Day two of Tas Whisky week took us South of Launceston first to Launceston Distillery at Hanger 17 next to the airport. Great place to visit with an amazing ethos. Whisky made the traditional way. Chris and the team ( including Angus the distillery dog) at Launceston do an amazing job this year they have a Tas Whisky Week special barrel which is finished in a port and rum barrel with alternating staves made at Transwood cooperage in Perth Tasmania. Stop number two is my local distillery at Fannys Bay, Mathew and the team produce fine single cask whisky on a small scale. They have lots of different casks including Bourbon, Port,Sherry and Pinot. Each release is only released when they are happy with it, if it doesn’t meat the mark they will resist I’ll it if needed. Next we hopped over too Hillwood distillery which is about small distillery located about 15-20 mins North of Launceston in a small town called Hillwood, Paul and Ollie again are a small batch distillery with the highlight being a port cask that is about to be bottles shortly, currently sitting at 67.7% ABV. It’s such a rich and tasty dram. After Hillwood we headed to Adams distillery still in the process of rebuilding after a nasty fire in FEB 2021. Again some fine drams available including a Peated bourbon cask. With this cask they half filled it and stood it on its end the after a year flipped it over. They call this a slosh cask. Very tasty with a great nose for a young whisky. After this we went to a Tasmanian Whisky week tasting with Matt Bailey from SMWS as host. This night was highlighting what barrel selection can do for whisky. The distillers at this event were Waubs Harbour, Launceston Distillery, Adams and 7k with two independent bottlers Tas Whisky Selectors and Whisky in Isolation. The highlight was a Epresso Martini finish whisky. Will post more about Tasmanian Whisky week on Thursday

Posted by GaryHN at 2023-08-09 06:20:17 UTC