Newcomers Shine at the Australasian Whisky Awards
The second annual Australasian Whisky Awards, held in association with
The Whisky Show in Sydney, were presented at the The Whisky Show on Friday 28
29 entries from across Australia and New Zealand competed in two
categories – Single Malt and Cask Strength.
Four independent judges had the arduous task of sampling and scoring
each whisky over a period of weeks prior to the Show, and the top three in each
category were recognised, with the whisky achieving the highest overall score
crowned the Australasian Whisky of the Year.
Starward, based in Essendon Fields in Victoria, won the Single Malt
category, and Timboon Distillery, from Timboon in Victoria, took out the Cask
Strength as well as the overall title.
Last year’s winner, the Overeem Port Cask from the Old Hobart Distillery
in Tasmania was second in the single malt category. Lark, also from Hobart and
the oldest distillery in Australia won bronze awards in both categories. Limeburners
from Western Australia won silver in the Cask Strength category.
Starward has only been in existence since 2004, and Timboon has arguably
the smallest stills in the country.
“It is fantastic to see not only a growing number of entries each year,
but the quality of whisky being produced across several states,” says organiser
David Ligoff. “Most people associate Australian whisky with Tasmania, but these
awards show that great whisky is being produced in Victoria and Western Australia
2. Overeem Port Cask
3. Lark #326 Port Cask
1. Timboon Port Cask 64.8%
2. Limeburners Director's Cut
3. Lark #395 Port Cask 63%
Timboon Port Cask 64.8%
The Roadhouse Byron Bay and Whisky Ambassador
for The World of Whisky
Founder and principal writer/editor of
Gourmantic food and drink blog.
Chairperson of the Malt Whisky Society of
Middleton, The Whisky Academy