A Spirited Endeavour
It started as most great ideas do: with interest.
John Wielstra had always appreciated and been interested in whisky.
After watching the progress of Tasmania’s whisky greats Bill Lark and Sullivan’s Cove’s Patrick Maguire, that interest was sufficiently piqued.
He began tinkering around on a still that his wife, Karen, and daughters Emily and Claire bought him for his birthday.
“I started playing about, just with some simple ingredients and became more and more interested in it and I thought ‘I could do this’,” Mr Wielstra said.
“When I started I was a big novice, so for two years I was reading, working and going to lots of places and asking a lot of different questions.”
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