Tasmania’s Sullivans Cove have picked up another major gong at the World Whiskies Awards with one of their American Oak matured single casks named this World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt
With Japan’s Hakushu 25-Year-Old expression named the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky, the burgeoning Australian whisky scene was again punching above its weight with the Sullivans Cove recognition. The Hakushu expression has been long absent from the Australian market, it’s rarity coming from an era when Japanese whisky sales – and subsequently production – were in decline.
The American Oak Single Cask HH0351 beat out other single cask whiskies from around the world, including the Glen Moray 1994 Sherry Cask Finish (Scotland), Kavalan Solist Port Cask Strength (Taiwan), Ichiro’s Malt The Single Cask #2067 (Japan) and Balcones’ Texas Single Malt Single Barrel (America), which had previously won their respective categories.
Held overnight in London, the final leg of the awards saw the various winners from countries around the world vie for the overall glory. Elsewhere there were wins for South Africa’s Bains Cape Mountain Whisky in World’s Best Single Grain and Japan’s Taketsuru 17-Year-Old in World’s Best Blended Malt.
Australia’s representative in the Best Single Malt category also came from Sullivans Cove, the Double Cask DC087. See the full list of finalists here.
Sullivans Cove famously won the top gong at the World Whiskies Awards in 2014 with their French Oak Cask HH525, a moment which hurriedly put Australian whisky on the global map.
Previous Winners Of The World Whiskies Awards
World’s Best Single Malt
2018: Hakushu 25-Year-Old
2017: Craigellachie 31-Year-Old
2016: Old Pulteney Vintage 1989
2015: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength
2014: Sullivans Cove French Oak HH0525
2013: Ardbeg Galileo
2012: Yamazaki 25-Year-Old
World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt (Since 2016)
2018: Sullivans Cove American Oak HH0351
2017: Chichibu Whisky Matsuri 2017
2016: Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength