By Sacha Delfosse

Tasmania's Nant Distillery has recently opened the doors to a new whisky bar in Brisbane with the aim of introducing more people to its award winning single malts.

Nant's Whisky Cellar & Bar opened in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley at the end of last month, and according to owner Keith Batt, it provides a great platform for the distillery to share its unique story.

"To get the story across to people you can't just put it on a shelf in Dan Murphy's, you really have to ignite their interest with the story about the distillery and the farm," he said.

The venue can accommodate 50 people seated or 100 people standing. It is decked out with leather seating, marble tables, Tasmanian oak floors and decorated with deer antler chandeliers and commissioned artworks.

The centrepiece of the venue is the bar, which apart from the Nant Distillery single malts, also boasts a selection of close to 150 whiskies from across the globe. [continues below]

Batt said the new bar provides "an opportunity to have a conversation with people" and allows them to try the Nant's range and compare and contrast different whisky expressions and styles.

The cocktails on offer includes Manhattans, Ward Eights, Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds, which are all made using Nant whiskies, and there are also Nant's Flights available for people to sample the whole range.

The bar also offers a range of Tasmanian wines and beers, and all the food on the menu is sourced from Tasmania and includes quail, octopus, pâté and cured meat dishes.

"Now whisky lovers can enjoy Nant in a different location, which still reflects the peaceful and unique setting of the distillery," Batt said.

Another Nant's Whisky Cellar & Bar is set to open in Hobart's Salamanca district in December.

There has been a great deal of interest and demand from consumers and "high end venues" Batt said, since the distillery was awarded a 95.5% rating this year in the prestigious Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2012 for its Nant's American Oak Bourbon Wood Single Malt Whisky.



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