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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 8: William McHenry and The Small Concern)

by Michael Orson     20. February 2015 17:03

William McHenry distillery

This is the final instalment in my series on Tasmanian Whisky and we begin with William McHenry and Sons; a distillery located about as remotely as you could imagine, on the southeastern tip of Tasmania.

The distillery has its connections with the Gaelic whisky world; the owner, William McHenry, being a descendant of an Isle of Skye whisky smuggler. By trade, McHenry was in the pharmaceutical industry, and lived in Sydney, and one balmy Australian day at a barbecue, a friend made a passing comment about William’s Scottish roots, and the idea of making a whisky in honour of them. A few years later, McHenry moved with his family to Tasmania, settling on a beautiful 100-acre estate close to Port Arthur, an historic penal colony.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 7: Redlands Distillery)

by Michael Orson     13. February 2015 14:58

Redlands distillery

Born in London in 1788, George Frederick Read was an illustrious merchant, believed to have brought one of the first merchant vessels through the Torres Straight (which runs between Papua New Guinea and northern Australia). During his career, he traded between India, China and Australia, though it was in the latter country in which settled, first in a town allotment in Sydney, then later, owing to asthma, in Hobart, Tasmania’s largest city.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 6: Nant Distillery)

by Michael Orson     5. February 2015 11:30

Nant distillery

This week we’ll be looking at Nant – one of the most critically acclaimed distilleries on Tasmania, with high profile fans including legendary whisky commentator Jim Murray.

It began in 2004, when Brisbane-based property developer Keith Batt purchased the Nant Estate, just an hour from Hobart. This ancient estate was built in around 1821, and since the 2004 purchase, it has been lovingly and carefully restored with an investment of some $5 million. The result is arrestingly beautiful; a stunning estate surrounded by breathtakingly scenic countryside.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 5: Hellyers Road)

by Michael Orson     21. January 2015 09:46

Hellyers Road distillery

Born in Hampshire, England in 1790, Henry Hellyer trained as an architect and surveyor, and was one of the first officers to sign up for the Van Dieman’s Land Company shortly after it was formed in 1825.

Later to become Chief Surveyor and Chief Architect, his work in Tasmania made him legendary, so much so that after his resignation in 1832, the Court of Directors described his “unwearied exertions for the company... his personal privation and risk in exploring the country, and the admirable maps and plans.”

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Master of Cocktails - The Marronhattan

by Ben Ellefsen     22. December 2014 10:39

Master of Cocktails Marronhattan

Greetings all - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. I'm very much aware that this one's sort of like the Christmas Number one, so we've got a really good one for you. It's a manhattan variant made with an *amazing* Single-Barrel Bourbon (props to Maverick Drinks' Michael Vachon on the cask selection), and Creme de Chataigne liqueur (Chestnut liqueur).

The name, you ask? Why, it's a Marronhattan, of course.

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Master of Cocktails - Pedro Grant goes to New Orleans

by Ben Ellefsen     1. December 2014 09:27

Master of Cocktails Pedro Grant Goes To New Orleans

Right then folks. Time for another #MasterofCocktails! This week's involves setting things on fire, which is always fun.

We're going to be making a Christmassy twist on a Sazerac recipe using Balvenie 15yo Single Barrel and PX Sherry. If anyone feels like complaining about the fact that we're using a good single malt in a cocktail, can I suggest you jog on and complain to the Daily Mail - they'll probably have a story to print about it being responsible for immigration. Or something.

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Master of Cocktails - Cask-Aged Martinez

by Ben Ellefsen     17. November 2014 10:36

Master of Cocktails Cask Aged Martinez

Right then - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails, where we will be making a Cask-Aged Martinez. Now this week's drink is going to take probably 2 minutes to prepare, as we've done all the prep. already. Clever us. If you've not done your homework yet or need a bit of a refresher on what you'll been needing in your cask (available here), have a look at the Prep. Blog Post I made early last week for the recipe.

Once you're up to speed, we can begin. Go on. I can wait... Ready? Lovely.

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Master of Cocktails Prep. - Cask-Aged Martinez

by Ben Ellefsen     11. November 2014 12:49

Master of Cocktails Christmas Panacea

Right then folks, you've had a day to assemble the bottles we'll be needing for the prep for the upcoming #MasterofCocktails - This is really the 'Christmas Panacea' you've been dreaming of.

If you're anything like me, there'll be a seemingly endless procession of loved-ones throughout the Christmas period and 'another Baileys' only works so far. So - we're going to make ourselves a cask of Martinez. Because, well, you know... Stir, strain and serve rocks.

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Master of Cocktails - Maid in Cuba

by Ben Ellefsen     10. November 2014 10:50

Master of Cocktails Made in Cuba

Right then Ladies and Gents - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. We're going to be making a drink I first tried a year or so ago at the Savoy, and is a drink created by the one and only @tomwalker86 for a Bacardi bartending competition, so it of course prominently features the classic rum at its core - yes, we're making a 'Maid In Cuba' recipe this week.

We were supposed to make it last week, so thanks for waiting patiently. Definitely well worth the wait, though. It's a good 'un.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 3: Lark)

by Michael Orson     7. October 2014 12:23

Lark distillery

In many ways, Lark was the flagship behind the burgeoning whisky scene in Tasmania. Established in 1992, it was the first fully licensed commercial distillery on the island since the ban of 1839, and it all began when distillery founder, Bill Lark, started speaking to a political friend of his, asking why small-scale distillation was still illegal. This set in motion a series of calls, letters and discussions, and the end result was legal distillation on Tasmania. For technical accuracy, it’s worth mentioning that Tasmanian Prohibition was partially lifted in 1901, but only for stills of 40,000 litres and over, making any kind of startup nigh on impossible.

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