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Nant Single Malt Whisky

I first heard about Nant Whisky while on a weekend getaway in Hobart Tasmania. It was there that I went to their flagship whisky bar in Salamanca and tried their whisky for the first time. It was there that I fell in love (with this whisky) <3 <3 <3

I’m not a big whisky drinker to be honest, never have been. My dad was a scotch drinker, but for some reason it didn’t agree with me and I developed an enduring aversion, much to Dad’s disappointment.

So tagging along to Nant Whisky Bar with a single malt enthusiast I hesitated to do a whisky tasting at Nant Bar, but my sense of adventure took over none-the-less and I ordered my adult introduction to whisky, the Nant Trilogy, a flight of three ‘expressions’. Expressions, as Nant affectionately call their different whiskeys, are based on the oaked barrels they are matured in – bourbon wood, port wood, sherry wood and French oaked pinot noir wood.

From Tassie Toddler to Whisky of the World

Nant Distilling Company produces its award winning single malt whiskies at the 17th century Nant Estate, which is set in one of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes, the stunning Central Highlands of Tasmania. It is the purity of this natural environment, the ingredients it supplies and the conditions it provides for production and aging that defines this amazing whiskey. The first key factor is the premium barley used in Nant Whiskey, which has been grown at the Nant Estate for around 200 years. Secondly, it’s the purity of the water used in the processing of the barley, which is sourced from a pristine river stream that runs through the estate – follow the stream and you’ll find the River Clyde; follow the River Clyde and you’ll find a million year old glacial lake. Finally, the estate is over 1000 feet above sea level, where such a high altitude intensifies the whisky’s flavour and colour. This is due to the way the atmospheric pressure promotes contact with the timber during barrel aging.

So the story goes that what put this little Tassie on the world stage was a review by Jim Murray, Master of Malt, Icon of Whisky and creator of the prestigious Whisky Bible. Nant Distilling Company received a 95.5/100 for its American Oak Bourbon Wood Single Malt Whisky, a very rare score indeed, and ‘Liquid Gold’ Status, ranking it one of the top whiskies in the World.

Nant Whisky Bar Melbourne

Back to my experience… Sitting back in my chesterfield leather chair at Nant Bar Hobart, I was focused on the whisky and not so much the atmosphere, décor or ambiance of the bar. The only thing I could tell you is I was aware of how sophisticated and warm it was. So, I was pleased to hear they had a Nant Bar in Melbourne.

Tucked away in one of Melbourne’s historical laneways, Nant Whisky Bar has a real old worldliness about it. A blue cobblestone laneway under the wrought iron alfresco tables and chairs outside is a perfect for a summer evening. Inside it glows, literally, with golden lighting and gold interior finishing reflecting a hue consistent with the Nant “liquid gold” branding. The gold mixed with the leather and cowhide create a warm relaxing environment.

To top it off, the staff are superbly knowledgeable – the whisky world’s version of the sommelier; however, these guys were young, fresh and most of all friendly (not at all stuffy like you might expect a whisky bar to be).

Stocked with a full range of their own, of course, but also well supplied with an impressive line-up of other single malts from all around the world, Nant Whisky Bar is a whisky connoisseur’s dream. For someone like myself, it was the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of whisky.

Nant Bar Whisky Cocktails

Most people would think quality whisky is only appreciated neat and that any whisky connoisseur would balk at the very thought of a whisky cocktail, but not at Nant Whisky Bar. In fact, they have a little black book full of fantastic whisky cocktails. You can only imagine my excitement.

Nant Whisky Sour

  • 60ml Nant Singe Malt Whisky (American Oak Sherry Wood 43%)
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Red maraschino cherry and slices of lemon to garnish

A classic whisky cocktail where all ingredients are added to a cocktail shaker and shaken vigorously to foam the egg whites, then poured into an old-fashioned glass over ice and garnished.

Nant Bobby Burns

  • 40ml Nant Single Malt Whisky (French Oak Port Wood 43%)
  • 15ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 5ml Dom Benedictine
  • 2-3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • Lemon rind twist to garnish

This traditional whisky cocktail is stirred on ice and strained into a coupe cocktail glass, martini style.

Nant Distilling Company


Nant Whisky Bar Melbourne

Driver Lane, Melbourne CBD
Open Tues to Sat, 12pm to 12am

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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