Tasmanian Whisky Historical
TASMANIAN HISTORIC BOTTLINGS
Obviously, there is no surviving whisky from the island’s first distilling years (1821 - 1838). Indeed, there are very few bottles from the early years of Tasmania’s re-emergence as a whisky producer in the 1990’s and, given the boutique scale of production even at the larger distilleries and the tendency to bottle on a one-off single cask basis, rarity and uniqueness have quickly become significant features of the Tasmanian whisky scene. And so scarcity quickly replaces availability once a particular expression’s supplies are exhausted, only to be replaced by another variety which all too quickly also joins the ranks of the obsolescent or dearly departed, whichever way one wants to look at it.
A few years ago I started to put together for a few friends and myself a carefully selected collection of Tasmanian whiskies. These were mainly single cask bottlings from the better known distilleries, nearly all of which have long since left the conventional market place and which have consequently increased significantly in value. We provide a controlled selection of around 40 of these whiskies in the hope that all or some of them will be of interest to Tasmanian whisky disciples. Where we have more than one bottle, only one bottle of that particular expression will be allowed per customer.
The purpose of this approach is to try and determine an accurate valuation of the rare Tasmanian whisky market. Something that has been created with so much care, imagination and enthusiasm should not be undervalued!