The batch one release from Australia's Killara distillery, bottled by Scotland's That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
This Batch 1 is part of the independent bottler's inaugural Australia series, which features eight whiskies from downunder distilleries, released in April 2021.
Distilled by Kristy Lark, this spent two years in an ex-tawny cask. You won't see the word "whisky" on this bottle as whisky needs to be three-years-old in the UK unlike two here in Australia and as it was bottled over there, doesn't fir the criteria.
130 bottles in the release, approximately half of that allocated to Australia.
TBWC's take on this Killara:
"A single malt from the highly anticipated new distillery from Kristy Booth-Lark, daughter of Aussie whisky guru, Bill Lark. This was distilled before the distillery building even existed and bottlings like this from the early days of Killara are extremely limited.
"Kristy was previously Head Distiller, and General Manager at Lark, creating many of their most lauded expressions. She’s a ‘one woman band’, and a champion of women in distilling, having founded the Australian Women in Distilling Association."
Nose: Golden syrup, digestive biscuit and a lick of under-ripe papaya.
Palate: Very creamy mouthfeel. Honey, caramel and a hint of speculoos. Very drinkable!
Oak Barrel comments from a preview tasting of the series:
We know Kristy's spirit is exceptional and glad to see it's on show on the nose - sweet and malt-forward. Under-ripe cirtus. Cask influence is there, creamy palate with a golden syrup finish.
TBWC on the label:
"Although she’s been around whisky, and distillation all her life, Kristy originally wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller.
"Our label has Kristy manning an air traffic control tower, however this planes look very much like flying copper pot stills. In fact the whole control tower construction seems to be from copper.
"The Southern Cross is clearly visible in the night sky and there’s a lark sat a top of one of the screens, proudly looking down."
One of Scotland’s most prolific independent bottlers, Boutique-y share an ethos with The Oak Barrel that whisky is meant to be drunk, whisky is meant to be fun. Known for their bright labels and excellent juice, they have bottled most distilleries in Scotland and are increasingly expanding to include whiskies from around the world – which is where this series of Australian whiskies fits in.
Their limited-edition labels are designed by Emily Chappell and reference interesting elements (or in-jokes) about the distillery. Their batches, which can be single casks or married from a number of casks, are bottled at the strength they deem the whisky is most enjoyable at.
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