Redlands Distillery has a new home in Kempton, suitably set up in a grand coaching inn. Dysart House was built in 1842 by convict embezzler turned innkeeper, William Ellis, and was one of the finest inns on the road from Hobart to Launceston, where weary travelers and their horses could rest overnight. The convict brick stables, once home to 22 horses, now houses Redlands’ Tasmanian-made copper still.
The main residence is open to the public, housing their fully-stocked cellar door and whisky tasting rooms. The country-style kitchen serves up Devonshire tea, coffee and daily specials to accompany your selection of Tasmanian spirits. The chef’s main focus is local produce, with all ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. The cellar door has two large charmingly-restored rooms located in the main manor house, so sit and relax while you enjoy some home-cooked treats from the kitchen. The cellar door offers a wide variety of tastings of both Redlands Distillery products and other Tasmanian and Australian boutique spirits and wines. Tours run daily and include an informative movie which covers the history of whisky in Tasmania and the process of whisky making.
VISIT: 26 Main Street, Kempton
Words & Images from the book: Tailored Tasmania 2
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