The rise of

Australian Boutique Distilleries

The emergence of an increasing number of Australian artisanal distilleries crafting gins, whisky, rum and vodka, makes for exciting epicurean discoveries. Here, we highlight a Tasmanian and West Australian producer that Scenic guests can visit to taste some of the country’s finest boutique spirits.

By Rob McFarland.

In the space of 15 years, ordering a gin and tonic has gone from a relatively simple choice between a handful of big-name brands to a major selection process. There are now more than 300 craft distilleries in Australia producing a vast array of artisanal gins, rums, vodkas, and whiskies.

Who’s to blame for this gin bonanza? Arguably Bill Lark, who in the early 1990s succeeded in overturning an antiquated law banning the use of small stills for the distillation of alcohol. Often heralded as the ‘Grandfather of Australian whisky’, he went on to establish Lark Distillery in Tasmania and in the process turned the page on an exciting new chapter in Australian spirits.

Fuelled by a renewed interest in cocktail making and the renaissance of the small bar scene, local distillers are now utilising native botanicals to produce uniquely Australian spirits that are winning awards all over the world.

Even more exciting is that many of these producers are happy to share their stories and methodologies, offering in-depth tours and tastings so you can peek behind the curtain and see the distillation process in action.

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