Best Whisky Distilleries in Tasmania
The globally renowned Tasmanian whisky industry is home to more than 50 producers, creating single malt, rye, corn and even oat whiskies. The industry dates to the early 1820s, when some rough and ready trailblazers founded fledgling distilleries in what was then known as Van Diemen’s Land. But distilling was effectively wound up following 1839’s Distillation Prohibition Act, and took well over a century to return.
Lark Distillery founders Bill and Lyn Lark were the catalyst for the present-day boom. In the early 1990s, the couple realised Tasmania was blessed with the perfect requirements for whisky making: pure water, world-class barley and highland peat bogs. With help from a local MP, they obtained the state’s first distilling licence in more than 150 years, and many others followed.
Whisky producers are now dotted right across the breadth of the island, with cellar doors and restaurants turning these distilleries into destinations in their own right. Visit some of these remarkable operations and you’ll see why Tasmania now ranks as one of the world’s great whisky-producing regions.