WE TAKE PRIDE IN CRAFTING HIGH-QUALITY whisky and spirits utilising THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES
MASHING, FERMENTING, DISTILLING, AGEING AND BOTTLING ALL HAPPENS AT OUR YACKANDANDAH DISTILLERY
We fired up our still for the first time in January 2018 and the first casks of our Single Malt and Rye Whisky have started the maturation process. While we patiently wait for the whisky, we have a couple of surprises up our sleeve so you can start getting to know what Backwoods Distilling Co. is all about. Stay tuned for the first releases later this year.
THE STAR OF OUR DISTILLERY IS OUR COPPER POT STILL. 'STILLVESTER STILLONE' IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATION
Stillvester was built by Mark Burns of Burns Welding and Fabrication in Griffith, NSW. Together, we purposefully designed the 1200L Stillvester to create a spirit that is both complex and smooth.
Stillvester’s custom-designed features include an enlarged hemisphere on the neck and an angled lyne arm. We want to ensure the vapour has to work hard to reach the condenser, to maximise copper contact. The condenser, with its 26 stainless steel baffles and six copper plates, rapidly cools the vapour and converts it back to liquid.
The resulting character of the new make spirit is one that contains complexity of flavours and a smoothness, ready to be barrelled in its chosen cask to continue the flavour journey.
WE USE BARLEY AND RYE GRAIN SOURCED FROM ARTISAN MALTSERS IN THE NEARBY RIVERINA REGION
Voyager Craft Malt produces small batch artisanal malts from its own locally grown and regionally sourced seasonal grains in the Riverina NSW.
The Voyager crew specialise in growing and malting hand-crafted malts from a diverse range of premium quality grain.
We mash the grain in our custom-built mash tun, upcycled from a reclaimed milk vat. We then pump this into the fermenter - another reclaimed piece - where we add the speciality yeast and then leave it to ferment for a minimum of five days.
as a small batch distillery we use a diverse selection of barrels and wood types that means every batch will be unique
We bottle from single casks and do not blend our barrels. We want each barrel to be appreciated for its individual complexities. Our current barrel collection includes reclaimed red wine and fortified wine barrels.
While honouring the traditional processes of whisky making, we are a craft distillery and aim to push the boundaries to create innovative whisky experiences, so look out for a few surprises.