The Daly family first planted potatoes in the South East of Tasmania over 30 years ago and have become one of Australia’s leading potato farmers, even winning Australian Farmer of the Year in 2019.
The Daly’s family were looking for ways to diversify the business and showcase their produce. Inspired by Chase Distillery in the UK, also farmers who turned their potatoes into booze they launched Hellfire Bluff Distillery.
This was Hellfire Distillery’s first release and it’s no mean feat. Making spirit from potatoes can be an arduous and messy business, but the resulting spirit is deliciously creamy and full of character. The vodka was awarded a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2022 and Best Australian Varietal Vodka at the World Vodka Awards, 2022.
Ruby Daly is at the helm of the distillery business and her ambitious plans lead to the range of Hellfire Spirits expanding into gin.
The gins have each won many awards, but it’s the Summer Gin that has really captivated judges around the world. It’s earned gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2022), World Gin Awards (2021 AND country winner), and the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (2021).
Summer gin is a beautifully balanced spirit featuring Brown Boronia Flower, Tasmanian leatherwood Honey, Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berries, Sarsaparilla Root. If you like your gins on the light and floral side, this is definitely a gin to seek out.
Being an Australian farmer is a challenging business. You are at the mercy of the weather, rising costs and the needs of the big grocery chains.
This year the Daly potato crop has been decimated by the rain and for the first time won’t be able to meet suppliers orders. Why not buy a bottle of something delicious to support them?