Whisky Review: Launceston Distillery Tawny Cask Matured

Style: Sweet and Herbal

Nose:

Brown sugar granules mixing with oat biscuits. Cereal bringing out a hint of herbal tone. Lemongrass and sweet longan gradually dominated by liquorice roots. Artificial sweetness like cherry drops masking a wobbly malt.

Palate:

Heavy herbal tone washing through the expression on the palate. Cherry liquorice turbo-charged by brown sugar syrup. Charred notes, red dates cluster around fresh-cut grass. More ripe red fruits rolling out at the end.

Finish:

Red cherries, gummies and herbal leaves staying until the very end.

Thoughts:

A recently-launched Tassie distillery, congratulations! Opening a whisky distillery might sound good on paper, but running it requires vision and a lot of hard work, it is always a beautiful thing to see your efforts come to fruition. Now, back to the whisky, it does remind me some traits of other Aussies whiskies at their respective earlier stages. On the other hand, it feels the young distillate is ultra-charged by a sticky, fruity cask and bottled at a optimal strength. A very cask-driven dram which managed to paper over some of the weak points of the spirit. That said, the overall expression is fairly drinkable, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

[46% • Original Bottling • Batch H17-02 • 468 of 590 Bottles • Tawny Cask Matured]

-Esmond