20 Jul 2018
For 150 years, the state of Tasmania banned any distilling of spirits: no gin, no vodka, and most importantly no whisky. But in the early 1990s, we thank our lucky stars that a man named Bill Lark (see: Lark Distillery) thought to himself: how could this be when the state, with its pure water and air, is naturally set up to make the very best?
While the industry is young, it's been knocking out the competition in international awards. Today, there are 22 distilleries in Tasmania - not bad for a newbie.
With markets, festivals, and snow-capped mountains, winter is one of the best times to explore the state. And it also happens to be the perfect time to warm up with a few sips of whisky.
1. Experience Tasmanian Whisky Week
From the 13th to the 19th of August, Tasmania is delighting the palates of whisky drinkers with a celebration of the state's finest. One week of masterclasses, single malt tastings, and more. Pair a sip with a cheese plate and even meet the distillers themselves to hear their stories. Make the most of your trip south with a visit to Tasmanian Whisky Week and a few day trips around Hobart.
Find out more here: taswhiskyweek.com
Image: Whisky tasting at Shene Estate; Credit: Samuel Shelley
2. Follow the Whisky Trail
Did you know that Tasmania is home to almost half of all Australian distilleries? Keep in mind that the industry here is a fresh-faced 20 years old - and they're here to impress. When you're making the loop around the state, follow the smell of barley along the Whisky Trail. There are plenty of places to stop by, wet your whistle, or even take a little detour to a national park.
Find out more here: taswhiskytrail.com
Image: Hellyers Road Distillery; Credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman
3. Take a tour and taste premium local whisky
What could be better than getting the local insiders' knowledge? Drink Tasmania offers guided Premium Whisky Tours: a full day at three southern distilleries to taste up to a dozen whiskies and spirits. You'll even have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the makers in their natural element.
Find out more here: drinktasmania.com.au/whisky-tours-hobart/
Image: Whisky tasting at Belgrove Distillery; Credit: Samuel Shelley
4. Drink your whisky with a view
When you've finished exploring the Whisky Trail and sampling the best, have a sip in the comforts of a cabin at one of our stunning park locations. Choose from the ocean views at Devonport, snow-speckled grounds of Cradle Mountain, rolling green hills of the Tamar Valley, or Tassie's Big Smoke. Winter's not so bitter when you're on holiday.
Discover our parks here: discoveryholidayparks.com.au//tasmania
Embark on your journey of discovery through Tasmania this season. When you book 2 or more nights in any cabin at Discovery Parks - Devonport, receive 10% off! Quote code TASWHISKY and you'll also go in the running to win a Hellyers Road Whisky Pack valued at $130.