scrawled number on each bottle to see which single cask it came from. These whiskies are highly sought after and with good reason.

Overeem Distillery

Shene Estate Distillery

Shene Estate Distillery

If you like the idea of sipping whisky or gin in a heritage setting, then you owe yourself a trip to Shene Estate Distillery. Once home to early colonialist Gamaliel Butler, these prestigious grounds have direct links to historical figures like King George III and Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

This is also where you’ll find Tasmania’s only triple distilled whisky, better known as Mackey Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky. Delicious.

Shene Estate Distillery

Address: 76 Shene Rd, Pontville TAS 7030
Hours: Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM
Distillery Tours: Book online

Trapper's Hut

Trapper’s Hut Whisky

Upon scoring some old barrels of surprisingly exceptional Tasmanian whisky, Trapper’s Hut became the island’s first independent bottler. It’s since been nothing but one hit after another for this popular brand, which produces single cask whisky in very limited supply.

Get the latest release before it’s gone…because it will definitely be gone soon.

Trapper’s Hut Whisky

Heartwood Whisky

Technically, Heartwood Whisky isn’t a Tasmanian whisky distillery because it doesn’t actually distil whisky. Instead, it’s an independent bottler that purchases juice from other distillers and then provides additional maturation in carefully selected barrels. The result is veritable liquid gold, hence the massive following and swath of awards.

It’s also some of the oldest whisky in Australia.

Heartwood Whisky

Address: 49 Tasma St, North Hobart TAS 7000

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