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Sullivans Cove Port Barrel

My first whisky from Australia and I have to say this one blew me away, both literally (bottled at 60% ABV) and figuratively.  Wow!!  On a recent business trip to Paris I stopped in at La Maison du Whisky and noticed they sold sets of Australian whiskies in 4 cl sample tubes in a very nice presentation box.  As two of the whiskies in the box set are also in the book 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die I bought it and for some reason when back in my hotel room I chose the Port Barrel to start my Australian whisky journey.    Good choice.  The nose had dark fruits... figs, plums, black cherries (pick one they were all there).... and chocolate.  Perhaps because I was in Paris I wrote in my notes "fancy french bakery".  So powerfuland good was the nose there was hardly any alcohol even though this was a 60% ABV bohemeth.  The taste had more fruits plus spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and more bitter chocolate.  Neat it was very drying and with a little water it got creamier and sweeter, perhaps toffee.  I also got a little smokiness at the very end.  The finish is longer that a Peter Jackson Middle Earth epic with tobacco, cocoa and fruits again.  Might be my favorite discovery of 2012.   The only problem... how the hell do other Ausralian whiskies live up to this?

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Australia
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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