Spirit Thief
Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky

Three thieves from Tasmania’s whisky industry have conspired across borders with one of South Australia’s most elusive winemakers, hidden away on the edge of the Adelaide Hills. This collaboration showcases the finest of Tasmania’s spirit, matured in award-winning wine casks of the highest quality, to produce a uniquely limited single-malt whisky.

A little info on Spirit Thief Single Malt Whisky:


Spirit Thief Distilling Co is Brett Steel (Founder of Tasmanian Whisky Tours,) Jarrod Brown (ex Lark, now Belgrove Assistant Distiller) and Ian Reed (ex Sullivans Cove, Lark and now owner of Gold Bar, Hobart). Between us we’ve got about 15 years of Tasmanian Whisky experience.


Spirit Thief was unofficially inspired by Scotland’s Longrow Red whisky series. We wanted to age Tasmanian spirit in heavy-charred South Australian rich Red Wine casks, using Shiraz and Tempranillo to begin with. We’ll have a peated version coming out next and many other different types of releases over the coming years. Join our mailing list to be the first to know about all our releases!


The Spirit Thief labels are genuine Hobart Penitentiary criminal records from very early 20th century, a time when Hobart Town was a hard place to live and survive. Hector Musselwhite (our Tempranillo cask label) was sentenced in 1908 for 6 charges of ‘false pretence’ and given 6 months Gaol time. Arthur Jennings (our Shiraz cask label) was, according to his record, a hairdresser and sentenced in 1904 for 6 months Gaol time for being ‘Idle etc’. We feel these men (and women) were (most-likely) hard done-by and now pay tribute to them on our labels a century later. Each new release of Spirit Thief will feature a different ‘Thief’.


This first release batch of whisky was distilled at the original Redlands Distillery in Plenty, Derwent Valley by Dean Jackson and Robbie Gilligan (now Chair of the Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association), matured in part at Plenty and then moved to Kempton, now home to Old Kempton Distillery and was bottled and filtered at Belgrove Distillery. Every bottle is individually numbered. Check your label!


If you miss out on purchasing a bottle from us direct, you can find Spirit Thief at the following excellent bars around the nation, with a lot more to follow. And if you’re a bar manager and you want to stock us, please get in contact.


Gold Bar, Hobart, Tasmania (our Spiritual home) | The Glass House, Hobart | Lark Distillery and Cellar Door, Hobart | Society Salamanca, Hobart | Drink Co, Hobart | The Whaler, Hobart | Frogmore Creek Lounge, Hobart | Macq01 Story Bar, Hobart | Pablo’s Cocktails & Dreams, Hobart | Preachers, Hobart | Hobart Brewing Co, Hobart | Rude Boy, Hobart | Boodle Beasley, North Hobart | The Winston, North Hobart | MONA, Berriedale | Robbie Browns, Kingston | House of Whisky, Bruny Island | Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston | Empress, Devonport. 


Whisky & Alement, Melbourne | Bad Frankies, Melbourne | Hains & Co, Adelaide | Malt & Juniper, Adelaide | Archie Rose, Sydney | The Doss House, Sydney | Dominion Bar, Perth |  Sand Bar, Darwin + MORE COMING SOON…


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WARNING: Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence: for liquor to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years. Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units. For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor. Penalty: Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.