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Issue 146 - The New World

Whisky Magazine Issue 146
September 2017


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The New World

Adventures in the distilling community of Australia

Despite having been several times, it's fair to say the flight to Australia is possibly one of the longest flights you can take from the UK, but it's the size of the continent that is staggering. Once you reach the northern coast, if you are travelling to the south, you can get a decent sleep in before you arrive.

The distilling scene in Australia is pretty amazing and vibrant. It feels like people out there are doing what they want to and how they want to. Calling the industry there nascent or fledgling I think is slightly missing the point, but there are a lot of distilleries opening up and taking advantage of this global rise in interest in whisky. I think a little like the Japanese industry, it is us outside the country who are now discovering what is being made there; and there are some superb whiskies and projects to be uncovered.

One thing that is easy to spot is that there is also a great feeling of camaraderie here. This was brought home to me in a visit to the Wirra Wirra winery. The original founder of the vineyard had installed a huge bell tower in part of the building. His idea was to ring the bell and call in all the wine makers in the McLaren Vale region to sit, eat and share what they were making. Also to talk about production method tips, basically to help each other out.

This spirit of cooperation and friendship has made it out of the wine industry and into the whisky world. I had the honour of comparing the first Whiskies and Spirits Conference in Adelai...

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