Australia’s own Sullivans Cove Distillery has been named as the producers of the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky in the 2018 World Whisky Awards.
Awarded to a bottling of Sullivans Cove American Oak, with cask number HH0351, the winning whisky was distilled in June 2000 and decanted in January 2017, making it 16 years and 5 months old. It was matured in a 200-litre American Oak ex-bourbon barrel and produced just 136 bottles.
Sullivans Cove produces single malt whiskies made from 100% Tasmanian malted barley and Tasmanian mountain water, which are double distilled in a unique, Tasmanian-built pot still and allowed to mature in full size casks over several years in the Tasmanian climate.
This year’s win at the World Whisky Awards follows Sullivans Cove’s win for the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky in 2014. This award was a first for Australia, and for any distillery outside of Scotland or Japan, putting Tasmania on the world whisky map.
Other notable winners this year included a South African Whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, which took out the award for World’s Best Grain Whisky, as well as Johnny Walker Gold Label Reserve which took home the top gong for World’s Best Blended Whisky.
Meanwhile, Sullivan’s Cove also won the award for Best Australian Single Malt Whisky for their Double Cask Expression.
The awards were presented by Whisky Magazine, with over a thousand whisky brands blind tasted and judged in London by an international panel comprised of journalists, spirit experts, distillers, bartenders and other experts.