Stats – 40% alcohol, single malt, aged in bourbon and port casks, made in a copper pot still, Tasmania
Price – $90
Color – Light amber
Nose – Fruity, like ripe bananas, prunes, and sweet port wine
Palate – Given the rate of excise tax on Australian whisky, this is actually a great value for the quality. Mellow and sweet. Sullivans Cove has been making whisky in Hobart for nearly 20 years, and the experience shows. A pleasant fruitiness is matched with a deep and rich quality. The port wood aging brings out wine and stone fruit, like plums, while the bourbon oak balances with sweet honeyed notes. The finish is dry like a good red wine, the tannins are present just enough to prompt a second sip. Early, brown sugar and molasses brings on a rum character. Apples and a black peppercorn spice. As it breathes it sweetens up, almost enough to mask the nice port dryness. Good stuff.
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