Whisky Enlightenment

The Distillery - Edition 1 - Riverbourne

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The first Independent Bottling of Whisky Enlightenment is the 'The Distillery.' Edition One's cask was selected from Riverbourne and it is complex Whisky being flavoursome and superb.

It is made with the high flavoured malted barley 'Golden Promise,' which is imported from Scotland. Then distilled in the 900L Copper Potstill which is steam driven and jacketed, giving a more balanced and uniformed heat in the distilling process.

For maturing the spirit was rested in 2 x 50L Barrels matured for two years (French Oak Barrels which previously had Red Wine from the Napa Valley, California. They have been scraped, re-charred and re-coopered. Then Virgin American Oak ends are used on the heads.) These two casks were married and then finished in a 100L second fill port cask which has previously matured Rum. Here is sat for another year and smoothing this whisky nicely.

With this unique cask combination it gives a spectrum of distinguished flavours and this is why we selected this cask for you all to try.

Tasting Notes: 

Colour: Burnished Gold

Nose: Vibrant nose of golden syrup and stewed fruits

Palate: Sweet vanilla with biscuit. Sandalwood, with subtle plum and cherry.

Finish: Medium finish with the crescendo of sweetness and spice.


Distillery Riverbourne
Name The Distillery - Riverbourne Edition 1
Distilled Jul 16
Cask 2 x 50L American / French Oak (ex Red Wine) 2 Yrs, Finished in 100L Port Cask 1 Yr which had previously matured Rum
Cask Numbers 18, 19, 12 (Finishing Cask)
Bottled 01 Nov 19
Bottles 92
ABV 48.1%
Size 700ml



Riverbourne Distillery

Established in 2015 and located 50 minutes to the South East of Canberra. This remains the local distillery of Canberra and fondly Riverbourne's water is sourced from the same river which feeds Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. Martin Pye founded the Distillery and leveraging from his background as a Chemist (4th Generation) he embarked on a journey to follow his passion. His craft began distilling Rum and this led to perfecting his Whisky.

At a height of 1060 metres, this makes Riverbourne one of the highest distilleries in Australia and adds to its unique maturation. Fresh spring water is used in the production and Riverbourne remains one of the few distilleries in Australia which hand mashes their Barley. When it comes to the fermentation, Martin's deep knowledge of ester profiles and fermentation really shines above the rest. He uses a single 900 Litre Traditional Pot Still which is steam driven and jacketed. This bring a softer style of spirit by allowing balanced and uniformed heat in the boiler.

A variety of imported and local barley are used, along with a noteworthy cask selection for maturation. While nestled around the Talaganda State Forrest and Deua National Park, it feeds fresh air for maturation. However the real beauty comes in the afternoon when the sea breeze is feed up the Clyde Mountain giving a much cooler climate which optimises the maturation of Riverbourne spirit. 

With an annual production of 5,000 litres, it allows Riverbourne's artisan spirit, to remain crafted by hand and passion.


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