Patrick is the man behind the world’s best single malt whisky. Descended from convicts on both sides of his family and born and raised in Tasmania, he is a true representation of the Tassie spirit. One of the founding fathers of the Tasmanian whisky industry, his passion and vision has survived countless ups and downs. He does everything from rolling barrels to judging international whisky competitions, and still chooses every barrel of Sullivans Cove by hand.
In 2018, Patrick was inducted into the global Whisky Hall of Fame. The third Aussie ever to be inducted, this accolade places Patrick among the world’s most influential whisky personalities.
Heather is our Production Manager, and oversees the day-to-day operation of the distillery. Originally from the NSW South Coast, Heather is a fifteen year veteran of the hospitality industry and has worked at Sullivans Cove since 2015. With a background in winemaking, her palate and technical knowledge are outstanding, and her passion for Tassie whisky is boundless. Her hobbies include geeking, smelling and cycling, and her favourite drop is Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask, neat (and preferably at cask strength).
Fred is a twenty year veteran of the hospitality industry as a bartender, drinks expert, writer and consultant. He sets long term strategy for Sullivans Cove across all aspects of the business including sales & marketing, production, digital infrastructure, branding, cellar door and new product development. He likes talking and thinking about whisky almost as much as he likes drinking it. His favourite dram is the lighter, fruitier Sullivans Cove American Oak casks.
Operations & Distilling
Michael is one of our most experienced distillers, and is also our guy for everything logistics and stock control. Unflappable and always affable, Michael has a degree in sustainability and environmental management. As well as working to make Sullivans Cove a greener operation, he also brings years of experience working in retail spirits sales. A Tassie local for most of his life, he loves the outdoor lifestyle and can’t go past a drop of Sullivans Cove American Oak.
Cellar Door Manager
Phillip “Jacko” Jackson
Tammy is responsible for our bottling room, painstakingly washing, filling, labelling, polishing and packing every single bottle of Sullivans Cove by hand. Although a whisky novice when she joined the team, she now has a great appreciation for the product, the process of distilling, and enjoys an occasional dram of American Oak. Tasmanian born from convict heritage, Tammy enjoys exploring this beautiful state, loves spending time with her four children and three grandies, and likes nothing more than laying back to read a good book on a secluded beach.
Distiller & Logistics
Charlie is one of our longest-standing distillers. Not only does he keep the still bubbling along day and night, he also acts as a mentor to the younger folks on the production crew and always works with incredible patience and attention to detail. Charlie also helps out with logistics around the distillery, making sure all the various bits and pieces that help us label, pack and send our products are in order. He’s partial to a glass of bubbles on a Friday night, and never fails to pick up a round.
Distiller & Cellar Door
Ty hails from South Africa, but has lived in Australia for the last nine years, now as a proud Tasmanian. With 13 years experience in the hospitality industry, Ty is also one of the friendliest people you’re ever likely to meet. While previously our Cellar Door Supervisor, Ty now spends most of his time out the back making whisky, but if you’re lucky you’ll still find him doing occasional tours and tastings with a passion for whisky that’s nothing short of infectious.
Logistics & Cellar Door
As well as leading tours and tastings at our Cellar Door, Cam also heads up our logistics and fulfilment system, ensuring that every order from our online store gets from us to you as quickly and easily as possible. Although born in Brisbane, Cam moved down to Tassie soon after for the more agreeable weather. He has worked in hotels and tourism for many years and his affinity for talking all things whisky puts him right at home at the Cellar Door chatting to visitors. His favourite dram is our rare American Oak Cask Strength (at a whopping 69.1%!), but when that’s not within arms reach, he’ll have an unfiltered American Oak Single Cask, neat.
Distiller & Cellar Door
Ryan has loved whisky since his grandfather had him pour his drams when he was still just a pup. From there he’s always loved the interactions and experience whisky can bring to people. Growing up and working on his family’s farm gave Ryan a practical work ethic, where no job is less important than another. This is fundamental to his work as a distiller at Sullivans Cove where attention to detail and quality are key values. Working in bars has also given Ryan the gift of the gab, and his tours and tastings are entertaining and full of great stories.
Rich is a member of our Cellar Door team, and one of the most passionate whisky nerds around. With a collection of over 200 bottles at home, he can answer any question thrown at him. Starting off his career as a mechanic his love for Tasmanian whisky soon took over, and he now spends his time practicing his dad jokes and showing fanatics around the distillery. If he isn’t leading a tour you may find him enjoying a dram of our very limited American oak cask strength release.
Joy is one of the newest staff members working in our Cellar door. Born in New Zealand but raised in Hobart, she has worked in hospitality for over 10 years and loves sharing her passion for Tasmanian whisky. Stop by for a chat and she’ll be happy to share her many recommendations for the best places for an excellent dram in Tasmania. Her favourite Sullivans Cove whisky is French Oak ex tawny, neat.