May 10 2011

Media Spotlight – The Mercury

It brings a rye smile

GRAEME PHILLIPS   |   May 10, 2011 12.00am   |   themercury.com.au

YOU’VE probably seen him at events like Hobart’s Wooden Boat Festival. He’s the man who makes those amazing sand sculptures.

He is also the man who so beautifully restored the old water mill at Nant in Bothwell. And, until the drought hit, he used to grow and sell about two million strawberry runners to all parts of Australia each year.

He also collects waste cooking oil from a few cafes, puts it through a home-made Heath-Robinson set-up and turns it into bio-diesel to run all his farm vehicles, home central heating and hot water.

Most recently, he built himself a 500-litre copper pot still and has become Tasmania’s and, as far as I can tell, Australia’s first producer of rye whisky using the only home-made, bio-diesel-powered still in the country.

You could say Peter Bignell is a most talented and versatile man. And his rye whisky is, for me at least, a knockout.

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