If you think that we write too much about Tasmanian distillery Sullivans Cove, write to them and tell them to stop making such damn fine whisky. While their American Oak expression already made waves in March when it took out the gong for Best Single Cask Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards (the one that matters), it may have now set a new record: the most expensive Australian Whisky ever sold.
A bottle from the coveted barrel #HH0351 which won the distillery its coveted trophy earlier in the year went under the hammer at a Christie’s Auction last week, and boy, did it get just a bit of attention.
A flurry of excited bids from affluent whisky enthusiasts saw the meagre 700mL offering of the good stuff top out at £6,600, or almost AU$12,000. While there’s no official record of literally every bottle of Aussie whisky ever sold, all concerned parties seem pretty keen to say, hand on heart, that this is the most amount of money anybody has ever paid for a bottle of antipodean nectar.
This is a milestone not just for Tasmania, but for Australia, as our whiskies are starting to gain more and more traction amongst collectors overseas–an important market to grab in terms of driving sales to a broader market.
All proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, a charity dedicated to protecting children from violence.