A Black Gate release from the archives - the fantastic 520s which is now widely considered a benchmark Australia whisky of the 2010-2020 decade.
Crafted from five 20 litre apera casks, they were vatted together and released in 2015 at pure cask strength 67%. Just 169 bottles in the release.
A bruising whisky that shouldn't work on paper but is beautifully balanced and moreish in reality, it received the silver award for 'Dram Of The Decade' at the Australian Whisky Awards 2021 (behind only Sullivans Cove's HH525).
It was a huge hit at Sydney Whisky Fair 2015, prompting WhiskNick to write, "I do honestly believe I can pinpoint the Oak Barrel launch of 520 as the point in time when Black Gate became more than just an amateur distillery in the general public’s eyes.
"Unlike a lot of their Aussie counterparts, the 520 is a drop that yields a complete delivery, a whisky that actually finishes rather than just falling off a cliff after the mid-palate. The 520 is a true winner in my eyes and I often refer it as the expression that propelled Black Gate to where they are now."
OzWhiskyReview's Luke McCarthy calls it "One of the my favourite Australian malt whiskies of the last decade."
Bottle from a personal collection, only one to sell.
Located in Mendooran, not far from Dubbo in New South Wales' Greater West, Black Gate have earned themselves cult status amongst drinkers with their single malt and rum expressions.
The small town of about 300 people has a unique climate for whisky and wide temperature variations ensure lots of interaction between the whisky and the cask.
That intensity is matched by Black Gate's heavy spirits which is achieved by late spirits cuts. The inspiration comes from Brian and Genise Hollingworth's penchant for big, smoky Scottish whiskies and Black Gate's releases often find themselves on the heavier side of the Australian whisky spectrum.
- Single Malt
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