Sullivan's Cove

Welcome to Tasmania Distillery, producers of Sullivans Cove Single Malt Australian Whisky. Distilled using a traditional pot still from Tasmanian barley and pure rainforest water, the Sullivans Cove brand is building an international reputation for whisky of the highest quality.


Tasmania Distillery was established in 1994 on the banks of the River Derwent at Sullivans Cove, the site where the British planted their flag and began to build the settlement that became the City of Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city. The distillery named the whisky it produced ‘Sullivans Cove’ to acknowledge the history of the site and the place it was distilled. The first distillations commenced in 1995 and its single pot still has continued to operate ever since.

Over the years production continued and with a change of ownership in 2003 the barrelled whisky, still and equipment was relocated to Cambridge, a quiet village on the outskirts of Hobart. The pot still was put back into production and is yielding up to 120 x 200 litre casks of new fill whisky spirit per year.

As experience and knowledge advanced, the distillers began to produce a spirit that has matured into a whisky of the highest quality. In fact the whisky has won gold, silver and bronze medals at Malt Whisky Society of Australia’s blind tasting in 2005, is the winner of the 2007 World Whiskies Awards ‘Best Other” whisky, is consistently scoring in the 90’s (up to 95 points) in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

Another admirer is French Whisky critic, Grégoire Sarafian who awarded Sullivans Cove whiskies a string of awards including Best Single Malt Matured in bourbon casks, Bottling of the Year 2007, Best Double-Matured or Finish single-malt, Bottling of the Year 2007 Meilleur single-malt, The Most Gourmet Cask of the Year 2007, Distillery of the Year 2007 and Best Whisky from all other parts of the World 2007.  The distillery won the ‘Small Business Award’  at the 2008 Tasmanian Export Awards.

As has been the case with Australia’s wine producers over the last two decades, the whisky producers from Down Under are now breaking down barriers and traditions with a no nonsense “can do” approach and bringing the pleasures of single malt whisky to more people than ever before.

In Australia and around the world a growing number of devotees are discovering Sullivans Cove. Distributors in Asia, Europe, Canada and New Zealand have been appointed and business in these regions continues to gather momentum. As the word gets out, growing numbers of distributors from other countries are offering their services.  These are positive indications the distillery and its Sullivans Cove whisky are travelling on the right track.

The Sullivans Cove Single Malt bottled today is selected from only the best barrels and each bottle is filled and labelled by hand. No chill filtering, colours or flavours are used.  Being a small but growing company our strength results from an emphasis on quality rather than volume which is only possible due to the ownership structure. Unlike many other companies today producing premium quality single malt whisky, Tasmania Distillery is not part of a global corporation but is owned by a small group of dedicated, enthusiast businessman and distillers. Our Sullivans Cove single malt is rare and hard to find but when you do, I hope you appreciate its unique Australian flavours. It is different to the rest.

We offer our premium product in three varieties to suit the individual pallet and taste:

SULLIVANS COVE DOUBLE Cask (A marriage of French AND American oak casks) 40%

SULLIVANS COVE CASK STRENGTH French oak PORT cask maturation 60%

SULLIVANS COVE CASK STRENGTH American oak BOURBON cask maturation 60%

PURITY: Brewed and distilled using only Tasmanian barley and soft pure water.


QUALITY: A hand crafted whisky with unique Australian characteristics, no colours or flavours are used.


INDIVIDUALITY: Our distillers like their whisky to be as individual as they are.  Each bottle of whisky is drawn from a single or a limited number of casks in the case of the double cask.  As each cask offers a unique flavour and colour characteristic you can expect to find variances from one bottling to the next.

REALITY: As chill or plate filtering is not a part of our process you may find sediment or suspended cloud-like translucent tufts in the whisky.  This is known as flocking and is a normal, natural flavour and colour component of the whisky.  Flocking occurs when the whisky is stored at low temperatures resulting in some of the particles falling out of suspension.  If the whisky is returned to room temperature and shaken, the particles go back into suspension and disappear.  The presence of flocking is an indication you have a genuine, full flavoured and naturally produced single malt whisky of the highest quality.

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