TIMBOON Railway Shed Distillery has taken out a national honour for its whisky, beating almost 30 entries.
The boutique business took out the cask strength category with its Timboon Port Cask and the overall title of whisky of the year at the Australasian Whisky Awards in Sydney on June 28.
The Timboon distillery is one of the smallest distilleries in the country and distiller Tim Marwood said the award was wonderful recognition of the work they do.
“Barrel selection is critical and small batch, small barrel ageing has produced some consistently high quality malts for us,” he said.
“All of our whiskies are hand bottled and hand labelled.
“It’s wonderful news as artisan regional producers to receive such an accolade.”
Four independent judges had the task of sampling and scoring each whisky over a period of weeks prior to the The Whisky Show, and the top three in each category were recognised, with the whisky achieving the highest overall score crowned the Australasian whisky of the year.
Organiser David Ligoff said it was fantastic to see not only a growing number of entries each year, but the quality of whisky being produced across several states.
“Most people associate Australian whisky with Tasmania, but these awards show that great whisky is being produced in Victoria and Western Australia as well,” he said.
Starward, based in Essendon Fields in Victoria, won the single malt category and last year’s winner, the Overeem Port Cask from the Old Hobart Distillery in Tasmania, was second.