Dram Review: Fleurieu A Heart of Gold

[54.1%・4 Years Old・Bottled in 2018・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 140 Bottles]

Nose:

The richness is quite reassuring, honey, toffee, vanilla nougat with a splash of anise.  Lemon marmalade and buttery salted caramel folded together.  More vanilla coming through, marshmallow with some wild flowers from the background.

Palate & Finish:

A virtually seamless transition from nose to palate with a thick, gooey mouthful of buttery toffee, sweet cream and lemon marmalade swirling together which brings out the inherently natural malty barley.  The citrus is shy at first but the raisins and sultana slowly blossom away, some minerals are added on the back end.

A gentler finish with golden honey drizzling atop of a chewy, nutty aftertaste..

Thoughts:

I suppose Mr. and Mrs. Andrew’s philosophy is really quite simple, to highlight the malt in malt whiskies..

In that sense, I must congratulate them in achieving what they have set out to do.. the Heart of Gold is quite an authentic dram simply celebrating good old barley sweetness.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

Thank you Gareth and Angela for sharing the dram, it’s much appreciated!

-Nicholas