The first rum-cask release from the Black Gate distillery in country New South Wales.
This single cask release was drawn from cask BG020. Originally a sherry cask, it was used to mature Black Gate’s rum before it was refilled with whisky new make. Essentially a refill cask, this was matured for almost four years – up there with the longest maturation so far in the country climate.
The rum cask has given a rich caramel note to the thick Black Gate spirit – one of their gentler, balanced expressions so far.
Distilled June 2014, bottled April 2018 at the house regular 50%.
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.
Often single cask, Brian and Genise Hollingworth are currently managing to fill just 15 casks a year - that's well up on the original three-or-so they were managing – hence the demand for their releases.
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 the Hollingworth's penchant for big, smoky Scottish whiskies and Black Gate's releases have so far been on the heavier side of the Australian whisky spectrum.
- Single Malt
- New South Wales
- Black Gate