The August 2020 bottling of Black Gate's Apera (Australian sherry) Vatting, crafted from three 100 litre casks.
This is a marriage of casks BG040, BG048 and BG049 - which were distilled between December 2015 and April 2016. BOttled at 47%, the release has 634 bottles in the outturn - the largest event of Black Gate's usually micro-releases. All three casks are from the distillery's unpeated era.
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
- New South Wales
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