Batch 3 of Black Gate's Solera single malt, this is a marriage of four ex-tawny casks that have earned extra layers of complexity while in the solera.
Bottled February 2020 at 46.8%, the minumum age of the marriage is 3 years. Unpeated.
Oak Barrel thoughts:
This is a relatively low ABV from Black Gate, so it's a very easy and gentle approach to the nose. Not overly sweet, but hints of dry brown sugar. Palate shows more sweetness, sugars and fruits jumping up and then coming in waves into a pleasingly medium-to-long finish. Solera again proves to be an excellent way to get the Black Gate experience without the intensity some of their other releases show. Not a huge amount of un-peated stock coming out of here now, so a window into the 'old style' as well.
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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