Tasmania’s Sullivans Cove distillery will release a range of new whiskies in the coming years as they expand their core range offering.
The famed distillery is emerging from years of supply issues after their World Whiskies Awards win in 2014 and will introduce a number of new labels to sit alongside their existing Double Cask, American Oak and French Oak ranges. These labels are the result of cask experimentations introduced over previous years.
The first of the new labels will be a single cask American Oak Tawny (Australian port), similar to a cask that had appeared under their ‘Special Cask’ series in 2017. The expression sits at odds to their existing core range, give the American Oak has always referred to ex-bourbon casks and the ex-port casks to French oak.
“When we filled these casks about a decade ago, we had already seen good results from American oak bourbon and French oak tawny casks, so we thought it was time to experiment with different kinds of oak,” said Head Distiller Patrick Maguire. “We couldn’t be happier with the results. We’ve laid more down recently but they won’t be ready for at least ten years, so this is a great opportunity to try some of our early successes.”
This first release is cask TD0074 and is an 11-year-old bottled at 47.5%. The 300 litre cask was filled 1 February 2006 and bottled 23 May 2017. There will be 488 bottles in the outturn, offered at $400 through Sullivans Cove’s website. It will feature a distinctive blue sash across the label.
Managing Director Adam Sable said, “We want people to understand that both the kind of oak itself, as well as what the cask was previously used for, have a major influence on the character of our whiskies. This release has been aged in American Oak, so it’s getting a black label just like our standard release.
“But because that cask was previously used to age tawny fortified wine instead of bourbon, we’re giving it a blue stripe so people understand there’s a different flavour profile here.”