A single cask peated single malt from the Black Gate distillery in Mendooran.
Cask 095 is an ex-bourbon cask from the Buffalo Trace distillery. It was filled April 2018 and bottled June 2021 after three harsh summers in New South Wales' Central West.
Bottled at 57.8% with 355 bottles in the release.
Oak Barrel tasting notes:
"A dry and smoky nose, dry leaves and last night's campfire. Actually quite a pretty nose, very well integrated. With time a bit of fruit emerges - raspberry, strawberries and cream. If the nose takes a few minutes to develop the palate is self-assured straight out of the bottle. Brooding and broad, mouth-coating and very well integrated. Finish is long and warming, roasted coffee beans. Savoury."
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.
- Single Malt
- New South Wales