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THE US Ambassador to Australia is planning to introduce Tasmanian whisky to President Barack Obama.

Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich is so taken with the island state’s award-winning single malts he was planning to pick up some bottles for President Obama on a visit to Hobart today.

“He likes a whisky,” Ambassador Bleich told reporters.

“I’ve already promised I’m going to bring back some Tasmanian whisky with me.”

Tasmania is garnering a reputation as the Scotland of the south, with around eight distilleries making use of the island’s ideal environment.

The Sullivans Cove brand recently won awards at the World Whisky Masters in London and this week was named the southern hemisphere’s best in the respected Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Read the rest, Mercury here

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• And, elsewhere in Tasmania …Frank’s Cider Company awarded Centre of the Cider Universe

• … but for reasons known only to itself, the State Government spurns Tasmanian innovators, How we lose on big deals, The Examiner, here

THE Launceston-based company that missed out on a multimillion-dollar TasRail contract that went to a Chinese company has questioned the state government’s commitment to a local manufacturing industry.

Steel fabricator Crisp Bros Haywards said Australian suppliers were not on a level playing field when competing for contracts against Chinese companies and government-owned businesses should give greater consideration to the benefits of using Tasmanian companies.

Haywards had formed an alliance with other fabrication workshops to bid for a contract to replace the state-owned rail operator’s ageing rolling stock.

TasRail this week announced Chinese-owned CNR-Australia had been selected to build the 191 wagons for “substantially less” than the $20 million budgeted.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Garry Stannus

    October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I love the Lark.

    If staying in Hobart, I try to ensure that I have the time to get there, and to take my companions with me. It is civilised, and authentic. I usually buy some small bottles of their Taschnapps (forgotten its name) and take them with me as presents back home or for overseas.

    I’m proud of it! I like my Mona and Salamanca too!

  2. Leonard Colquhoun

    October 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Reckon there are dozens, scores, maybe hundreds of Tasmanian small-to-medium businesses quietly and successfully going about their “business”, and praying to whatever god/s, powers, and forces they might feel helpful:

    PLEASE,

    KEEP . . .

    THE GOVERNMENT^ . . .

    AWAY FROM* . . .

    MY / OUR BUSINESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ^ especially this bunch of snafu-artists and fubar incompetents.

    * like, several millions light years away.

  3. Valleywatcher

    October 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Tasmanian innovators, growers and makers are quietly achieving scores of accolades on Australian and world stages IN SPITE of the government.

    But don’t mention it to the supporters of the unsupportable, lest you be labelled a “boutique” something or other in a rather disparaging tone, because you are not part of the most favoured sectors……..you know: the ones that have never been able to stand on their own two feet and constantly have the hand out for Government largesse.

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