Sullivans Cove have today unveiled plans to build a new distillery and relocate to the Hobart waterfront in a major investment for Australia’s most famous distillery.
The distillery has won three outright World Whiskies Awards in the past seven years, most famously with French Oak cask HH525 which was named Whisky Of The Year in 2014 and flung Australian whisky onto the world stage.
The distillery was founded in 1994 at the Gasworks site of Sullivans Cove, a waterfront area of Hobart that is historic for European Tasmanian landings and from where the distillery takes its name. It moved to the current site in Cambridge, across the Derwent River and 15 minutes from the CBD, in 2006.
The new distillery complex, the capacity of which is yet to be revealed, will be located at the Huon Quays site and will involve the restoration of the century-old Drill Hall. It will include a revamped cellar door and museum and is expected to create additional jobs beyond the 30 already employed by the distillery.
Distillery Managing Director Adam Sable said, “Huon Quays isn’t just a picturesque location for us to create a world-class distillery and visitor experience. It’s much more significant.
“In relocating back to the Hobart waterfront at Sullivans Cove, we are coming home to where our story began almost three decades ago.”
Head Distiller Heather Tillott said that everything will be done to ensure production is not compromising during or following the relocation.
“This move enables us to not only keep doing what we’re doing, but to keep doing it better,” she said. “A move like this will be done delicately and mindfully from a production perspective, to ensure we keep the particular essence of our spirit which makes us who we are.”
In moving to the current Cambridge site Sullivans Cove changed their barrel numbering system from ‘HH’ [Highland Holdings] to ‘TD’ [Tasmania Distillery] and much industry conjecture was made about potential changes to spirit character when the post-move TD casks came to fruition.
Those casks have proven to be, anecdotally, equal in quality but superior in consistency as they’ve been bottled in the past five years.
The distillery have today also released artist impressions of what the new distillery will look like.