Kempton, Tasmania

Distiller:  Peter Bignell
Year of Establishment: 2010

Size of Estate:  1, 500 hectares (rye, oats, wheat, barley, spelt)
 

Website: http://belgrovedistillery.com.au/

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I am a sixth generation Tasmanian farmer.  About seven years ago I had harvested too much rye grain for my own use. I have an Agricultural Science degree and it seemed obvious to me that I could put this knowledge to work so I built a small Rye Whisky Distillery to value add this surplus.

 

Since then I have developed my own technique and recipes for making Whisky, as well as other spirits mostly from surpluses from other local alcohol manufactures.

 

A big part of my ethos is sustainability, from paddock to bottle. My distillery and farm run on biofuel made from waste fryer oil. The still is direct flame heated which gives the spirits much more complex flavours.

I enjoy being creative and am continually developing more products.

 

 
 

Belgrove White rye

 
% of your production
20%
Owned
Grain grown at Belgrove next to distillery
Dry grown
Soil/s
Sandy loam over clay
Varieties planted
King 2 Ryecorn
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
Several months in glass

Belgrove white devil rye

% of your production
1%
Owned
Grain grown at Belgrove next to distillery
Dry grown
Soil/s
Sandy loam over clay
Varieties planted
King 2 Ryecorn
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
At least 2 months in glass to allow mellowing
 

Belgrove rye whisky 100% aged rye

% of your production
70%
Owned
Grain grown at Belgrove next to distillery
Dry grown
Soil/s
Sandy loam over clay
Varieties planted
King 2 Ryecorn
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
Vatted French and American oak Ex Tasmanian single malt barrels for 2.5 to 3 years
 

Belgrove rye whisky cask strength

% of your production
5%
Owned
Grain grown at Belgrove next to distillery
Dry grown
Soil/s
Sandy loam over clay
Varieties planted
King 2 Ryecorn
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
French oakex pinot barrels for 3 years

Apple hatchet

% of your production
2%
 
Collaborative project with various Tasmanian cider producers
 
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
Various ex rye whisky barrels for 1 year

Ginger Hammer

% of your production
2%
 
Fresh ginger root from Queensland
 
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
At least 2 months in glass to allow mellowing

Black rye coffee liqueur

% of your production
10%
 
Winemaking Tas supply the base for Grappa, Rye grown at Belgrove. Coffee, sugar, spices from wholesalers.
 
 
Distillation
Belgrove White Rye and Grappa double distilled
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
More than 1 months in glass

Pommeau

% of your production
2%
 
 Collaborative project with "Lost Pippin" Tasmanian cider producer
 
 
Distillation
Double copper pot (Alembic, ie no plates)
600 litre still
Aging
French oak, ex pinot for 1 year