Find McHenry Distillery at site 243 at Salamanca Market each Saturday. This stall is located towards the silos end of the market on the Salamanca Lawns side.
About the distillery
Located in the deep south of Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula, close to the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. The distillery draws its water from one of a number of springs, which are fed by the pure clean rain that sweeps off the Southern Ocean. The cool, moist environment at the distillery lends itself to slow ageing of the golden nectar.
What is it like to run a whisky distillery?
Making whisky is a creative process and it is wonderful to be surrounded by the beautiful ingredients and people that help us create some of the most sort after whisky in the world.
What makes your whisky so special?
The fact that we are the only distillery with our own abundant springs directly behind the distillery is very special. The soft sweet water from the spring makes the heart of the whisky we make, and when you think about the whisky you drink, often the most abundant ingredient is the water, so its source and purity is critical.
What whisky do you make?
We make both an unpeated and peated whisky. The peated whisky is still maturing and will be ready in about 3-5 years, but at the moment we are releasing both American oak and French oak matured whisky.
Why do you like about having a stall at Salamanca Market?
Every week is different, the weather, the people...
What is your market best seller?
Our Old Stables Whisky, Solera Cask Whisky and Lavender Malt Liqueur. People love how smooth and well-crafted our small batch whiskies are.
Our new release - Southern Cross series has been a real winner and we are to release the last in the series, Ginan, in Whisky Week. Ginan is the smallest and fifth star in the Southern Cross series. The previous 4 have been runaway successes and have all sold out rather quickly.
What's the best driving route to your cellar door at the distillery?
Head to Port Arthur along the Tasman Highway and loop back through Koonya on the way home.