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Shene Estate history

Dear friends and fellow whisky lovers,

Welcome to our home. Shene Estate was once the ostentatious country residence of early colonialist Gamaliel Butler. Shene’s rich history has direct links with King George III, Governor Lachlan Macquarie and World Heritage Sites.

Today it’s a spirited place producing Tasmania’s only triple distilled whisky.

In many ways the story of Shene distillery is a simple story of a man and his dog. Meet Head Distiller David Kernke.

David is an old soul at heart and his family nickname him Rudd after Steel Rudd’s “On Our Selection”. Where there’s David, there’s Gillie (a Gaelic term for an attendant) the West Highland terrier.

Each morning, before the sun rises, this duo clicks shut the door of Shene’s Georgian farmhouse as they head for the old hayshed in the quest for making the finest Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky.

David spent his teenage years in country Queensland unearthing old bottles and artefacts from gullies and creeks. He has always had an appreciation for the past.

In the 1960’s David’s father built a bondwood caravan and drove their family of seven in their FX Holden from Queensland to Adelaide and back. It was this family road trip that began a lifelong affinity with the Australian landscape, a great love and admiration of Australian history and early Australian architecture. His first spirited adventure.

In 2006 David, wife Anne and daughter Myfanwy began the challenge of conserving the historic Shene Estate. Embarking on the challenge to produce the spirit of Shene.

Today our family distillery proudly produces whisky that has been mashed, fermented, triple distilled and matured at Shene Estate.

To this day, David still unearths broken bottles and artefacts found around the historic estate. Only now he spends his days distilling, creating and bottling Mackey Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky and Poltergeist Gin, naturally Gillie in tow.