Caroline Simmons pours a glass of Timboon s highly acclaimed whisky. THE whisky of Timboon has gone from an illegal substance in the 1890s to a revered drop featured in an international whisky bible.
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The Timboon distillery scored 93 points out of 100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012 for the August 2008 small batch of port barrel aged whisky.

Timboon Railway Shed Distillery owner Tim Marwood said to be recognised out of 4500 whiskies around the world was a proud achievement.

“There really aren’t many that get above the 90s,” he said.

“We consider ourselves to be a nano distillery.”

Mr Marwood said the small barrel distillery was a testament to the result and had ensured the whisky had a developed character and complexity.

He said using smaller barrels meant there was a smaller surface area which assisted quickening the process.

“We’ve certainly applied a traditional Scottish formula for our single malt process,” he said.

“It’s such a high points score considering we’re such a small handmade distillery.”

Mr Marwood said Timboon’s notorious distiller during the 1890s, Tom Delaney, had a reputation for producing high quality whisky and he wanted to acknowledge it.

“We did set up to emulate that process and celebrate that history,” he said.

“Tom Delaney was producing the best whisky going around in the colony.

“It’s a nice parallel.”

Out of the 42 Australian distilleries entered, the Timboon distillery received the third highest score.

Last year the distillery received an 85 out of 100 for its May 2008 distilled whisky.

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