Australian Whisky

Australian whisky is still relatively unknown in the U.S. due to its general youth — the oldest distillery in the country, Lark, was founded in 1992 — but it actually has more than 100 whiskey distilleries on the island, with about 1/4 of them located on Tasmania. Australia dabbled with whisky in the 1800s to early 1900s, but these distilleries ultimately focused on low-grade products which were eventually shunned in favor of higher quality imports. Today, Australian whisky is largely made in the single malt style with a clear nod toward Scotland, with local barley and wine finishes both popular.

Review: The Gospel Straight Rye Whiskey

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2022 |

Here’s a fun fact: The Gospel Straight Rye Whiskey is the first Australian whiskey that is legally labelled as “straight,” following the strict distillation and maturation rules required of American whiskeys. The whiskey is made form 100% unmalted rye grown on a single farm in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia, said to be…

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Review: Starward Octave Barrels Single Malt Australian Whiskey

By Monica Uhm | June 24, 2022 |

Starward is an Australian malt barley whisky that has been inching its way into the U.S. markets over the past several years. (We reviewed a couple of their releases in 2019 and 2020.) Hailing from foodie-centric Melbourne, Starward sources the grains and supplies from local farms and merchants, along with the wine barrels used for…

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Review: Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky

By Christopher Null | February 28, 2020 |

Australian whisky brand Starward has been making slow inroads into the U.S. market, beginning with the Nova bottling we reviewed late last year. Now a second expression of Starward is here, Two-Fold, and it’s a unique whisky for any country. Two-Fold is named because it’s made with two separate whiskies, each distilled from a single…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyLIVE Washington DC 2018

By Drew Beard | March 19, 2018 |

Whiskey festivals come in all shapes and sizes, but WhiskyLIVE consistently produces a very approachable event for a fan at any stage in their whiskey obsession. There’s a good balance of offerings from industry heavy hitters and smaller craft outfits, as well as the occasional downright weird bottling. This year, I got to taste whiskey…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyLIVE Washington DC 2017

By Drew Beard | April 11, 2017 |

With so many whiskeys out there to try, from distillers big and small, whiskey festivals can easily be overwhelming. WhiskyLIVE offers a good balance of options, showcasing industry heavy-hitters along with up-and-coming American (and several international) craft distillers. It’s small in comparison to events like WhiskyFest, in both attendance and vendors, so your options are…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2014

By Christopher Null | May 16, 2014 |

Wet weather didn’t stop the masses from crowding onto the San Francisco Belle this year, a rite of passage for Bay Area whisky lovers attending the annual Whiskies of the World Expo. Lots of great stuff on tap this year, particularly from independent Scotch bottlers. Without further ado… Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World San…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2012

By Christopher Null | April 19, 2012 |

Kudos to Douglas Smith for putting together this event, easily the best installment of the Whiskies of the World show that I’ve experienced since I started this blog six years ago. Loaded with whiskies you rarely see in the U.S. or even at whisky shows, WotW 2012 also had plenty of long-time favorites on hand…

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Review: Lark Single Malt Australian Whisky

By Christopher Null | August 16, 2011 |

Folks are making whiskey all over the world, even in far-flung places like Tasmania, Australia, where Lark Whiskey hails from. The company makes a variety of spirits but the highlights are three single cask, single malt whiskeys produced in the Scottish style of Islay, with local barley and, yes, Tasmanian peat over which it is…

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