\u201cThe Australian whisky industry is going through a complete rebirth,\u201d says Graham Essex, bartender at Gaijin restaurant in Chicago. It\u2019s a regeneration that\u2019s been unfolding for the better part of two decades.\r\n\r\nStarting in the early\u202f2000s, the country\u2019s producers have increasingly taken advantage of local malts, peat bogs and the continent\u2019s varied climates to\u202fraise\u202fquality and create a distinct Aussie style. Though consumed primarily within Australia, global popularity ramped up in 2014 when Tasmanian whisky Sullivans Cove French Oak was named World\u2019s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards.\r\n\r\nToday, recognition continues to rise. \u201cFrom Archie Rose Distillery winning World\u2019s Best Rye 2020 to Starward Distillery producing consistently high-quality whisky\u2026 Australian whisky is going to become much more well known for quality in the coming years,\u201d says Essex.\r\n\r\nHere are four standouts to look for. Though not always easy to find, they offer tremendous rewards.\r\n\r\n\r\nLimeburners Sherry Cask Australian Single Malt\r\nThis is made in one of the most geographically isolated regions of the world, Albany, Western Australia, more than 250 miles southeast of Perth. Primarily matured in used Bourbon barrels,\u202fit\u2019s\u202ffinished in Australian Sherry-style wine\u202fcasks. The combination creates a spirit that drips with dried fruit, dulce de leche and sweet spice.\r\nOvereem Cask Strength Port Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky\r\nBottled at 120 proof, everything about this whisky is the result of obsessive attention to detail. Even the Port barrels are customized, reworked into quarter casks to increase contact between spirit and wood. The finished product speaks volumes of dates, stone fruit, chocolate and cookie dough.\r\nStarward\u202fNova Single Malt Australian Whisky\r\nCrafted from ingredients grown within a day\u2019s drive from Melbourne\u202fand\u202faged in\u202fred\u202fwine barrels from\u202fthe\u202fBarossa and\u202fYarra\u202fvalleys, this vanilla-kissed\u202fwhisky is\u202fdriven by\u202fcherry and red berry\u202fflavors.\r\nSullivans\u202fCove Double Cask Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky\r\nThis is produced from malted Tasmanian barley that\u2019s been distilled twice in \u201cMyrtle,\u201d the pot still used for\u202fall Sullivans\u202fCove spirits. It\u2019s then aged in American and French oak casks, which results in a honeyed dram with apples, pears and subtle spiciness.