Hartshorn Distillery in Tasmania produces vodka and gin made from sheep whey (a by-product of cheese creation), would you drink it?
Hartshorn Distillery is a new Tasmanian micro distillery making boutique batches of Vodka and Gin from their own sheep whey. Hartshorn are the first in the world to create this unique product.
Hartshorn are proud to be the smallest distillery in Australia making small 10 bottle batches using a 50L glass column still. Each bottle and label is hand painted by head distiller Ryan so you can display it proudly amongst your collection. All the spirits are unfiltered meaning you can enjoy a spirit with more character and complexity.
Ryan and his family run Grandvewe Cheeses in Birchs Bay located deep in Tasmania’s south. When making cheese, the whey is often discarded and put to little use. Ryan has spent the last two years discovering how to turn the complex sugars held within the whey protein and convert them into a basic sugars to then ferment into alcohol and eventually distil. The resulting distillate has a delicately sweet bouquet and extremely smooth finish, thanks to the dairy influence and traditional ageing methods.
Watch the video below where Ryan Hartshorn does a masterclass on his gin and vodka at the Barbershop Sydney.