Whisky News – August 2017

By August 28, 2017Industry, News, Tourism

Whisky’s Week’s Secrets revealed

Nine very lucky whisky enthusiasts joined The Academy and our friends Chris Condon and Chirs Byrne at Launceston Distillery – Hangar 17 for Tasmanian Whisky Week on Saturday 12 August.  Our special crew got to see how the Launceston Distillery makes its whisky, took part in a mash and were taken through the journey of distilling with Distiller Chris. A few tried their hand at mashing, assessing the spirit cut and then trying the spirit that will become part of the 2018 whisky release. A special day as we filled our Whisky Week barrel for 2017.

See all our news at http://mailchi.mp/0c0354d0a22c/augustwhiskynews 

august whisky banner

Interested in distilling jobs?

The Tasmanian Whisky Academy has launched a jobs service for people looking at distilling industry jobs. It can be found at www.whiskyacademy.com.au/careers
In most cases the distilleries are looking for a combination of relevant experience, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard.
If you are a distiller looking for a enthusiastic addition to your workforce or hoping to enter the industry yourself, then we’d love to connect you.  This will be trialed as a free referral service for industry during 2017.

Intro course kick starts distilleries
Since commencing the Introduction to Distilling courses with our partners Sullivans Cove, Moo Brew and Nonesuch Distillery in November 2017, we’ve had more than 80 potential distillers and enthusiasts through our courses. We’re always pleased to see our students turning this knowledge into action as they start to build their distilleries (although we cant claim to have completely inspired their success, we hope we’ve helped a bit). Stay tuned for more news soon.

Coastal distillery springs to life
One of our favourite distillery destinations Spring Bay Distillery on Tasmania’s East Coast has released three stunning new whiskies in port, bourbon and sherry. The young whisky was really rich and so we’re expecting the finished product will be worth lining up for.

Check them out at www.springbaydistillery.com.au

Tassie gongs at Spirit Awards
Congratulations to the Tassie winners (and those from the big island) for recent recognition at the Spirit Awards in Adelaide.  Gongs to Peter Bignell from Belgrove Distillery, The team from Sullivans Cove distillery and the guys at Hellyers Road Distillery.

Killara Distillery launch a real lark
We’re pleased to welcome and meet some whisky royalty recently, sharing a dinner table with the lovely Kristy Booth from Killara Distillery.We expect Kristy will soon be known globally as much for her reputation as a distillery, her amazing distilled goods and Apothocary Gin. Visit www.killaradistillery.com

Distilling courses and IBD exams
It’s been six months between our IBD classes, and on 4-8 September we’ll be again hosting the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and presenter Alan Barclay for the General Certificate of Distilling event – this time at Starward and Craft and Co in Melbourne.
Training is full but we still have spots at the Melbourne Distillers dinner – 7 September here

Charles Oates and Bill Lark
This little story gladdens our hearts and demonstrates what is great about Tasmanian distilling and especially our wonderful mate Bill Lark. The crew at Willie Smiths have created a stunning Apple Brandy and Bill has been alongside them on their journey.  See more Charles Oates https://www.facebook.com/charlesoatesdistilling 

Sharing the training message
We don’t often get to see ourselves in the news but we did pop up recently in the Robb Report  – the luxury lifestyle magazine – espousing the virtues of Tasmanian whisky, our distilling geniuses and reminding people why they should head south. See the story here https://www.facebook.com/whiskyacademytas/posts/1415776825125409

The science of whisky
Our Director Anne Gigney and Sullivans Cove Distiller Heather Swart recently headed out West to Queenstown and Strahan through Tassie’s snowy peaks to explore the science of whisky, and its importance to Tasmania’s island state. Thanks to Strahan Village and Mountain Heights School.