“Distilling is beautiful. It is a slow, philosophic, and silent occupation, which keeps you busy but gives you time to think…a little like riding a bike”.
Primo Levi The periodic Table (1975)
Geographe Distillery is located at the Old Coast Rd Brewery in Western Australia’s beautiful southwest region. Since establishment in 2008 we have been quietly perfecting the craft of producing premium quality spirits and liqueurs.
I arrived at distilling and in particular whisky making by accident, initially via winemaking and then brewing. I love beer (mmm…Beer!) and spend as much time brewing (and drinking) beer as making whisky. Often I find myself sampling a new brew and thinking…I wouldn’t mind chucking some of that in the still! Distilling has the effect of decreasing volume but increasing power! Having less of something often makes it more potent. The act of distilling allows the distiller to concentrate the original product and bring certain qualities into focus.
The real trick is to bring the good stuff into focus whilst removing the not so good stuff. Finally, if you’ve kept the right bits and not the wrong bits what you’re left with, after a few years spent resting in a ‘good’ cask, is whisky. Mmm…Whisky!
This current bottling is Bellwether’s fifth release. The previous four releases totalling 820 half bottles, plus a couple of limited cask strength bottlings all sold quickly.
Bellwether’s fifth release comprises 131 half bottles, is non-chill filtered and bottled at 45.8% alc. This whisky is from a dedicated single cask distilled in June 2014, and matured in small French oak ex Tawny (Aust. Port) casks. The whisky displays a lighter more golden hue than previous releases. Aromas of sweet fruit and caramel plus the obligatory peat smoke are evident. With a drop of water, the whisky opens up to reveal ripe fruit and some grassy malt. This single cask whisky was produced using predominantly heavily peated (up to 50ppm phenols) malted barley giving distinct phenolic notes of tar, and peat smoke balanced by sweet fruit flavours from the Australian tawny cask. It finishes long with sweet fruit, smoke, tar, spice, and grassy malt.
Distilled: June 2014
Bottled: April 2018
Malted Barley: Bairds heavily peated. Inverness Scotland.
Casks: 54L French oak, first fill ex-tawny, heavy char. Coopered in South Australia.
Strength: Cask 72.5%, diluted with filtered rain water to 45.8%
Filtration: Non-chill filtered, coarse filtration at bottling.
Quantity: 131 x 350ml bottles.
Beacon Gin falls into the Traditional London Dry category. It can be described as a classically ‘Juniper driven gin’ overlaid with subtle botanical and citrus influences, including local Harvey tangerine. Gin production is exacting and laborious…Firstly, the individual botanicals are carefully distilled. Each botanical spirit is then combined using a unique recipe and then finally this crude Gin is ‘married’ together during the ultimate distillation in our 800L gin still. This elegant Gin comes into its own when served in a classic Martini or mixed with your favourite tonic.
• Liquorice root
• Star anise
Handpicked Harvey lemons are painstakingly zested (I’ve got the blisters to prove it) and then, before the fragrant oils evaporate the zest is drowned in pure ethanol and macerated for six weeks. At bottling, a solution of pure sugar and filtered rainwater is added diluting the liqueur to 27% alc/vol. During dilution the citrus oils come out of solution giving the Limoncello its rich lemon flavour, beautiful colour and unique cloudy appearance. Store in the fridge or even better, the freezer. Delicious poured neat over ice and sipped or mixed with soda water for a longer drink.
For enquires or more information, please contact:
Steve Ryan: 0417 930 848
Note: In addition to the products available on this website, there are also several ‘cask direct’ spirits which are currently only available by the glass at the Old Coast Brewery located off Forestry Rd, Myalup (see map for directions).