It’s been an incredible year for us at Sullivans Cove, so we’d like to take the chance to say thank you for all your support, and to reflect on our achievements in 2018.
Topping this list was winning “World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt” for a 16 year old bottling of our American Oak (Cask HH0351) at the World Whiskies Awards. Following this, we broke the record for the highest price ever paid for an Australian whisky, just under $12,000, and were able to donate all of the proceeds to charity. As our second major global award after being named “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2014, this year’s win solidifies Sullivans Cove’s position as one of the most highly-awarded whisky distilleries in the world.
Our other major milestone was our Head Distiller Patrick Maguire’s induction into the global Whisky Hall of Fame. This was a huge moment both for him personally and for us as a distillery. Pat is only the second Aussie ever inducted, and it places him among a small group of the most influential whisky personalities in the world.
Sullivans Cove successfully launched two new products with our XO Single Cask and XO Double Cask brandies that are already winning international awards both for taste and design. We’ve also launched a new series of limited edition whiskies beginning with our American Oak Tawny release, and we’ve made an incredible collaboration whisky with Melbourne bar Whisky Alement, all of which were huge successes.
We’ve also had fantastic events and tastings across Australia, the UK and Singapore, partnering with some of the most respected whisky bars and retailers in each country. Our friends in the industry have been making good use of Sullivans Cove barrels, too, with barrel-aged beer from Last Rites, cider from Willie Smiths, and even chocolate from Loving Earth hitting the market in 2018.
At the distillery, our Cellar Door team have done an amazing job making our tours and tastings more interactive and engaging, and we continue to see more visitors from Australia and overseas every day. If you’ve never been to the distillery, or if it’s been a couple of years since you’ve had a chance to visit, we’d love to have you around for a whisky or two in 2019.
There’s even been a few new additions to the Sullivans Cove family with several of our team welcoming new babies this year, so huge congratulations to them. We’re building the next generation of distillers both figuratively and literally around here!
Next year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Sullivans Cove, another incredible milestone both for us and the Australian whisky industry as a whole. You can expect to see big celebrations and a couple of very special whisky launches, as well as plenty of fun projects, events and improvements.
Wishing you all the very best this holiday season, and from all of us to you, thank you!
The Sullivans Cove Team