A sense of place.
WE ARE A NO-FUSS COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE FARMERS, GROWERS AND PRODUCERS.
Located in Bass Strait, north east of Tasmania, Flinders Island is the largest of the Furneaux Group of islands with a population of around 900 islanders. Famous for untouched beaches with crystal clear waters and some of Australia’s greatest produce, the island has been a chef’s secret pantry for many years.
On Flinders Island we are about raw, pure, untouched basics: the way food was grown before mass production and chemical interference. We grow and farm the world’s finest beef, lamb, garlic, honey, fruit, vegetables and seafood. And of course, premium Tasmanian single malt whisky, gin and vodka.
Furneaux Distillery Co. Ltd. was born from a love of whisky and a fascination with the art of distilling. We are a new Tasmanian producer of small batch craft spirits – single malt whisky, gin and vodka being the main products. Our location, on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, off the north east coast of Tasmania, is wild, remote and breathtakingly beautiful.
After visiting Islay in the southern Hebrides off Scotland, famous for its peaty maritime drams, we realised that Flinders Island also had, in abundance, the elements to create an island-produced whisky that would speak of its maritime environment.
We use 100% Tasmanian malt barley, pure rainwater and a unique local peat which is at once earthy and briny. It is a sustainable and renewable resource which spends a good portion of the year submerged in the salt lakes and lagoons of the wild east coast of Flinders Island. We then complete the production of our spirits from start to finish at the Flinders Wharf, from the peat smoking of the barley in a mobile malt kiln to the bottling and distribution.
The Flinders Wharf is a brand new concept designed to showcase the very best of Flinders Island. The Flinders Wharf includes a bar, restaurant/café, whisky lounge, function spaces and co-working areas. It is a hub for both locals and visitors alike to experience premium Flinders Island produce, hospitality and activities. A retail outlet and providore shop, live crayfish tank and a working bee hive in the wall of the Wharf are all added extras you will find here. So not only can you pick up world class whisky, gin and vodka, but you can bring in your empty jar and fill it with local meadow honey or buy some great local or Tasmanian provisions.
In the coming season we will be growing our very first barley crop at Wickham – our working farm located Sawyers Bay on the island’s mid-west coast. Here we enjoy over 1.5km of beachfront and pastures & crops that roll gently down to meet the sea. It is envisaged that the barely we produce here will add to the “terroir” of our products, with other crops such as rye and wheat (for use in our vodka and gin) planned for the future.