Dram Review: Fleurieu First Release

[52.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 600 Bottles]

Nose:

An aged soy sauce note, rather umami.  Though there are shades of new make through out there is also the aged sherry influence giving off some dark vibes, meaty and rich with toffee.  It’s very indulgent for a young Australian whisky with a fascinating hint of coal smoke coming through on the back end.

Palate & Finish:

A syrupy and sticky affair, toffee sauce runs alongside molten caramel, a base of café au lait is sharpened by some bright dried fruits, lifting the delivery and giving a second wave of poached fruit sweetness.

The raisins steadily glide on, with a soft tree gum note.  A decent woodiness draws the charming proceedings to a close.

Thoughts:

For a first release, this is really quite something.

Sound profile and execution, this feels like a release from an Australian distillery with many years under its belt.

Gareth, just keep releasing quality whiskies and the distillery’s reputation will build itself. No marketing needed.

[Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

Nicholas