Sullivans Cove “Introducing Old & Rare – A Range Decades In The Making” – Tasmanian Whisky News

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Sullivans Cove is proud to announce Old & Rare,
a whisky range decades in the making. 

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Building on our multi-award winning core range of Double Cask, American Oak and French Oak whiskies, “Old & Rare” is a new designation reserved for the very few casks that we allow to age for at least sixteen years. With incredible length and breadth of palate; rich, oaky and hugely textural, these whiskies retain the unmistakable brightness and character of Sullivans Cove’s unique spirit.

Our philosophy is to bottle our whiskies when we think they’re at their peak of flavour and character, regardless of age. The vast majority of our whiskies reach their peak at around 10-12 years, but every once in a while, our skilled distillers identify a cask with the specific characteristics that allow for extended maturation. The result is the oldest and rarest of Australian whiskies. This is something only possible at Sullivans Cove, the only distillery in Australia that has been consistently using full-sized casks for over 20 years.

“It’s a great feeling to see some of the earliest spirit we distilled and barrelled mature into the whiskies they are now today. Finally, being able to bottle them is like seeing your first born graduate from uni.” 

Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller

Our first Old & Rare releases include two award winning single cask offerings: a 17yo American Oak Single Cask HH0317 and a 16yo French Oak Single Cask HH0520.

Each bottle comes in a solid timber presentation box and includes a unique letter of authenticity, personally signed by our Head Distiller, Patrick Maguire and our Production Manager, Heather Tillott.

An incredible rarity and a milestone for both Sullivans Cove and the Australian Whisky Industry, these whiskies are a true piece of Australian whisky history.

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French Oak Single Cask HH0520

Winner: GOLD MEDAL World Whisky Masters, Asia 2018

Aged in a 300L French oak ex-tawny cask for 16 years, this whisky is irresistibly dark and rich; a dream marriage of malt and fortified wine. Bottled at 47.5% ABV, this cask produced only 169 bottles.

Nose: The darkest of all treacle and polished French oak furniture being warmed by a fire. Quality unlit cigars, prunes, molasses, cola and cherry jam.

Palate: Cherry cola, raisins, rosemary, dark chocolate, nutmeg, fine leather, candied orange peel and buttery shortbread.

Finish: An astoundingly thick texture that coats the palate completely and carries the dense brandied cherry flavour. Herbal, floral, prune and chocolate notes linger for many minutes.

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 American Oak Single Cask HH0317

Winner: MASTER World Whisky Masters 2018

Aged in a 200L American oak ex-bourbon cask for 17 years, Cask HH0317 is impeccably balanced and complex, very similar in age and style to the world-beating HH0351, which won Best Single Cask Single Malt in the World at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards.
Nose: An enticingly floral vanilla musk with creaming soda, marshmallows, toffee apple and hints of warm clove backed up by perfumed oak.

Palate: Incredibly rich and creamy with sweet blood oranges, ripe red apples, vanilla custard pastries, and orange marmalade. Smooth, warm, and very fine tannins balance perfectly with the sweet citrus profile.

Finish: Nutty caramel fudge, with floral tones, pastry, oranges and custard.

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