Dram Review: Sullivans Cove American Oak Single Cask HH0103

[45.9%・ 17 Years Old・Distilled in 1999 ・Bottled in 2017 ・Official Bottling・Cask No. HH0103・Single Cask Release of 115 Bottles]

Nose:

A light brush of barley, honey and orchard fruits, rather tepid actually, young honeydew with a hint of rice crisps that carries a toasted vibe.

Palate & Finish:

Definitely feeling more energy on the palate with the vibrant burst of fresh slices of watermelon and nashi pears, the malt provides a creamy follow through splashed with a good dose of oak spices.

Finishing off real easy with traces of white oak and watermelon sugar.

Thoughts:

It’s no secret, I genuinely think Sullivans Cove has been enjoying being in a league of its own for a couple of years now. They are probably the only Australian distillery currently with enough matured stock (that were solidly distilled) that and thus stylistically they are able to achieve a more refined whisky that has depth as well.

HH0103 is another cask that showcases the clean and easy going nature of a well aged Sullivans Cove spirit, and this is perhaps one of the tamer casks from them I have come across; calm for an Australian whisky and gentler than most.

 [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

-Nicholas

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