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I have just spent the last 4 days in Hobart doing the IBD General Certificate in Distilling course. This was the 1st time it's been held in Australia. The course was arranged by Anne Gidley from the Tasmanian Whisky Academy in conjunction with IBD Asia Pacific. Alan Barclay came out from Scotland to present the 4 days.
Around 30 distillers, or want to be distillers attended, making it a great networking event. Topics ranged from raw materials through mashing, distilling, waste management, flavour control, quality management etc.
As well as classroom tuition we went to the Charles Oates distillery, the Hobart brewery and the McHenry distillery. A highlight was a dinner with Bill Lark, the patriach of the modern Australian distilling movement.
There was some product sampling - for educational purposes of course. ;)
I would thoroughly recommend the IBD course and those provided by Anne through the Tasmanian Whisky Academy, so if you get a chance to do them - don't hesitate.
Here are a few pics including McHenry's new crystal dragon in action next to their wash still (1000 or 1500l - cant recall which) & the lovely Alembic at Willie Smiths / Charles Oates that they use to make a lovely apple brandy.