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Sullivans Cove French Oak Single Cask

Insanely Delicious

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

4th Aug 2014


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Can someone please tell me what the hell is going on in Tasmania?

I can swear the whisky distillers Down Under have made a pact with the Devil. In exchange for their souls, and the souls of their loved ones, they are being given magical powers to create the most delicious whisky ever made.

I thought after tasting the Overeem Port Matured Cask Strength, another Australian Devil spawn, I would not taste a better whisky this year.

I am so elated to be wrong.

Winner of the World Whisky Awards 2014 this spirit is any where between 11 to 13 years old. Matured in French Oak Port casks my particular sample is one of 516 bottles to emerge from winning cask No. 525.

Founded in 1995 in, you guessed it, Sullivans Cove this distillery is now home to one of my favorite whiskies.

Nose: Dark chocolate. Black peppers with a touch of cinnamon. Scented tobacco. Warm hazelnut toffee covered in praline sauce. Dark fig jam and natural caramel. Very high quality leather. This is such a beautifully intense nose. It's like nosing a 60% whisky only to realize it's not even 48%.

Palate: Crisp maple syrup. Black pepper. Dark jam. Mild tobacco leaf. Roasted nuts and dry figs. Dark raisins covered in chocolate. The creamy, perfectly balanced delivery will make you salivate. While the whisky's in your mouth.

Finish: Gloriously long with a mocha caramel swirl.

Truly one of the great whiskies of the year and, for once, I whole heartedly agree with the truckload of accolades this wee dram has won.

I am so moving to Tasmania....

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MaltActivist commented

This review is of the Sullivans Cove French Oak - for some reason the distillery is not being picked up by the system.

5 years ago 0

Victor commented

@MaltActivist, I think that the Devil is indeed part of the deal. Only the Devil would set those diabolical Australian whisky prices.

5 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

This is available in my neighborhood for $150. Don't generally drop that kind of cash on a 12 year old whisky...but I don't generally see 97 ratings either!

5 years ago 0

vanPelt commented

So happy to see this and to find you agree about the quality of this delicious treat. But I can't believe you got your hands on a Cask 525 sample! Wow. I didn't even bother trying. Oh well, my bottle of the cask strength version will just have to make up for it....

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Something unaccountably tasty and alluring is being distilled down under. What is this new devilry?

5 years ago 0

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