The 21 Year Old Sullivans Cove Whisky for sale exclusively on the distiller’s website is the oldest ever official distillery release of Australian single malt whisky.
The Tasmanian distiller continues to triumph on the world stage, and production manager Heather Tillott has told the Drinks Adventures podcast that its longer ageing in large format oak is behind its success.
But the distiller’s oldest whiskies, produced by the founders between 1994 and 1999, were assumed to have been bottled and sold years ago.
Announcing the release of Sullivans Cove 21 Year Old, the distiller revealed it was an unexpected phone call that led it to a warehouse in Hobart, where four casks of its earliest single malt were discovered.
“We were overjoyed at the discovery of such an incredible part of our own story – four casks of liquid history to share with the world,” the distiller said.
“We were even happier when we tasted the whisky and discovered its incredible richness, texture and depth of character.
“The casks had been sold to private owners in the very early years of the distillery, so we tracked them down and bought the casks back, returning them to their rightful home.”
Due to be released for sale in October 2019, Sullivans Cove 25th Anniversary Special Edition is the resulting whisky, aged for over 21 years in 200-litre American Oak ex-bourbon casks.
“Considering the incredibly advanced age and resulting low volume of these casks, the small amount of remaining whisky in each was married together to create this special release, yielding a total of only around 500 bottles at 49.6% ABV,” the distiller says.
“This incredibly rare whisky is presented in a crystal decanter by Glencairn, and the label design reflects the packaging of Sullivans Cove’s first release of Tasmanian single malt from the late 1990s.”
The Sullivans Cove Whisky 25th Anniversary Special Edition will be for sale directly from the distiller at an RRP of $1800.
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