Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky returns to Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival this June with two immersive bar experiences - The Talisker Wilderness Bar on the Dark Path and The Talisker Winter Feast Bar. Celebrating Tasmania’s windswept connection to the whisky’s Scottish home, Talisker has also unveiled its top Tasmanian adventures for wild spirits, a collection of local experiences to inspire adventure-seekers to connect to the wilderness and share stories and a whisky around the campfire.
Southern Tasmania’s brooding winters (well.. for Australia anyway) are reminiscent of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where the Talisker distillery has produced award-winning whiskies since 1830. The Talisker Wilderness Bar at Dark Mofo brings this connection to life, offering a warming seaside experience. Inspired by a boat shed and made from rustic timbers bathed in navy blue, the whisky bar will glow from the flames of open log fires and provide the perfect spot to cosy up with a Talisker whisky in hand during Hobart’s wintry nights.
This year at Dark Mofo festival-goers can enjoy Talisker’s twist on winter drinks, created especially for the Festival including the Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate and the Talisker Spiced Hot Toddy - made with Talisker 10 Year Old, honey, lemon, spices, and topped with gum leaves for a uniquely Australian twist, paired perfectly with a tasty Tasmanian blue cheese jaffle. Other drinks will include the festival favourite, Talisker Skye & Ginger and Talisker Boilermakers matched with local Tasmanian craft beer Moo Brew.
“Talisker is a whisky made by the sea on the Isle of Skye. It is a single malt with flavor that has a sense of place, with a sweet smoke and pepper and salt from an island battered by wind and waves”, notes Katie Nagar, Talisker Whisky Ambassador. “Tasmanian winters really do provide the perfect backdrop for Australians to cosy up with a Talisker in hand; and the serves that we have created for Dark Mofo are perfect to showcase the unique flavors of Talisker while being accessible to those who may be starting their whisky adventure”.
“We look forward to offering The Talisker Wilderness Bar as the ideal spot to enjoy a dram of whisky around the open log fires and share tales of adventures to be had at the Festival and around Tassie”.
This Winter, Talisker is also encouraging fellow adventure seekers to get outdoors and enjoy the most of Tasmania’s rugged coast, curating a guide of five experiences that allow them to disconnect with the daily grind and reconnect with nature’s elements. Designed to put Australian’s wild spirit into action and drawing parallels with adventures to be had on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Each adventure is the perfect prelude to a cosy night at The Talisker Wilderness Bar at Dark Mofo, or a simple whisky around the campfire.
Talisker’s Top Tips for a Wild Tasmanian Adventures
Magnetising all the wildest spirits from Australia and around the world, Dark Mofo is a festival experience rich with aural and visual treats. This winter those interested in experiencing the highlights of Tasmania should visit Dark Mofo’s Dark Path to experience the artistic installations and curiosities. Explorers should stop off along the way at The Talisker Wilderness Bar to cosy up in front of the fire wrapped in a luxurious wool blanket and try a warm Talisker Hot Spiced Toddy. Those looking to ignite their senses can round-off their Dark Mofo exploration and seek out Talisker cocktails with a visit to the Winter Feast.
The private sanctuary, in the heart of the magnificent D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a short boat-ride from Hobart, is a rugged wonderland of hidden coves and pebble beaches, completely unspoilt by civilisation. Once home to a reclusive poet and writer, it now offers a dreamy coastal-luxe waterside cabin that sleeps up to eight guests. Adventure seekers will have to book a stay at the Island in advance before a visit where they can take-on the 1.5 hour walk along Satellite Island’s ancient Rock Shelf, immersing themselves in the island’s rugged landscape. Then, light a fire on the pebble beach, enjoy the sunset with a dram of Talisker 10 year old and watch the local seals play.
Adventurers looking to experience all the highlights of Tasmania should head to Bruny Island, which encapsulates the very best that the Apple Isle has to offer, with its sprawling green landscapes, jagged dolerite sea cliffs and untouched bays. Lying just 40km south of Hobart, Bruny Island offers wild spirits the chance spot whales in the aptly named Adventure Bay, explore the National Park’s windswept landscapes and visit the Cape Bruny Lighthouse to take in a truly breathtaking view. Those who have worked up an appetite on their voyage to the island should pass through to try the Talisker oyster ritual at Get Shucked, Bruny Island’s farmers of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas
Aurora Australis on Seven Mile Beach
The fact that Tasmania just might be the best vantage spot in the world to view the Southern Lights, or Australis Borealis, remains largely unknown. Wanderers seeking such sights should head to the South Arm Peninsula, 40 kilometres south east of Hobart, for Aurora views that are like curtains of light dancing across the sky. The area is surrounded by beaches with still, yet wide shallow bays to capture reflection shots with waves crashing in the foreground. The powerful peat-smoke nose of Talisker with its sea-water saltiness and a citrus sweetness twist is perfectly enjoyed whilst watching the skies.
Wild beach bonfire feast on Redbill Beach
Keen cooks can take inspiration from Sarah Glover, Tasmanian-native, chef and wilderness enthusiast, with a campfire dinner on the incredible Redbill Beach surrounded by fairy penguins and a stunning view of Diamond Island. After cooking one of Sarah’s dishes for a campfire from her Wild Cookbook, those seeking an embrace from the outdoors can savour the sunset with a Talisker whisky looking out to sea, the perfect invitation to disconnect.
The Talisker Wilderness Bar is located on the Dark Path and The Talisker Winter Feast Bar is located in the main hall. For more information about the Dark Mofo festival visit www.darkmofo.net.au.
The Talisker Wilderness Bar, Dark Path
- Friday 14–Sunday 16 June, 5–10pm
- Wednesday 19–Sunday 23 June, 5–10pm
The Talisker Winter Feast Bar
- Friday 14 + Saturday 15 June, 4–11pm
- Sunday 16 June, 4–10pm
- Wednesday 19 June, 4–10pm
- Thursday 20 June, 4–10pm
- Friday 21 + Saturday 22 June, 4–11pm
- Sunday 23 June, 4–10pm