Sullivan’s Cove wins at 2018 World Whiskies Awards

27 March, 2018 by Andy Young

Sullivan’s Cove has won another major global accolade after being named as the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt whisky at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards.

The Sullivan’s Cove American Oak Single Cask HH0351 collected the award, while the distillery’s Double Cask expression was named as the Best Australian Single Malt. There was also a gold medal for the Sullivan’s Cove Winter Feast 2017. Other Australian medal winners at the awards included a gold medal for Hellyers Road Slightly Peated, a silver medal for Limeburners Darkest Winter and a bronze medal for Limeburners Sherry Cask Strength.


Sullivan’s Cove Managing Director, Adam Sable, was understandably delighted with the win.

“These awards are incredible recognition of our dedicated and passionate team, and reinforce that Tasmania is one of the world’s best whisky making regions,” he said.

“To be crowned World’s Best at The World Whiskies Awards again is a wonderful honour. The distillery was in competition with over one thousand brands from around the globe, so it’s a fantastic achievement for us and Tasmania,” said Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller.

American Oak cask HH0351 was distilled in June 2000 and decanted in January 2017, making it 16 years and 5 months old. It was matured in a 200L American Oak ex-bourbon barrel and produced only 136 bottles.

Sullivans Cove Distillery was established in 1994, and is the second oldest whisky distillery in Tasmania. Its single malt whiskies are made from 100% Tasmanian malted barley and Tasmanian mountain water. The whiskies are double distilled in their unique, Tasmanian-built pot still and allowed to mature in full size casks over several years in the rare Tasmanian climate.

Other key winners on the night included:

  • World’s Best Single Malt – Hakushu 25 Years Old
  • Best Scotch Campbeltown Single Malt – Glen Scotia Campbeltown 1832
  • Best Scotch Lowlands Single Malt – Glenkinchie 12 Years Old
  • Best Scotch Highlands Single Malt – The GlenDronach Parliment Aged 21 Years Old
  • Best Scotch Speyside Single Malt – Benromach 15 Years Old
  • Best Scotch Islands (non Islay) Single Malt – The Arran Malt 18 Years Old
  • Best Scotch Islay Single Malt – Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old