With World Whisky Day coming up on Saturday 20 May, we've got the best whiskies from the 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards lined up right here.
Starward Wine Cask Single Malt Whisky is uniquely Australian, crafted exclusively with local wine barrels, resulting in a whisky with balanced aromas of raisins, bananas and a touch of balsamic. If you are searching for a classic single malt, look no further than Starward Solera, a reflection of the world-class distilling processes that underlie Starward.
Starward will also be hosting a World Whisky Day event at their Port Melbourne distillery, at which you will be able to fill your own bottle of whisky, chat to the bartenders at the pop-up World Whisky Bar, which will be serving flights to celebrate whiskies from around the world, and take a tour of the distillery. Tickets available for pre-purchase are sold out, however you can rock up on the day and join the party.
WA's Limeburners Distillery uses traditional methods and small-batch pot distilling to produce their premium spirits. You will savour the flavour of Limeburners' award-winning whiskies, with nine taking home medals in 2017.
Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Director's Cut M230 won gold at the 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and represents the top shelf of Limeburners' range - you'd want to be a real whisky-lover to purchase this liquid gold. It will set you back around $550 per bottle. This single malt whisky has honey and fruit aromas when served neat, but adding a splash of water unleashes toasted oak and rich port aromas.
For a heavier, more intense style of whisky, ideally suited for enjoying by the fireplace on a cold winter's day, Limeburners Darkest Winter uses peat collected from the deepest, darkest parts of the Valley of the Giants and the barley is smoked for an extended period.
If you love a great Tennessee Whiskey or Kentucky Bourbon, you will be excited to hear that Limeburners has created Australia's first version of a sour mash whiskey - Tiger Snake Whiskey. Using corn, rye and malted barley sourced entirely from WA, the full-flavoured sour mash is bursting with tones of vanilla, caramel and hazelnuts.
Tasmania's Sullivans Cove is taking the whisky world by storm, awarded multiple times in Australia and overseas for their quintessential small-batch luxury whisky and taking home four medals from the 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.
Sullivans Cove French Oak is rich and sweet with flavours of chocolate, pepper, toffee and fruit cake. You could almost be forgiven for mistaking it for Demerara rum on first taste. This dark, rich whisky is highly sought-after, so expect waiting periods on orders.
Sullivans Cove's most-awarded whisky is their American Oak. Single cask, non-chill filtered and matured in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels, this whisky is rounded, full and creamy.