One of the last un-peated heavily sherries whiskies from the pre-2017 era, Black Gate single cask BG047 is a distillery exclusive receiving a wider release due to lockdowns in 2021.
Distilled April 2016 and bottled August 2021, it is one of the final un-peated casks before Black Gate moved to exclusively peated whisky later that year.
At five years old it is the distillery's oldest release to date.
Bottled at natural cask strength 68.1% with 120 bottles at 500ml.
Black Gate have been known for a thick, oily spirit that builds treacle and golden syrup notes in sherry and port casks. In 2016 they moved towards exclusively distilling peated stock.
These releases are proving to be a rare example of an Aussie whisky that has held a considerable amount of smoke and this is no difference, particularly on the back palate.
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.
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