Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Redlands Release 1 (Cask No. TIB RD 001)

[48.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask No. TIB RD 001・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Quite young and vibrant; green grapes, wet grass, fresh lime intermix with roasted barley and almond butter.

Palate & Finish:

Condensed dry muscat grape sweetness, nothing too outrageous and actually quite gentle. Thin brushes of red wine tannins and red grape skin bitterness combining well with a rounded dose of barley influenced honey sweetness. Light, swift burn of spices with some caramelised banana coming through.

The finishing is a bit malty and nutty, with generous doses of minerals and burnt toast.

Thoughts:

Easy to drink and technically sound, it’s certainly more approachable for people who aren’t used to Australian whiskies.

The muscat cask influence is present but didn’t alter the spirit too much. Will this be a new trend as traditional Australian Port and Sherry barrels run short? Quite possibly the case.

In any case if this is the direction Mr. Tim Duckett is going for then I for one am on board.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

Nicholas