Located on the beautiful island state of Tasmania, we are a producer of premium gin and whisky. Our ethos is to maintain the standard that was set by the founders of Tasmanian distilling and has seen Tasmanian whisky and gin recognised worldwide for its quality.
Our distillery is located in country Tasmania and situated on a working farm that has been in the same family for six generations. The story of how we came to be where we are is one of country helpfulness that reminds us that this area was settled and became prosperous (in colonial times) by such generosity.
We are looking forward to contributing to the agritourism future of Rayburn farm. Already, many weddings and special events are celebrated, with some Nonesuch gin or whisky, in "The Barn" on Rayburn Farm. The Tasmanian South East farming area has real significance for us as our founder, Rex Burdon, has family links tracing back to the first settlers here. One of his ancestors traveled by horse and cart to Sorell in order to sign the temperance pledge so we wonder what he would make of a descendent who creates whisky and gin.
Nonesuch Distillery was established in 2015 by Rex after a chance meeting with Bill Lark. Bill is recognised as the godfather of Australian Distilling and his enthusiasm for taking Rex's idea and making it reality soon had us designing a distillery and ordering a still. Invaluable assistance and guidance also came from gin maker William McHenry.
Initially we decided that Nonesuch Distillery would be a dedicated gin distillery as we were keen to create gins that spoke of "place" by using some local botanicals alongside the more traditional ingredients. This saw us develop our Sloe Gin using sloes from old hedgerows around the state.
As a small, family distillery it was a case of "all hands to the wheel" and Rex's partner, Annette Lodewikus, left her job to take on whatever tasks needed doing such as bottling, labeling, all the dreaded bookwork and conducting tastings to name a few.
Two years later, Chris joined his dad and Annette at the distillery and bought with him a passion to create Nonesuch whisky. Again we benefited from the experience of longer established distillers. Mathew Cooper was a font of knowledge and he was happy to share that knowledge with us. Chris' dedication, research and passion has resulted in the creation of Nonesuch Single Malt and the distinctive Nonesuch Single Grain whiskies.
As a craft operation we know we can never compete on price with the huge distilleries so we simply have to compete on quality and by creating gin and whisky with amazing flavour profiles that are unique and memorable.
We only ever produce small batches of our products. That way we ensure that every batch receives the level of attention required to craft it to perfection.