Travel three and a half hours northwest from Sydney and you'll hit Mudgee, a small central New South Wales town that dates back more than 150 years. It's a place with history, including in gold rush-era Australia — and, since 2012, it's also home to Baker Williams Distillery.
This spirits outfit may be a microdistillery, but it boasts a sizeable range. On offer: an award-winning gin and lemon myrtle liqueur, plus a whisky, rouge vert jus, coffee-flavoured liqueur and a very popular butterscotch schnapps. Making all of the above with local raw ingredients is Baker Williams' big focus, as is making the most of its resources, with its lemons and oranges going to cordial manufacturers, spent malt to pig farms and other organic waste composted.
At present, due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits to Baker Williams' cellar door are by appointment only — but you can call to book seven days a week.
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