Gin

A Tasmanian love affair

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

The roadside stall at Shene Estate & Distillery
Image thanks to: Samuel Shelley

Australian Wooden Boat Festival at Hobart's vibrant waterfront.
Image thanks to: Samuel Shelley

Hellfire Bluff Distillery
Image thanks to: Mitch Osborne

Gin

Shene Estate & Distillery - Road Side Stall, Tasmania, AustraliaClean air, pure water and breathtaking scenery aren’t the only things on offer here in Tassie. After a long day of bushwalking or bird spotting (or after a short day of lazing around…we won’t judge), why not try a carefully crafted, native Tasmanian gin? The Tasmanian gin scene is now booming, with more than 130 different Tasmanian gins on offer, making good use of the state’s diverse botanicals to offer unique experiences for the taste buds. Image thanks to Samuel Shelley.

Take a tour around a distillery, learn the gin-making process and don’t forget to get your tastings in.

Why is Tasmania's Gin So Good?

The Taste of Tasmania: Hellfire Bluff Distillery, Tasmania, AustraliaTasmania is officially home to the cleanest air in the world and–no surprise–also offers the planet’s purest bottled water, from the raindrops over Cape Grim. Water as pure as this, is perfect for the distilling process of gin and also whisky and vodka. Tasmania’s diverse and interesting plant life makes for some tasty signature flavours, infused with botanicals such as native Tasmanian lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, wattleseed and pepperberry. Image thanks to Mitch Osborne.

Craft distilling wasn’t legal in Tasmania until 1991, when pub owner Bill Lark wanted to start his own small boutique whisky distillery. Luckily, the customs minister at the time had a penchant for whisky and immediately altered the legislation, sparking various distilleries to pop up across the state over the next two decades. Lark Distillery is still one of the most highly rated distilleries in Tasmania.

Awards

Poltergeist Gin, from the Shene Estate in Pontville, won gold at the World Gin Awards 2017. It also won a double gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco International Spirits Competition, making it one of the region’s most highly celebrated gins.

Southern Wild Distillery in Devonport won the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition trophy for best London Dry Gin 2017.

Where to Find It

Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Tasmania, AustraliaThe best way to experience Tasmanian gin is to visit one of its distilleries. Not only can you try the products, you can learn more about how it’s made, the people involved and the environment surrounding it. Image thanks to Samuel Shelley.

Most distilleries have cellar doors that are open seven days a week. Many offer tours, workshops and tastings, of not just gin but also whisky and vodka. Holidaymakers may like to build it into a day out and enjoy a local hike before sipping gin and tonic or a gin cocktail while taking in the views. For a unique twist, distilleries often offer seasonal gin such as summer gin infused with orange blossom and saffron.

Alternatively, specialty gin can be purchased online on the individual websites for each distillery, and some can even be found in your nearby bottle shop. Also look out for farmers markets and events where seasonal gin, along with tasty organic food, are available.

Finally, if you’re looking for souvenirs, Tasmanian gin is a great souvenir to take home to loved ones – that is, if you don’t drink it before you make it back!

What to do

Gin

Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour

Our Drink Tasmania SIGNATURE FULL DAY TOUR takes you to 6 of southern Tasmania’s best craft beverage experiences in the Huon and The Coal River Valley, plus a number of special stop-ins along the way.
PLACES ON THE TOUR: BROOKE STREET BRIGHT EYES, HOME HILL WINERY, PAGAN CIDER, WILLIE SMITHS ORGANIC CIDER, SULLIVANS COVE, LAST RITES BREWERY and HOBART BREWING CO.

Book Drink Tasmania Signature Full Day Tour
AU$199

AU$199

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Old Hobart Pub Tour

Characters, pubs, alleys and ales… join us for a tour of Hobart’s intriguing history of watering holes.

AU$33

AU$33

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Whisky & Beer Half Day Tour

Our Whisky & Beer Half Day Tour offers guests the chance to experience global award-winning Tasmanian distilleries and the best of our emerging craft brewers all in an afternoon. This is the afternoon half of our Signature Tour.

AU$149

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Tasmanian Whisky Tour - Day Tour

Our Tasmanian Whisky Tour gives you the opportunity to visit 3–4 distilleries in a single day, to taste up to ten Tasmanian single malt whiskies, to meet the whisky makers and to go behind the scenes of the distillation process.

AU$299

AU$299

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Private Whisky Day Tour From Hobart 2 - 3 Passengers

Take a personalized, luxury, private tour from Hobart and enjoy 3 of Tasmania’s finest whisky distilleries. Visit Redlands Distillery, Nant Distillery and Sullivans Cove.

AU$160

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Private Whisky Day Tour From Hobart 4 - 7 Passengers

Take a personalized, luxury, private tour from Hobart and enjoy 3 of Tasmania’s finest whisky distilleries. Visit Redlands Distillery, Nant Distillery and Sullivans Cove.

AU$160

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Bruny Island Traveller - Seven-Course Gourmet Day Tour

Hobart - Bruny Island

A Seven Course Gourmet food tour of Bruny Island. Explore spectacular landscapes and gourmet local produce on this full day land based tour.

AU$175

1 Day Tour

AU$175

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