Joadja Single Malt Whisky, with Valero Jimenez: S6E8

Joadja Single Malt Whisky has a story that is unique in many respects, not least the distillery’s location among the heritage-listed ruins of Joadja Town.

Between 1870 and 1911, the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Co employed thousands of Scottish miners at the site to help exploit the rich kerosene shale locked in Joadja Creek.

In 2011, the 1000-acre property was purchased by Valero and Elisa Jimenez, who have since founded Joadja Distillery.


The distilling venture draws upon the Scottish heritage of Joadja Town and the founders’ own Spanish backgrounds.

Uniquely for an Australian distillery, Joadja Single Malt Whisky is predominately matured in ex-sherry casks sourced from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. 

Joadja Single Malt Whisky
Joadja Single Malt Whisky

As is the case for many Australian whisky start-ups over recent decades – Joadja Distillery may not have gotten off the ground were it not for the encouragement of industry legend, Bill Lark.

Valero joins us on the podcast this episode for a chat about the evolution of Joadja Distillery, which has recently launched its first paddock-to-bottle whiskies distilled from barley grown on the site.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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