Tassie whisky named world’s best single malt

Sullivans-Cove-FO-bottle 353-300x0Tasmanian distillery Sullivan’s Cove has been named the world’s best single malt whisky at the World Whiskies Award held on Thursday night in London.

Sullivan’s Cove’s French Oak Cask variety was judged the global winner, as well as Australia’s best, from a high-quality pool of single malt entries. They included Scotland’s Bunnahabain, Aberfeldy, Glenkinchie and Glenlivet distilleries, as well as Japanese powerhouse Yamazaki.

The World Whiskies Award is considered the most prestigious in the world for whisky producers and the manager and part-owner of Sullivan’s Cove, Patrick Maguire, said it would put Australia and Tasmania firmly on the world whisky map.

“It’s the big one, there are a few big ones in the world such as the Jim Murray Whisky Bible and Liquid Gold awards, but the World Whiskies Award is it, that’s the one everybody wants,” Maguire said.

“We’ve won Australia’s best, Australasia’s best and southern hemisphere’s best in the past but to win the overall best whisky globally is incredible stuff.

“It’ll really put Sullivan’s Cove and Australian whisky on the world map, there’ll be a lot of promotion of this in places like Britain and France, so it will really put us on top of the whisky tree.”

Judges described the French Oak Cask entry as “light, peppery and intriguing”, “a match made in heaven with a smooth buttery feel” and “keeping it simple in a very good way”.
Maguire said tasting the Sullivan’s Cove entry would have been something different for the judges. “I think what the judges are enjoying with us is that we don’t over-process our whiskies and this is something that the bigger distilleries have to do,” he said.

“The process of getting it into the bottle is something we do in a slow, old-fashioned way that retains all the natural flavours, colours and the viscosity of the whisky, and that’s something the judges don’t get the chance to taste all the time.

“With our whiskies, they are that old-fashioned style so that when the judges taste them they do tend to stand out, and that’s why we’ve been consistently winning these awards.

“We’re going to stick to our guns and continue on with the old-fashioned hand-bottling way that we do.”
Tasmania has a cluster of highly-regarded whisky distilleries which, surprisingly, are better known in other parts of the world than in Australia.

“It’s taken Australia a little bit longer to latch onto what we’re doing here with Tasmanian whiskies, not just for Sullivan’s Cove,” Maguire said.

“We’ve been selling into Europe and Canada for the last six or seven years, and Australia’s really only kicked in in the last two years.”

Local appreciation is rapidly catching up. however. “Years ago it was seen as an old man’s drink but our demograpic is changing rapidly, it’s now the 25- to 45-year-old age group and a lot of those are women, as well.”

For whisky aficionados plotting to obtain a bottle of the winning whisky, there is bad news.

The winning whisky was drawn from barrel number 525, and only 516 bottles were created and sent some time ago to retailers, making any examples still on shelves or in personal liquor cupboards rare and valuable.

Sullivan’s Cove itself has only three bottles from batch 525 left, and will be holding onto them until it figures out what to do with them, Maguire said.

“If there’s anybody out there able to run down to the bottle shop and find (Sullivan’s Cove) French Oak Cask from barrel 525, get it – quickly,” he advised.

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Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye a sign of things to come

JDWhiteRyeBrown-Forman Australia is hopeful of receiving further allocations of Jack Daniel’s small batch products following an overwhelming response to last week’s release of Jack Daniel’s Unaged Tennessee Rye.

Brown-Forman Australia senior brand manager Matt Harada told TheShout the Unaged Rye represents the outpost’s first successful attempt to get small batch products out of the US.

“They’re typically sold only out of Lynchburg or duty free in the US and it’s really the first time they’ve allowed a global market to participate in that,” he said.

“How quickly we sold out of that – it was gone in literally days – is a positive sign that there’s enough demand that we can keep asking those questions.”

“We’re now the second largest market outside the US for Jack Daniel’s, and so obviously if a global market is going to get it, we want to be first in the line,” Harada said.

Just 200 cases of the Unaged Rye were made available to Australia. An exploration into the intriguing flavour drawn from premium rye, the limited edition offering features a unique grain bill containing 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn and 12 percent barley malt.

The mash is fermented, distilled and charcoal-mellowed like all other Jack Daniel’s blends, then bottled at 40 per cent ABV.

Harada said upcoming limited edition releases from Jack Daniel’s include a rye whiskey, as well as the first in a series of seven Master Distiller’s Editions, which will each be dedicated to one of Jack Daniel’s seven master distillers, starting with Jack Daniel’s.

Jack Daniel’s current master distiller, Jeff Arnett, said: “Rye has always been part of the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 grain bill, but it has never been the lead grain until now.”

“This carefully crafted small batch of rye is a chance to taste the unaged spirit appreciating what the grain adds before the spirit draws its flavour from the barrel,” he said.

“We hope our friends will enjoy sipping it just as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Tennessee Rye has an RRP $130.00.

Article by By James Atkinson courtesy of The Shout

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Tassie tipple fit for President

Lark20yoThe US Ambassador to Australia is planning to introduce Tasmanian whisky to President Barack Obama.

Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich is so taken with the island state’s award-winning single malts he was planning to pick up some bottles for President Obama on a visit to Hobart today.

“He likes a whisky,” Ambassador Bleich told reporters.

“I’ve already promised I’m going to bring back some Tasmanian whisky with me.”

Tasmania is garnering a reputation as the Scotland of the south, with around eight distilleries making use of the island’s ideal environment.

The Sullivans Cove brand recently won awards at the World Whisky Masters in London and this week was named the southern hemisphere’s best in the respected Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Ambassador Bleich said he was currently enjoying the “vanilla-y, biscuity” taste of the Hellyers Road distillery’s products.

“I think it’s a very good thing that I’m in Canberra and can’t live here in Hobart because I love Tasmanian whisky a little too much,” he said.

The ambassador was in Hobart to speak about Tasmania’s relationship with the US.

Article courtesy AAP/The Mercury

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