This article was published on the The Sydney Morning Herald online April 24, 2015
Any idea how beer turns into whisky? Or wine into brandy? Distillation. This ancient practice is often described as a dark art known only to a crazy few. The reality is much, much simpler.
It’s easier than ever before to get the lowdown on how your favourite gins, whiskies, rums and other spirits are made by visiting some of Australia’s world-renowned distilleries. Depending on where you live, some distilleries will be easier to get to than others. But don’t worry, below is a list of distilleries across Australia, high in educational value, set in pretty locations and all producing quality products.
So now there will be no excuses for not knowing the difference between a single malt and a blend, or how gin differs from vodka.
1. Archie Rose Distilling Co. – Rosebery, NSW
Australia has had a long and complicated affair with spirits. In the colony’s earliest days, illicit distilling was rife, supposedly ruining the health of the colony with “noxious and unwholesome” spirits, as Governor Hunter put it in 1797. More than 200 years later, the highly anticipated opening of Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Sydney is a sure sign of a growing confidence in the Australian spirits industry.
Archie Rose is said to be the first independent distilling company to operate in our most populous city since 1853, but this sleek and contemporary outfit bears no relation to our dodgy hooch producers of old. Opened to the public just a month ago, the distillery is accompanied by a sophisticated bar where you can sample some of Archie’s Rose’s gin, vodka and un-aged rye seven days a week.