The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2019 and Old Kempton Distillery proudly hand-crafted two Limited Edition Collection Whisky Releases to commemorate this momentous event.
Both releases made the journey from Hobart to Sydney return on the magnificent “Magic Miles” in Tasmanian Pinot Noir Casks. T
he barrels together with the crew were toasted farewell and warmly welcomed back by the Godfather of Australian Whisky, Bill Lark. To view the arrival home of this special release whisky watch this video. After arriving safely back on Tasmanian soil the whisky was bottled at our Distillery in Kempton. 

The Limited Edition releases are the first Tasmanian Whisky to make the journey as part of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Using Tasmanian barley doubled distilled through our copper pot stills and patiently matured in small oak casks, these releases deliver rich, balanced and unique flavours after their 1260 nautical mile journey.

There are only 75 bottles from each release produced. For every bottle sold a 5% donation will be made to SOLAS, Safety of Life at Sea. Bottles #1 and #75 from each release have been reserved by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. The yachting community know these whiskies are special. Bottle #1 of the “Commodore’s Release” was sold at a CYCA auction for $1500.
So, to secure your own bottle of history please scroll down.

For Every Bottle Sold a 5% Donation of the Sale Price will be donated to SOLAS. 

Safety of Life at Sea

The Safety of Life at Sea is regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchandise ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster.

The main objective of the SOLAS is to specify minimum standards for the construction, equipment and operation of ships, compatible with their safety. Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) was set up as a charitable trust in 1999 as a result of the tragic events of the 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It has donated more than $1,600,000 since that time. The objectives are to provide aid to the immediate families of those lost at sea during Australian Yachting Federation sanctioned races. To make donations and provide support to search and rescue organisation and to foster and fund research and training to improve safety and rescue procedures and equipment used in ocean races.

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