We’re only a few weeks out from the Virtual Australian Whisky show where as a part of the show we are bottling a limited release.
This release is something that we’ve been working on for a little while now and we’re absolutely ecstatic to be able to present it.
It started as a small cask (40-50L) ex-bourbon maturation for 3.5 years. We then had the opportunity to purchase some nice fresh, rich rum casks. While some were filled with new make spirit to mature, some others were flagged as finishing casks.
The small ex-bourbon casks were married and put in to the rum cask to further mature where they stayed for 12 months.
This is where we thought this whisky would end, but we had recently picked up some ex-Laphroaig casks and we decided to transfer it to one of these casks to finish it’s maturation.
We didn’t know what to expect out of it, would it take on any peat influence in the small window of time that we had to put it in there?
Well… after 1 day in the ex-Laphroaig cask it was already doing it’s job, there was a nice, gentle peat note which was assisting in lengthening the finish of the whisky.
After 7 days we had unleashed a peat monster (by our standards where we don’t do any peated spirit/releases!).
At 12 days we decided it was time to pull the spirit out and bottle it. The peat had mellowed beautifully and we had a whisky that was full of malty caramel sweetness, high floral notes, with the rum goodness coming through. Lingering Islay peat notes tie it all together and leave it with a long and satisfying finish.
American Oak Ex-Bourbon and Rum cask matured, Laphroaig cask finished.
500ml, 60.6% abv. $195.
Estimated to be around 200 bottles (we’re bottling as we speak)
Nose: Rich rum notes peek through the sweet floral bourbon overtones with a welcome whiff of earthy peat.
Palate: Clean malty alcohol provides the big opening, then the floral and peat notes dance across the palate with suggestions of boiled lollies, vanilla beans and musk sticks recalling the bourbon cask origins. The diverse elements resolve into a delicious complexity that lingers long and rich.
Finish: It is here that the Islay peat comes to the fore and carries all the elements of this complicated dram to a wonderfully fulfilling conclusion. A little water adds a creamy element but does diminish the glorious rum sweetness so do enjoy this engaging dram at cask strength before reaching for the water jug.
We’re excited to be a part of the Virtual Australian Whisky Show and plan on making this release available as a part of the virtual event.
If you haven’t picked up your ticket, make sure you do so soon as I know that it is almost sold out.