Batch 109 of Sullivans Cove's famous Double Cask single malt.
Whisky from ten different casks went into this batch, ranging from 7-to-17-years-old. Predominantely American oak ex-bourbon casks, there was also American and French oak casks which have been previously used for either tawny, white wine, or red wine.
The exact casks used were: HH0464, TD0099, TD0313, TD0322, TD0326, TD0335, TD0276, TD0295, TD0321 and TD0399.
The youngest spirit was filled into barrel on 4 July 2013 and this batch was decanted 18 November 2020.
1,368 bottles in the release at 45%.
Head Distiller Heather Tillott says of the release, "These casks are team players, they work really well together and complement each other to create a whisky with great character and complexity."
Official tasting notes:
Nose: Brown sugar (pretty sure D'Angelo wrote a song about this... Or maybe that was about something else..?), intensely biscuitty. Gingernuts, pimento and nutmeg. Lamingtons, anise, light dusting of tea leaves, and a hint of potpourri. Glacé cherry (a deep confection fruit note), and a deeply caramelised grainy note like Nutri-Grain. Some sneaky tropical characters hiding in nooks (mango!). Strawberry jam, and a touch of blackberry.
Palate: Texture immediately sets the stage- it swells in the mouth. Stewed apple, vanilla, orange and poppy seed cake. Dusty malt and milk powder. Cocoa, like Mum put in her boiled chocolate cake. A lot of caramel and toffee, praline and sweet grains. After a few seconds a lovely peppery note: Long Pepper.
Finish: Very smooth in transition and mouthfeel. It's all built around cocoa and peaches. There's a citrus burst, a juicy hit. Weaving in and out all along are the Long Pepper note and an umami flavour, kind of like from Prosciutto.
Established in 1994 Sullivan’s Cove is one of the oldest ‘modern’ whisky distilleries in Tasmania, and Australia. Under the direction of Patrick Maguire since 1999, It has become arguably the best-known Australian whisky distillery globally having won Worlds Best Whisky and Worlds Bets Single Cask Whisky multiple times.
The distillery celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019.
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