Tassie distiller Sullivans Cove has partnered with auctioneer Christie’s to make out there one of many few remaining bottles of its most up-to-date world beating whisky.
Bottle quantity 88 of the profitable cask, American Oak Single Cask #HH0351, is introduced in a hand-made Tasmanian Blackwood show field and can include a framed official certificates from the World Whiskies Awards.
A whisky for a trigger
All proceeds will go to The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, a charity with the mission of maintaining kids protected from all types of violence, created within the reminiscence of Port Arthur bloodbath victims Alannah and Madeline Mikac.
It will go below the hammer on June 7 and Sullivans Cove managing director Adam Sable expects the public sale might be hotly contested.
“We have had significant demand from collectors around the world looking to acquire the award-winning bottle and we are really excited to partner with Christie’s to support a Foundation doing great work for our community,” he mentioned.
For Sullivans Cove followers who’re more likely to be priced out of the operating, the distiller has 2 new merchandise in the marketplace.
But neither is whisky. Surprising its followers, Sullivans Cove has launched its first brandy, the end result of a venture that started a few years earlier than present proprietor Adam Sable took the reigns.
“When I came into the business I was aware that there was brandy that was produced many years ago,” he says.
“On common it is in all probability round ten years outdated, however there’s a number of older casks in there as properly.
“It was only a one-off for the workforce again then. We have no plans to put down extra brandy, I suppose we’ll give attention to our core product, which is whisky.”
Sullivans Cove XO Brandy might be launched in 2 totally different expressions. XO Single Cask will enable essentially the most complicated and intriguing brandy barrels to precise their distinctive traits, every batch producing only some hundred bottles.
Expected later this yr, XO Double Cask might be crafted utilizing conventional vatting strategies to create a wealthy and complicated brandy.
“While our nonetheless was designed for whisky manufacturing, and we’re famend for producing a number of the world’s greatest malts, stylistically it has extra in widespread with a brandy nonetheless than a conventional Scotch-style nonetheless,” mentioned Heather Tillott, Sullivans Cove manufacturing supervisor.
From whisky to brandy
The first launch of Sullivans Cove XO Single Cask – cask TDB0040 – was matured in a 300L American Oak ex-tawny (Australian port-style fortified wine) barrel for 9 years.
It instructions a $280 price ticket and has virtually bought out already, defying brandy’s considerably uncool picture right now.
“I believe as whisky turns into extra fashionable in Australia, single malt whisky drinkers will typically search for totally different experiences, and brandy is a logical step for them,” says Sable.
“The flavour profile is usually much less candy and extra oak ahead than a conventional brandy, and doubtless extra sturdy,” Sable says.
Putting the cider in teamwork
Meanwhile, Sullivans Cove has collaborated with one other powerhouse of Tassie drinks, Willie Smith’s Cider.
Continuing the category-defying collaborations which can be turning into more and more widespread throughout beer, wine, cider and spirits, Willie Smith’s has launched the 2018 restricted version Special Reserve cider aged in Sullivans Cove whisky barrels.
“We have very excessive requirements for a way we strategy our product from a top quality perspective, so after we do collaborate we’re very cautious about who we do this with,” says Sable.
“We’ve had a protracted relationship with the fellows from Willie Smith’s. We would not do it except it was a product that we have been ready to face by, and we have been actually pleased with the outcome.”
Sullivans Cove distiller Patrick McGuire says the barrels used on this venture have been American oak, ex-bourbon casks.
“They have been used for 2 to 4 years earlier than they have been emptied after which utilized by us to mature our whisky for at the least 12 years,” he says.
Innovation is vital
Ageing a few of Willie Smith’s best cider within the barrels for 16 months has produced a really complicated and really distinctive product, based on head cider maker Dr Tim Jones.
“We have produced a cider that displays meticulous integration of distinctive whisky notes and dry cider complexity – it’s wealthy and warming with spicy vanilla and fruit aromas and has a smooth and textural palate,” he says.
Last yr, Willie Smith’s 2017 particular launch cider Somerset Redstreak was named greatest conventional English cider on the International Cider Awards in Spain.
So at an RRP of $50, the Sullivans Cove whisky-aged cider combines the tastes of 2 world beating Aussie producers for a value that’s properly inside attain of most drinkers.
But one of the best should be but to come back, as Sable says the Sullivans Cove manufacturing workforce has plans for the now empty barrels which have beforehand accommodated cider, whisky and American bourbon.
“We’re enthusiastic about getting barrels like that again, which we will then probably fill with whisky and see what the outcomes are,” he says.
“While we think about our core merchandise, our workforce’s additionally obtained an actual modern and experimental bent, so we love doing stuff like that.”
James Atkinson from executivestyle.com.au