Lots of wet weather in FNQ so rather than head to a soggy Daintree from out digs in Port Douglas, we decided to head into the Atherton Tablelands. After the obligatory stop at Barron Falls near Kuranda, our wanderings took us towards the town of Atherton (very cute and worthy of more time next time) and a short diversion off the Bruce Highway to the Mt Uncle Distillery.
Having sampled distilled produce in higher latitudes (whiskeys in Scotland and Tasmania) , I was interested to see what the tropics would yield other than rum; which of course Bundaberg is already famous for.
$10 down for a taste of four spirits; a honeyed vodka, botonicals gin, aged rum and a whiskey and I was left ruing that i had to drive 80 or so kms back to Port Douglas. The vodka and gin were unique enough to have the credit card slide across the counter. I'm not a rum person but was impressed. And the whiskey would easily stand up to a lowalands offering such as Glenlivet (my personal preference is for an Islay malt).
Tasting was followed by a lovely lunch at Bridge's Cafe, great food served by very friendly staff.
Can highly recommend this as a diversion from the usual fare in the Cairns district.
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