13 of Hobart’s best boutique distilleries
Enjoy a taste of Tasmania with our guide to the best boutique distilleries around Hobart.
The golden nectar
Fancy a dram of Tasmania’s famed whisky? Hobart proudly claims the “Godfather of Australian whisky” Bill Lark, who in 1992 established Tasmania’s first licensed distillery since colonial times. Try the drop that put Tassie on the world whisky map at Lark Distillery Cellar Door beside Constitution Dock, along with Forty Spotted Gin and Quiet Cannon Rum.
Fellow Hobart institution Sullivans Cove made its own whisky waves when their single malt, made using Tasmanian barley, won best whisky at the World Whiskies Awards in 2014. Sip the good stuff, along with their small-batch brandy, at the cellar door near Hobart airport during daily tours and tastings.
It's a gin thing
Hobart is also emerging as a craft-gin hub. "To track down some sensational local gins, you can take yourself on a mini-tasting tour around Hobart’s waterfront,” says Mary McNeill, founder of Gourmania Food Tours. “All within easy walking distance are Institut Polaire on Murray Street, William McHenry on the Brooke Street Pier, and Lark Distillery on Davey Street. These are all very fine drops, from the classic London Dry style through to some creative seasonal releases and luxurious offerings such as saffron, sloe (a distant cousin of the plum) and barrel-aged gins.”
Institut Polaire is the home of Süd Polaire, a dry gin crafted with Antarctic-chilled waters. The small-batch gin is designed with the dry martini in mind, which is precisely what the team can mix for you in their sleek wine bar, or walk you through a gin tasting.
McHenry Distillery crafts its renowned gin, whisky and vodka using natural springs on their stunning Tasman Peninsula property. If Port Arthur is too far, taste McHenry’s wares at Brooke Street Pier or Saturday’s Salamanca Market. Try the Federation Gin – featuring botanicals from every Aussie state and territory.