Interview: Catching Up With The Hollingworths of Black Gate Distillery

You can read our last interview with Brian and Genise here. Nicholas:  So tell me, what has changed at Black Gate since our last chat over three years ago? Brian:  Well, we built a cool room so we can ferment during the hotter weather, and we were able to increase production from when we first…

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Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 008

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: A firm sense of toffee and chocolate on the nose but it’s also slightly herbal.  Even with the leather and mahogany it is inherently sweet and as gentle as it gets for an Australian whisky.  It’s not particularly layered but certainly charming. Palate & Finish: Dark blackberries getting crushed…

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Dram Review: Limeburners Infinity Solera Cask

[43.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: Moist Banana bread and sultana in fairly soft dosage, chocolate sundae sauce with a sound introduction of malt before getting a tad gingery in time. Palate & Finish: Quite an appealing sultana note to begin albeit on the thin side, lightly brushed with chocolate sauce. Some lemony note to…

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Dram Review: Timboon Port Expression (Bottled on 31 July 2017)

[41.0%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2017・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: The unique ester-y profile is present, but this batch has more honey and malt to it. Smooth caramel lightly applying its sweetness as some pepper and ginger flower notes come about whilst the grassiness develops. Palate & Finish: Light, thin honey with barley infusion, simplistic…

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Dram Review: Timboon Port Expression (Bottled on 30 August 2016)

[40.0%・3 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・General Release] Nose: A cute dose of ginger flowers at first, followed by the bubble gum and green apples aromas that the distillery has gained a reputation for. There is an interesting ramune note with some playful artificial fruitiness, and some pepper on the back end. Palate &…

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Dram Review: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Redlands Distillery Cask TIB RD 001

[48.4%・NAS・Bottled in 2017・Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Bottling・Cask 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…

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Dram Review: Iniquity Batch No. 009

[46.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2017-2018・Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: A fulfilling dose of baked almond nibs and mahogany. An earthy presence supplemented with dark chocolate and blackcurrants jam. The experience been accentuated by notes of freshly crafted macaroons, black cherries and cured ginger. Palate & Finish: Juicy black cherries and liquor soaked oranges interacting with almond macaroons with…

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Dram Review: The Grove Small Batch Corn Whiskey Mash Maple Syrup Infused

[40.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2017・Official Bottling・Batch Release] Nose: Sweet syrupy nose, wee plums and fresh pasture. The corn sweetness and the white spirit have been hidden under the cover. It’s as if one has opened a fresh jar of maple syrup and just poured it all over the spirit characters. Palate & Finish: Sweet and acidic, green…

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Dram Review: The Grove American Style Spirit Distiller’s Cut Cask DC014 Release 2

[55.0%・NAS・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. DC014・Single Cask Release of 200 Bottles] Nose: Meat broth and leather seasoned with brown sugar. Cream powder, lavender flavoured car fragrance and blackcurrants jam. The spirit is so young I’d be surprised if it is barely legal. Palate & Finish: Blackcurrants and ginger with a whole lot of spiciness and…

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Dram Review: The Grove Single Grain Single Malt Cask 3

[50.0%・NAS・Bottled Circa 2014-2017・ Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 86 Bottles] Nose: Heavy on the butyric acid to begin, teriyaki beef jerky, prawn broth, paw paw, green papaya salad.  Incredibly though, beneath the elaborated display of distillery identity, it’s still quite new make-y with a soured barley note. Palate & Finish: Green and spicy, very young…

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