This week Husk Distillers commissioned their newly installed Forsyths copper pot still, the first to be shipped from Scotland to Australia, marking a maturing of the craft distilling industry in Australia.
Forsyths have been serving the Scottish whisky industry since the 1890s and is revered as one of the world’s leading still makers.
“We chose Forsyths because of their vast knowledge and experience and ability to customise a still to meet our requirements,” said Husk Distillers founder Paul Messenger.
The Australian craft spirits industry has developed rapidly in the last 5 years but is probably still about 5 years behind the US and UK where there is a growing trend toward farm distilleries.
“These farm or estate distilleries represent the pinnacle in craft distilling where everything is done on the farm from growing the crop, be it barley for whisky or sugar cane for rum, to brewing, distilling, maturing and bottling,” says Messenger.
Third generation still maker Richard Forsyth said, “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the team at Husk and we can now claim to have Forsyth stills producing fine spirits in every corner of the globe.”
With the commissioning of their new 6000L still aptly christened ‘Fat Bastard’ after the Scottish character in the Austin Powers films, Husk Distillers join the likes of Glenlivet, Yamakazi, Patron, Woodford Reserve, Appleton Estate and Glenfiddich, all of which use Forsyth stills to create the smooth, iconic character of their spirits.
The Scottish connection was further strengthened after meeting William “Buzz” Hutcheson at Diageo’s Cardhu distillery. After 28 years as head distiller at Cardhu, Buzz retired on Christmas eve 2017 and two weeks later was in Tumbulgum helping install the new still.
“There’s no making a good spirit without a good still, and in my opinion Forsyth are the best of the best,” said Hutcheson. “You can’t say better than that.”