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Martin, CEO, Old Kempton Distillery

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Old Kempton Distillery commenced operation in 2012 before moving to its current location in a heritage listed house in Kempton. The history of Old Kempton and their location, Dysart house, are intertwined, as the distillery named their prize-winning gin after William Ellis, who built Dysart House back in the 1840’s.

Dysart House’s old stables hold the distillery’s bond store, while the old convict stables used to hold 22 horses, now houses their Tasmanian-made copper still. The Cellar Door is located in the heritage listed house and was restored to offer a unique tasting and café experience for their customers.

Old Kempton Distillery was thankfully able to continue operating throughout the pandemic. Despite making changes to the way they are served, their customers were deeply co-operative and understanding while they were navigating the restrictions. Martin says the support they received has been particularly outstanding at their local Salamanca Market.

The team at Old Kempton look forward to continuing to develop their website and online presence so that more Australian’s can enjoy the fruits of Old Kempton’s hard work. Since lockdown started, the team has put together personalised whisky tasting packs available to order online so you can enjoy the fruits of locally made whisky from the comfort of your own home.

To give back to the community that has supported them throughout the pandemic, Old Kempton provides sponsorship to their local festival, and support the local arts group by hosting their annual exhibition in the heritage listed site.

Martin says that although times have been tough, their customers have shown just how much they enjoy Old Kempton’s products through their purchases, and they are deeply appreciative of the support they have received.

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