Joadja Distillery is located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. The town of Joadja was established in the late 1870’s by the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Co. and the hundreds of Scottish oil shale miners who brought with them their skills in the mining and retorting technique… and the stilling and brewing of “sly grog”.
The Scottish heritage in the valley and the history of "sly grog" has inspired the Jimenez family who currently own and manage Joadja Town, to establish Joadja Distillery in 2014. The Jimenez family has also tapped into their own Spanish heritage and have sourced ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez butts from Spain to mature their Whisky. These barrels are historically known to be the types of barrels that the Scots consider the best to mature whisky and we are lucky enough to have the Spanish language and connection to be able to source and ship them to Australia and fill them with our own Australia made malt spirit.
Don't forget to visit our Joadja Town website to find out a little bit more about Joadja Town heritage tours, the history of the valley and the influence the town had on the area in its peak. You get the opportunity to tour this fantastic historical site while you're visiting the distillery...
Joadja Distillery grows their very own barley onsite to produce award winning Single Malt Whisky.
2021 was our fifth harvest.
Unfortunately due to flood damage, there was no harvest in 2022.
We source quality copper stills to produce our handcrafted Spirits and Liqueurs.
[ Single Malt Whisky, Gin, Anise Liqueur, Rum, Brandy ]
A natural spring located in the Joadja Valley escarpment provides the distillery with pristine water for creating our products.
The Jimenez family have tapped into their own Spanish heritage to source ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez barrels from Spain to mature their aged spirits.
Valero & Elisa Jimenez established Joadja Distillery with one mission in mind: provenance.
"We strongly believe that Whisky should reflect the land on which the barley is grown and where the water is sourced".
We are one of the few single malt whisky distilleries in the world who grow our own barley on-site and can source water from our own local spring. Add our hand-picked ex-sherry barrels (from our birthplace in Spain) to this and we have the ingredients for a truly unique Australian single malt whisky.
THE SCRUTINEER I
A scrutineer is someone who examines or inspects something closely and thoroughly.
The masthead has been revived from an early local newspaper; 'The Scrutineer' and Berrima District Press, in print from 1874-1949.
WORDS MICHAEL SHARP
PHOTOGRAPHY JODIE BARKER
MICHAEL REID SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS