Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery

McHenry Distillery rests on the side of Mount Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula.

Mount Arthur stands sentinel over Port Arthur and this great southern port, with its deep harbour, opens southward onto the Great Southern Ocean. Port Arthur is a welcome sight to weary mariners, who having entered, can look back and imagine the South Pole due south of them, separated by 5,000km of mountainous salty brine.

There’s nothing quite like the cool purity of air found in this part of the world. It wraps around the globe on the latitude 43°, leaving South America without crossing another land mass, until it eventually finds its way to the southern tip of Tasmania some 17,000km later. In that time the wave whipped ocean has stripped out all but the distant memory of man’s influence.

McHenry Distillery is Australia’s southern-most whisky distillery and with its family heritage makes it the southernmost family run distillery in the world.  Its location takes advantage of the cool-moist-maritime environment, giving the maturing spirit the right conditions to make the most of its time in the wooden barrels. The property also has its own abundant pure spring water which becomes the heart of the developing spirit.

McHenry Distillery has been producing this traditional English Style Gin since 2012.  Using Sloe Berries foraged around the lane ways and back roads of Tasmania and then steeped in our Classic Gin for over 12 months, this gin has become Tasmania’s most popular Sloe Gin.

At harvest time it has become a tradition for all workers at McHenry Distillery to help with the Sloe Berry harvest.  This ensures we only use the best berries available and we can collect the large quantities required to ensure that the Sloe Gin is always full in fruit flavour and rich in colour.

Sloe paste is made from berries that were once used to make the McHenry Sloe Gin. Everybody has heard of Sloe gin, many of you have even tasted the fantastic flavour of it. Did you know that after the berries were soaked in the Gin for 18 months they used to be tossed in the compost? Now they are taken to Lean to Kitchen. They have a little water, sugar and vanilla added and lovingly cooked down over many hours to make this mouth-watering paste.

Sloe paste is a perfect accompaniment with cold meat and cheese platters, as a spread for your toast of a morning, to glaze a ham, you can even add it to a little hot water and make a drink from it. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Why don’t you try some of this today? I did and now I have some with all my platters.


McHenry Distillery's Sloe Paste is available on Pure Foods Tasmania's online store during November 2020 as a limited offer

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