You’d Never Expect This Was Made From Sheep’s Whey!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the family behind the award-winning GrandVewe farm. The Tasmania property produces a variety of sheep cheeses and accompanying gourmet products, as well as a small distillery, Harthorn Distillery.

Sheep’s cheese isn’t out of the ordinary, but sheep’s why vodka and gin, well now that’s a little more out of the ordinary. In fact, Hartshorn Distillery are the first in the world to create this unique product.

Hartshorn Distillery


Sheep Whey Vodka

It may sound quite strange, but in all honesty, it is the smoothest, well-balanced vodka I have ever tasted! It is officially described as having a delicately sweet bouquet and extremely smooth finish, thanks to the dairy influence and traditional ageing methods.

I also love that they are the smallest distillery in Australia only making small 10 bottle batches. Each bottle and label is hand painted by head distiller Ryan, and are unfiltered meaning you can enjoy a spirit with more character and complexity.

They also do a delicious Vanilla Whey Liquor, which would make the perfect accompaniment for dessert.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on these divine bottles, you can buy it online via their site.

Although I don’t often drink vodka straight, this is definitely smooth enough to drink on its own. However, if you’d like it in a mix, here is a cocktail you might like to try it in.

Vodka Gimlet

Vodka Gimlet

Image and recipe via


2 oz. sheep’s whey vodka
1 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 simple syrup
Lime wedge, for serving


Shake vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour over a coupe and garnish with lime wedge.

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