Dram Review: Black Gate BG002

[50.0%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2012・Bottled in 2014・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release]

As I am writing about the latest releases from Black Gate, I realised that I have never written about Black Gate’s expressions, despite being a fan for a while now; so here’s a belated post on the BG002, the whisky that made me a believer.The BG002 was the first whisky produced by Mendooran couple Mr. Brian Hollingworth and Mrs. Genise Hollingworth. The new make was distilled through direct-fired copper still and aged in a sherry cask for a little over two years.


The nose is heavy with unrefined brown sugar and a fine dose of buttery sherry, not to mentioned that diesel note fans have grown to love of Black Gate. It’s fragrant with a touch of beeswax and a bright youthful maltiness.

Palate & Finish:

The citrus and sugary entry on the palate with its slight touches of dirtiness and waxiness well interact with the maltiness, together they give a distinguished texture that accentuates the youthful characters. The nutty and earthy notes then sip out afterwards, forming a chocolate coated Christmas cake.

The finishing is soft with just a hint of lemon peels, and wee notes akin to Reese’s peanut butter cup and coconut flakes, with a touch of manuka honey surfacing gradually.


Young and Rustic.  A whisky (aged spirit if you are from other countries) that does not seek to show that it’s matured well beyond its age, but instead it is just a fairly enjoyable dram that is ready somehow after only two years.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]