A cask strength version of Sullivans Cove’s American Oak expression has sold out within working hours today.
Announced this morning, Cask TD0137 was released a 69.1% with a price tag of $400. It was distilled in September 2008 and bottled December 2017.
The ex-bourbon cask bottling is usually released at 47.5% and this pure cask strength alcohol level is higher even than the famed 60% ‘cask strength’ releases of French and American Oak. Those releases were available before there was a shortage in Tasmanian stocks and certainly prior to Sullivans’ World Whiskies Awards win in 2014.
With 172 bottles in the outturn from the 200 litre cask, the release was offered to the Tasmanian distillery’s mailing list – who snapped up the entire allocation this afternoon. The regular price for the American Oak expression is around $300.
This is the second break from the standard release structure in recent months, following a higher proof, unfiltered Double Cask release late last year.
Head Distiller and former owner Patrick Maguire said, “We generally bottle our single cask whiskies at 47.5%, because they’re usually too powerful at cask strength, but when we tasted this cask, we knew adding water would be a shame. This a rare opportunity to try Sullivans Cove right out of the cask.”
Further limited release Sullivans Cove expressions are likely to be offered through the distillery’s own mailing list, which you can sign up to via their new-look website.