First Impression: Black Gate BG021

[49.3%・ Distilled in 2014・Bottled in 2017・3 Years Old・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 213 Bottles] Nose: The thickness of old Black Gate has been replaced in favour of a more balanced delivery.  The aged lemon from the “Port” cask is in play here with subtle notes of basil, oregano, minerals and copper.  With time the familiar…

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First Impression: Black Gate 520s

[67.0%・2 Years Old・Distilled in 2013・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 159 Bottles] Nose: Big musky aromas from the “Australian Sherry casks”, a dusty note that is a key signature note of early Black Gate releases.  Dried flowers and poached fruits with toffee treacle and the quintessentially Australian diesel note. Palate & Finish: A full on…

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Whisky Review: Black Gate Single Malt Cask Strength Cask 11

  Style: Musky and Spicy Nose: A mash of sweetness and spices with an herbal overtone. Beneath the cover reveals a lower acidic branch, a mix of super lemon candies and cola gummies. Chilli spice puffs out together with vinegar. Palate: Crystallized red fruits shattered as toffee core slowly dripping out. Unique, lip-smacking sweetness comes…

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First Impression: Black Gate Cask #016 Exclusively Bottled for The Oak Barrel

As a Black Gate fan, it gives me great pleasure to have the opportunity to officially announce that Mr. Brian Hollingworth and Mrs. Genise Hollingworth are releasing the single cask #016, exclusively for The Oak Barrel Sydney Whisky Fair 2016. Hailed from the pedigree of the iconic 520 release, the #016 is the sixth 20 litre first-filled…

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A sit down with Mr. Brian Hollingworth of Black Gate Distillery

A decade ago, it might have seemed strange to celebrate world whisky day with a nip of Australian whisky. I wouldn’t know, I was in middle school back then. Times are a bit different now, with website getting crashed from eager fans trying to get their hands on the latest release, to award winning casks skyrocketing through…

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