Today we look at trends and forecasts on whisky and sake, as well as diving Down Under... Down Under to discover the story behind Tasmania’s multi awarded Sullivan’s Cove Whisky. Our guests, Patrick Maguire, Master Distiller and Eduardo Dingler, Certified Sake Professional have a wealth of knowledge we are looking forward to tapping!
Certified Sake Professional
Eduardo Dingler was introduced to the world of sake nearly a decade ago. It began as a casual curiosity that, fostered by mentors, has grown exponentially. Eduardo Dingler is a Professional Sake, Wine, and Spirits Judge both in the US and Japan, and a Certified Sake Professional. He has led beverage programs for the Morimoto Restaurant Group throughout the world but most importantly he is a passionate Sake Ambassador. His love for this beverage has taken him to Japan several times with an ever expanding curiosity to explore the culture, gastronomy and, of course, Sake Breweries throughout the country.
Patrick is the man behind the world’s best single malt whisky. Descended from convicts on both sides of his family and born and raised in Tasmania, he is a true representation of the Tassie spirit. One of the founding fathers of the Tasmanian whisky industry, his passion and vision has survived countless ups and downs. He does everything from rolling barrels to judging international whisky competitions, and still chooses every barrel of Sullivans Cove by hand.
Sullivans Cove Distillery was established in 1994 at its original location at the old brickworks at Sullivans Cove, making it the second oldest whisky distillery in Tasmania. In the early days, the reputation of Sullivans Cove was poor to say the least, but in 1999 new ownership vastly improved the quality of the whisky being produced.
In 2004, the distillery moved to its current location in Cambridge and head distiller Patrick Maguire took over distillation and cask selection. By 2007, Sullivans Cove started to gain international recognition with our American Oak winning Best Other Malt (whiskies outside of Scotland) at the World Whiskies Awards and Liquid Gold (95/100) in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
In 2014 when the French Oak cask HH0525 was named Best Single Malt Whisky in the World by the World Whiskies Awards, both the little distillery, and the Tasmanian whisky industry as a whole, shot to international acclaim. They have been trying to keep up ever since. With a new generation of keen young distillers now bringing their passion for Tassie whisky to the table, Sullivans Cove continues as Australia's premier single malt whisky distillery.