Sullivans Cove American Oak named Liquid Gold

American OakSullivans Cove, Tasmania’s world leading luxury single malt whisky, has been awarded a coveted Liquid Gold award in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.

Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask HH0047 scored 95.5/100, the highest score ever achieved by an Australian whisky in this year’s bible. This is an exceptional achievement for the distillery’s American Oak variety after the French Oak was named the world’s best single malt in the 2014 World Whisky Awards in London and further cements Sullivans Cove place as one of the world’s leading distilleries.

Now in its 12th year, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible aims to annually score every whisky available on the market. The book currently list 4,700 whiskies, each individually tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray, with the 2015 edition adding over 1,000 new whiskies to the list.

Chief distiller Patrick Maguire was delighted with the results: “This award is a fantastic recognition of the superior quality of our range and it is great to have the American Oak in the limelight after all the attention that the French Oak has been getting of late. This award is made so much more special by the fact that barrel HH0047 was the 47th cask that we ever made and it’s great to know that we got it right so early.”

Speaking on Sullivans Cove American Oak Cask HH0047, Murray noted: “…hard to imagine a malt whisky being more malt whiskier…few distilleries do weight on delivery better than this one…exemplary malt whisky: absolutely beautiful.

This adds to Tasmanian whisky’s growing reputation for excellent whisky. In addition to Sullivans Cove, which was named the world’s best single malt whisky and has now won its fourth “Liquid Gold” award, Lark Distillery, Heartwood Distillers, Old Hobart Distillery and Nant Distillery have all achieve “Liquid Gold” status and  Jim Murray awards Liquid Gold status to whiskies that score 94/100 or higher in his Whisky Bible and these whiskies are considered to be the very finest currently available in the world.

Isle of Skye Limited Edition 18 and 21 Year Old

Isle of Skye 18 and 21To toast the start of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky has announced the launch of two new limited edition 18 and 21 Year Old blended Scotch whiskies.

Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky has introduced the additional expressions as an extension to the range that currently features the popular 8yo blend, described by Jim Murray as a ‘superstar whisky that gives us all reason to live’. A fruity and well-balanced 12yo and a limited edition, elegant 50yo, of which only 400 bottles were ever produced, complete the selection.

The new 18yo has an enticing coastal air with gooseberry, cinnamon bread and gentle peat on the nose with a light smoke and fresh fruitiness on the palate and a malt and dark chocolate finish.

The 21yo has a nutty, dried banana and brown sugar nose with a rich full body on the palate, honeyed porridge and tropical fruit. The finish is wonderfully long and of dry rich oak.

Commenting on the new releases, Neil Boyd, Commercial Director of Malts for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “The Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky range was created based on a 19th century family recipe that blends distinctive peaty Island and mellow Speyside malts. Unusually for blends, each whisky in the recipe has been aged for a minimum of eight years. The addition of the 18 and 21yo whiskies will provide consumers with a superb high quality alternative to the standard 8 and 12yo within the range.”

The new expressions are now available from Harrods and the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky online shop. The 18 Year Old carries a RRP of £85.00 and the 21 Year Old 125.00.

Sullivans Cove named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year in 2013 Whisky Bible

Sullivans Cove, Tasmania’s luxury single malt whisky, has been named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask HH509 scored 96.5/100, the highest score ever achieved by a Southern Hemisphere whisky, and was named Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year. It is one of only 60 out of 4500 whiskies to have scored 96.5 and above, placing this exceptional whisky in the top 1% of whiskies ever made.

Now in its 10th year, Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible aims to annually score every whisky available on the market. The book currently list 4,500 whiskies, each individually tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray, with the 2013 edition adding 1,300 whiskies to the list.

2012 has been a fantastic year for the boutique Tasmanian producer, winning Gold at the World Whisky Masters, being named Australasian Distiller of the Year at the Wizards of Whisky and now completing the grand slam with Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year.

Speaking from LA where he is currently on tour promoting the USA launch of Sullivans Cove, Chief distiller Patrick Maguire was delighted with the results: “This is the second time this week that I have been called up with great news. First it was Australasian Distiller of the Year and now Jim Murray’s Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year! This is the greatest moment of my distilling career. To be awarded that kind of score by Jim Murray is just unbelievable. I would like to say a big thanks to the team back home; this is true testament to our hard work and its just such a great feeling to know that you have made an historic whisky. Huge party at the distillery when I get back!”

According to Murray, Sullivans Cove French Oak Cask HH509 “…re-wrote the Australian whisky books…it is not just the best whisky I tasted from Taz (sic), but it walked off with Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year. Not only that, it made its way to the Whisky Bible World Whisky of the Year taste off conducted among the six best whiskies I had tasted this year, hob-nobbing with the likes of Buffalo Trace, Ardbeg and Ballantine’s 17.”

This adds to Tasmanian whisky’s growing reputation for excellent whisky. In addition to Sullivans Cove, which has now won its third “Liquid Gold” award, Old Hobart Distillery and Nant Distillery have both achieve “Liquid Gold” status. Jim Murray awards Liquid Gold status to whiskies that score 94/100 or higher in his Whisky Bible and these whiskies are considered to be the very finest currently available in the world.