After some experimental whiskies from Australia and New Zealand, it was time to turn to one we had high hopes would satisfy our craving for something a bit more complex and perhaps even a bit more classic…
Based in Tasmania, Sullivans Cove is one of the distilleries that put Australian whiskies on the world map. And with good reason.
Tasmania’s Sullivans Cove Double Cask (2008/2015) 40%
- Nose – Fruity, spice, finally a “proper” whisky, a bit of Amarula creaminess, some ripe bananas, forest greens, mud and moss, nice and earthy, then flowers
- Palate – Comes together beautifully, some coriander, full and well rounded, some raisins, accessible yet satisfying
- Finish – The icing on the cake, fabulous light yet has substance morphing into cherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon
There is a certain elegance to this whisky. It is both classic and modern. What we also remarked is that though only 40%, this was a proper full whisky that left nothing out.
We sampled the DC080 which is a combination of a French Oak Australian Port Cask and American Oak Bourbon Cask, using barrels HH0203, HH0206, HH0272, HH0408, HH0437 with the youngest from 22/08/2000, Bottled 13/07/2015. We sampled Bottle 1,458 of 1,556, freshly opened that evening.
Here is what the Sullivans Cove have to say about their Double Cask, appreciating there is variation between editions:
- Nose – Vanilla, soft malt and orchard fruits
- Palate – Honey, boiled lollies and buttered scones
- Finish – Mild spices and soft oak with lingering creamy sweetness
So what else made it into our “Trans Tasman” explorations?
- Hellyer’s Road Pinot Noir 46.2%
- New Zealand’s Willowbank 10 year Doublewood 40%
- New Zealand’s Willowbank 22 year (1989) Barrel No 58, 52.8%
- Whipersnapper’s Crazy Uncle Moonshine 43%
Curious about more? Check out the Australia and New Zealand section in the Asia Pacific whiskies page.