National Showcase: Discover local craftsmanship in Tasmania

For this month’s National Showcase, we venture to the southernmost point of Australia into the picturesque island state of Tasmania.  

Join us as we collaborate with Parliamentarians to bring you the unique stories behind Tasmanian products, celebrating the artisans and businesses that define this remarkable region.  

Discover the exceptional craftsmanship and quality that make Tasmania a standout in this June's National Showcase. 

 

SLOE GIN BY MCHENRY DISTILLERY (PORT ARTHUR) 

Brought to you by Australia’s southernmost whisky distillery, McHenry Distillery presents its exceptional Sloe Gin.  

Unlike ordinary offerings, this gin features handpicked sloe berries harvested by distillery staff from around Tasmania, steeped in their award-winning classic gin for 18 months. This process sets it apart from many sloe gins, which often rely on imported berries or synthetic flavours and colourants. 

This winter, elevate your experience by pairing McHenry's Sloe Gin with warmed mulled cloudy apple juice. It's ideal for sipping around a cozy campfire. 

 

ISLAND COAST VODKA BY ISLAND COAST SPIRITS (MARGATE) 

Island Coast Vodka, handcrafted and small-batch distilled, showcases the pristine waters of Tasmania for unmatched purity. This wheat-based spirit, refined through traditional copper pot stills and active carbon filtration, delivers a clean, crisp taste perfect for any cocktail. 

Established in 2021, Island Coast Spirits is a proud Tasmanian small business dedicated to premium spirits. Their vodka- a standout in their portfolio- won a Gold Medal at the 2023 World Vodka Awards and a Silver Medal at the 2023 Tokyo Spirit Awards, highlighting its exceptional quality. 

 

TRACE THROW IN CHARCOAL IN WAVERLEY MILLS (LAUNCESTON) 

For 150 years, Waverley Mills has been crafting Australia's finest textiles at their historic weaving mill on the banks of Distillery Creek in Launceston, Tasmania. As the last mill of their kind in Australia, they proudly spin, weave, and finish each textile onsite.  

Their Trace Throw, made from 100% natural fiber recycled yarn, elevates any space with sustainable comfort. Crafted with robust yet soft 22-micron merino wool, these throws are perfect for cozying up indoors and durable enough for outdoor use. 

 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN SOLID PERFUME IN WILDERNESS LAB (CLAUDE ROAD) 

Inspired by the enchanting scents of Cradle Mountain's trees, snowfall, and wildflowers, this 100% natural vegan moisturising balm captures the essence of Tasmania.  

Blended with essential oils, it offers a long-lasting fragrance with delightful top notes of wintergreen, middle notes of rosewood, and base notes of patchouli, frankincense, sandalwood, and cedarwood.  

Produced by Wilderness Lab, this solid perfume features premium local ingredients that are ethical, safe for the skin, and ultimately inspired by Tasmania's natural beauty. 

 

OLD KEMPTON FLAGSHIP GIFT SET BY OLD KEMPTON DISTILLERY (KEMPTON) 

Experience the essence of Old Kempton Distillery with their flagship gift set, featuring their best spirits on offer, accompanied by a small Glencairn whiskey glass. 

Crafted at the heritage-listed Dysart House using traditional methods and local Tasmanian ingredients, Old Kempton Distillery prides itself on its artisanal approach. This gift set highlights their journey into becoming the distillery they are today from Lavender Malt Liqueur, with its fresh lavender and malt notes, to their first gin- the Embezzler, and finally to the rich, toffee-malt flavours of The Old Stables Whisky. 

 

ANVERS TRUFFLE SELECTION GIFT BOX BY ANVERS CONFECTIONERY (LATROBE) 

Indulge in Anvers' six most popular handmade chocolates, featuring ganache, strawberry, hazelnut, rum-raisin, and Cointreau flavours. Made with luxurious couverture chocolate and fresh Tasmanian dairy, each piece is a delight. 

