The Mt.Uncle Distillery must be about the best kept non-secret in the Australian Whisky scene. I’m willing to bet that only a scant handful of our members have ever heard of it – I’ll bet even less know they make whisky. And like I said – it’s not as if Mt Uncle distillery is a secret – it won Distillery of the Year in 2017 at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. In 2018, it won medals for all spirits it entered in the IWSC and it’s Watkins Whisky Co. release took Silver. It did receive some notoriety in 2015 with it’s ‘Big Black Cock’ single malt (with the obligatory, explanatory picture of a rooster on the label) – but the Mt Uncle brand seems to remain just under the radar of the average Australian whisky fan. We hope we can help change all that.
Built in 2001, the Mt. Uncle Distillery is the brainchild of Mark Watkins and it remains North Queensland’s only distillery. Mark originally hails from Tasmania where his dad and grandad (and great grand-dad) engaged in some “fairly dodgy stuff” (his words!). Of his ancestors nefarious activities, it is distilling which remains a firm childhood memory for Mark. Now a legitimate and licensed distiller, Mark has continued to involve family and his wife Claire handles the distilleries sales and marketing for Mt. Uncle.