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SA distillers celebrate World Whisky Day with new releases

78 Degrees Native Grain Whiskey 2022

78 Degrees Distillery will celebrate World Whiskey Day on Saturday 21 May with the fourth annual release of its Native Grain Whiskey.

Winner of the prestigious ‘World’s Best Grain Whiskey’ trophy at the World Whiskies Awards in 2021, Native Grain is the only whiskey in the world produced using an Australian native grain species. A

Handcrafted from a base of local, single paddock barley, along with native weeping grass, Native Grain is fermented and distilled using 78 Degrees’ unique single-shot distillation method.

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The whiskey is then rested in a single, 120L specially-coopered ex- French Oak Cabernet Franc cask for an elegant and refined whiskey that balances the fine tannins of European oak with the unique flavour profile of weeping grass.

“Over the past four years, we’ve played around with wattleseed, kangaroo grass, spinifex and salt bush seed, experimenting with different native produce and refining the taste and finish through fermenting and distilling on husks,” says 78 Degrees fonder Sacha La Forgia.

“This year’s release focuses on weeping grass, which produces a plump grain similar to wild rice, and imparts beautiful cereal, brown rice-like characters, with hints of apricot kernel and toasted chocolate when distilled.

“The resulting whiskey displays fresh red berry and ginger characteristics on the palate and a fine, long finish with notes of dried apricots and kitchen spice.”

Only 400 bottles of Native Grain Whiskey have been produced, and it is available for purchase from the 78 Degrees website from Saturday 21 May with free shipping Australia-wide.

Twenty Third Street Australian Single Malt Whisky

Meanwhile, fellow SA distillery Twenty Third Street has opened pre-orders for a new expression championing local Kangaroo Island barley.

The spirit was distilled in Twenty Third Street’s heritage copper pot stills, with one portion undergoing a third distillation to impart additional fruit complexity. Maturation is in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels.

The Australian Single Malt Whisky will be released to the public in mid-July. Become a Twenty Third Street VIP to secure a bottle in advance of the launch.

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