For those who seek premium single malt whiskies, travel usually leads to the Scottish Highlands and Speyside region. Or maybe to the Hakushu or Yamazaki distilleries in Japan. But a garage in suburban Tasmania, who would of thought?
At 26, Jane Overeem has been producing whisky since she was 18. She and her father distill some of the world’s finest single malt whisky, and they do it right in the garage of their suburban home in Hobart, Tasmania.
The Overeems have already managed to achieve the distiller’s dream – score above 94 out of 100 in the ranking system used by international critic Jim Murray in his annual Whisky Bible.
Success on the global stage for a young woman like Overeem is fitting; given that single malts are no longer solely sought out by men over 50. These days buyers of premium whiskies are just as likely to be young and female.
“When I first started going to whiskey shows eight years ago, usually I was the only female,” says Overeem. “Now it’s more like 50-50 men and women.”
Overeem Old Hobart Distillery, 37 Brightwater Road, Blackmans Bay; +61 04 1839 9077