Tasmanian-based whisky distiller, Nant, had capitalised on recent success to convert to a public company, with plans to not only expand, but also float on the stock market in the next five years.

Now known as The Nant Distilling Company Limited (NDCL), the brand is ready to move to the next level – that is, according to founder and CEO Keith Batt.

Batt says that the company is looking to invest in 20 new Nant Whisky Cellars & Bars within the next two years – both nationally and abroad – while also expanding their distribution channels.

To go with the recent openings of Nant Whisky Cellar & Bars in Brisbane and Salamanca, Hobart, there are plans to include a third Nant Whisky Cellar & Bar in Melbourne, as well as an exclusive members-only Nant Whisky Lounge to open in Brisbane’s CBD.

Closer to home, the NDCL is planning to develop an onsite malting plant, as well as expanding its brewing and distilling operations. This will enable the full “barley-to-bottle” production of a single estate malt whisky.

“I am pleased to report that there has been a lot of interest in our proposed expansion plans, with Nant barrel owners and whisky enthusiasts already familiar with the quality of our product keen to back our future success,” says Mr Batt.

It has been a rapid rise for the boutique distillery, which started its life as an old water-driven flourmill built by convicts in 1823 in the small Tasmanian Highlands town of Bothwell.

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