Distilled from Wilmot Hills apple cider and then barrel aged for three and a half years in French Oak
Todd and Bert started working on some new Retiring products earlier in the year for Destination Cellars five year anniversary. They wanted to create some drinks that embodied the spirit of Wilmot Hills - both the people and the place. This year's challenges have meant that the products have been delayed, but they are ready now and we are really excited to show them to you as part of Destination Cellars five year celebration.
On October 12th 2020 the founders of Wilmot Hills Distillery John and Ruth Cole left this earth with dignity in view of mountains that they loved.
During his life John sought little recognition for his achievements although I consider him to be a pioneer in Tasmania with respect to geographical identity orchard and garden to bottle craft distillation.
To honour this legacy and place I have produced special bottlings of four unique spirits each with connections to Wilmot and expressing my particular interests that were encouraged by John and Ruth.
“The Retiring” Spirits
”The Retiring “ POMME - "Thirty years ago John and Ruth Cole planted an orchard at Wilmot of 300 trees representing 8 different English Cider apple varieties. Later he designed and built a hybrid Still to make cider apple spirit. In 2018 I purchased most of the apple crop and made the cider. Pomme is cider distilled then barrel aged (French oak) for 3.5 years.
I believe it captures the flavour of the pristine minimalist intervention fruit ripened in the low hills. This is my contribution to the Wilmot Hills Distillery legacy." - Bert
375ml | 42% ABV | Tasmania