Cape Byron Distillery's first whisky is finally here
Cape Byron Distillery's first whisky is finally here

Cape Byron Distillery’s first whisky ready for a delicious debut

Cape Byron Distillery has been teasing its foray into the wonderful world of whisky for many years now – we enjoyed a delicious first taste during our visit to the B-Corp rated distillery back in April – but the time has finally arrived for its first single malt release.

A blend of Scottish heritage with Northern Rivers ingredients and collaborations, Cape Byron ‘The Original’ Australian Single Malt Whisky and Cape Byron Chardonnay Cask Australian Single Malt Whisky will be available from September 1.

Attendees can share a few drams and enjoy pre-access to the first release.
Attendees can share a few drams and enjoy pre-access to the first release.

To honour the occasion, Master Distiller and Co-founder Jim McEwan, along with Co-founder and Distiller Eddie Brook will be celebrating with a series of exclusive events.

Often referred to as ‘The Cask Whisperer, McEwan has picked up numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, inspiring generations of distillers and blenders – not to mention a lot of whisky fans too – through his tenures with Scotland’s Islay distilleries Bowmore, Bruichladdich, and Ardnahoe, and now Australia at Cape Byron Distillery.

Tickets to the events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Cape Byron’s tasting room near Byron Bay, are $85 and available through the Cape Byron Distillery website.

Cape Byron Distillery is based in the lush Byron Shire Hinterland.
Cape Byron Distillery is based in the lush Byron Shire Hinterland.

After kicking off with a Brookie’s Gin and tonic, attendees can expect plenty of witty banter and cheeky tales from the dynamic duo, as well as a chance to share a few drams and enjoy priority access to the first bottles before they’re released to the general public.

“We’re so excited to finally share Cape Byron Single Malt Whisky with Australian whisky fans and to showcase the range in such a meaningful and intimate setting. These events are a whisky lover’s dream and Jim McEwan is such an inspiring figure in our industry,” says Brook.

“For Jim to be able to share not only the story of our distilling journey, but his wealth of knowledge, is something unmissable for the whisky community. We are also going to have a tonne of fun and many laughs, so a night to truly remember!”

Eddie Brook and Jim McEwan are ready to release their debut whisky to the public.
Eddie Brook and Jim McEwen are ready to release their debut whisky to the public.

Cape Byron’s Australian Single Malt whisky will be available in premium independent liquor retailers and whisky and cocktail bars nationally from 1st September 2O22.

Signup to the exclusive waitlist at capebyrondistillery.com for early post-launch access.

From surfing mecca to spirit powerhouse, Byron Shire and its surrounds have become a mecca for distillers in recent years, with Cape Byron Distillery, Winding Road Distillery, Husk Distillers and Cabarita Spirits just a handful of the noteworthy offerings.

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Chris Ashton

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Written by Chris Ashton