“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 more time brewing and drinking beer (occupational hazard) than making whisky (sigh), but sometimes a particular brew may strike me as sort of unfinished. Occasionally I find myself sampling a new brew and thinking…I wouldn’t mind chucking some of that in the still! After all, having less of something can make it more potent. Distilling has that ability, it allows the distiller to not only concentrate the product but also bring certain qualities into focus.
The real trick is to bring the nice stuff into focus whilst removing the nasty stuff. Then hopefully, if you’ve kept the right bits and got rid of the wrong bits what you’re left with (after a few years spent lazing around in a ‘good’ cask) is whisky. (mmm…Whisky!).
Bellwether’s long awaited first release. Enhanced maturation in small casks meant the whisky was well and truly ready for bottling as a 5 year old. The colour is a deep amber, with a rich nose and palate displaying ripe fruit, oak, peat smoke and port influences from the cask. The whisky finishes medium/long with lingering peat smoke.
Distilled: June 2011
Bottled: Oct 2015
Malted Barley: Bairds medium peated (phenols 8-15ppm) Inverness Scotland
Cask: 64L French oak, first fill ex-port, heavy char. Coopered in South Australia
Strength: Cask 71%, Bottled @ 40.8% alc/vol
Filtation: Non-chill filtered
Quantity: 228 x 350ml bottles
Sorry… Release No.1 has SOLD OUT!
Bellwether’s second release. Maturation in quarter casks meant this whisky was ready for bottling in just 3 years. This limited bottling is a blend taken from four distinct single casks. The colour is a light mahogany with aromas of dried fruit, cloves and smoke. The palate has a more pronounced spiciness than the First Release and displays dark fruit, oak, peat phenolics and port influences for the cask. No filtration and protracted de-flocking gives a creamier mouthfeel. Whilst increasing the ABV to 43% sees the whisky finish longer with lingering spice, oak and peat smoke.
Distilled: August 2013
Bottled: September 2016
Malted Barley: Bairds medium/heavily peated (phenols 15- 50ppm) Inverness Scotland
Cask: 55L French oak, first fill ex-port, heavy char. Coopered in South Australia
Strength: Cask 69%, Bottled @ 43% alc/vol
Filtation: Non-chill filtered
Quantity: 142 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.
Sorry… SOLD OUT! But more on the way.
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).