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Sullivans Cove wins fourth “Liquid Gold” award

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Tasmania's Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask Whisky has been awarded Liquid Gold status in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.

And in a further boost to the Tasmanian single-malt industry, Nant Distilling Company has collected a gold medal at Europe’s World Spirits Awards.

Sullivans Cove's French Oak was judged the planet’s best single malt at last year's World Whisky Awards in London.

Now the company's American Oak Cask HH0047 has achieved the highest Whisky Bible score ever recorded by an Australian single malt – 95.5/100.

Murray, the world's most influential whisky judge, wrote: "Hard to imagine a malt whisky being more malt whiskier … few distilleries do weight on delivery better than this one … exemplary malt whisky: absolutely beautiful.”

Liquid Gold status is awarded to whiskies that score 94/100 or higher in the Whisky Bible. Those that achieve this standard are widely considered to be the best whiskies available in the world.

It was Sullivans Cove's fourth “Liquid Gold” award.

Three other Tasmanian distilleries – Nant, Lark and Old Hobart (now branded Overeem) – have achieved Liquid Gold status in recent years.

Sullivan's Cove Chief Distiller, Patrick Maguire, said: “This award is a fantastic recognition of the superior quality of our range and it is great to have the American Oak in the limelight after all the attention that the French Oak has been getting of late.

"This award is made so much more special by the fact that barrel HH0047 was the 47th cask that we ever made and it’s great to know that we got it right so early.”

Owner and CEO of Nant, Keith Batt, said the Tasmanian single-malt industry was now recognised as world class.

Nant claimed a gold medal for its American Oak Sherry Wood Whisky and a silver medal for its French Oak Pinot Noir Wood Whisky at the World Spirits Awards.

“Once again we have had a fantastic result," Mr Batt said.

"The international attention Nant has received in its short history has earned us a reputation for being one of the best distilleries of single malt whisky in the world.

“Our Sherry Wood 43 per cent, in particular, continues to attract global attention, taking gold in the China Wine and Spirits Awards in 2014.”

The various awards were backed up by some unexpected promotion from Scotland.

Brian Kinsman, the sixth Master Blender in the storied history of scotch producer William Grant & Sons, spoke glowingly of the Tasmanian industry.

"They are really focused on getting the distillation right and they are really focused on good quality whiskies," he said.

"The Tasmanians are not trying to be Scotch: they are actually happily producing Australian whisky and I think that is fantastic.

"The number one thing that is important for us, as an industry and us as a company, is that people are making good quality whisky."

Mr Kinsman is the guardian of Grant's century-old whisky ledgers – or recipe books.

He is ultimately responsible for the consistency of Grant's various whiskies, including Glenfiddich.

"If people are going to enjoy Australian whisky that will open up new markets for us," Mr Kinsman told Greg Clarke of The Canberra Times. "So long as everybody is producing quality, I think it is a really positive [development].

"I think the worst thing you can do is say 'I will only drink [one] sort of whisky'".

Mr Kinsman said one reason for the new-found popularity of Tasmanian tipples is a trend among consumers to want to know the provenance of their whisky.

Sullivans Cove and Nant, like most Tasmanian distilleries, have good stories to complement their quality products.

Global market research business IBISWorld predicts that sales of Tasmanian whisky will continue to grow strongly.


This article first appeared in Edition 158 of Brand Tasmania's e-news, March 2015. Become a Brand Tasmania e-Friend »


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