Anvers Confectionery, renowned for its traditional Belgian craftsmanship, creates award-winning truffles, fudges, and specialty chocolates in the historic Wyndarra Lodge which hosts over 160,000 visitors a year. Their creamy, whipped truffle is a highlight, perfect as a gift for that special someone.  

 

 

BOBBIE™ THE BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER HEAT PACK BEAR BY BRIDESTOWE LAVENDER ESTATE (NABOWLA) 

Bobbie™ the Bear, filled with pure Australian lavender and wheat, is perfect for staying warm on cold nights and soothing sore muscles with its removable microwavable heat pack. 

Bobbie™ is one of many Lavender products made right at Bridestowe Lavender Estate. The estate has beautiful lavender fields, some of the most photographed spots around, where visitors can stroll through the scenic purple fields. 

 

 

SALTED CARAMEL COFFEE LIQUEUR BY HELLFIRE BLUFF DISTILLERY (BOOMER BAY) 

Hellfire Bluff Distillery produces a range of gins and liqueurs, focusing on quality ingredients to create small-batch, craft spirits.  

Their Hellfire range have won awards both locally and internationally with one of their standouts being their Salted Caramel Coffee Liqueur. Made with rich dark caramel and sea salt from Tasmania's east coast, it offers a a full-bodied flavour pairing perfectly with the chocolately notes from the coffee beans. 

Enjoy it over ice, in a salted caramel espresso martini, or as a delicious addition to an affogato. 

 

 

NATURAL TRUFFLE OIL BY THE TRUFFLEDORE (LOWER BARRINGTON) 

A mild olive oil infused with freeze-dried truffle and natural truffle essence, free from synthetic aromas. This oil packs a punch of flavor, making it perfect for rich dishes like cheesy pastas, pizzas, and creamy risottos. 

The Truffledore is a boutique truffle farm in the foothills of Cradle Mountain, an ideal spot for growing French Black Winter Truffles. They offer fresh truffles, truffle products, farm stay accommodations, and authentic small-group experiences such as their popular Truffle Hunt and Harvest Lunch in winter. 

 

 

RUBY BERRIES & CREAM CHOCOLATE BY FEDERATION CHOCOLATE (RICHMOND) 

Chocolate block packaging with the words 'Federation Chocolate' and 'Ruby Berries & Cream'.

Indulge in the delectable taste of Ruby Berries & Cream chocolate, a handmade chocolate block crafted with care by Federation Artisan Chocolate.  

This iconic Tasmanian chocolate brand, with a legacy spanning over 30 years, is known for its commitment to quality and sustainability. Owners Maurice and Helen Curtis oversee the entire production process, from selecting ethical cacao growers to meticulously crafting each bar. They take pride in their chocolate's journey from cacao bean to finished product, ensuring a rich and creamy experience with every bite. 

 
 

WOODEN SALAD SERVERS BY HASA DESIGN (HOBART) 

Set of 2 wooden salad servers

Elevate your dining experience with these exquisite handcrafted wooden salad servers made from sustainable sourced Huon pine. Perfect for tossing salads, these utensils make serving and mixing food a breeze, eliminating the need for your hands.  

Crafted with care by Hasa Design, a Tasmanian timber wares company that takes pride in sourcing timber either from plantations or from fallen trees within specifically nominated areas. 

 

 

MIXED STUD EARRINGS BY HIGHHORSE (NORTH HOBART) 

4 mismatched earrings in various shapes and colours on backing card

Add a touch of artistic flair to your ensemble with these stunning mixed stud earrings by HIGHHORSE. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these earrings feature four artfully composed studs, offering single, multiple, or variable mismatched wear options.  

 Each piece is intricately designed and handmade by Hobart-based maker and illustrator, Helena Shipway. Using coloured pencil and lightweight acrylic, Helena hand-draws and cuts each item to create unique and vibrant accessories.  

 

 

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