A world whisky today, the Sullivans Cove Bourbon Cask. The Cove was the initial landing site of what is now the city of Hobart. It was founded on 21 February 1804 by the British, who traveled to the shore via what was then a rocky island named Hunter Island. Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart. Being a penal colony, the locals were quite fond of a drink with 16 legal distilleries and countless illegal stills operating by 1824. However, in 1838 Governor John Franklin imposed a total prohibition on distilling which lasted 150 years.
This was only overturned in the early 1990s. Sullivans Cove whisky was established in 1994 at Sullivans Cove in Hobart. Sullivans Cove is one of Tasmania’s most successful and widely distributed whiskies and available in 11 countries. Tasmania has some of the most favourable growing conditions on the planet.
Deep red basalt soils, ample water and a mild climate result in barley that is perfect for malting. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and its rainwater is so pure that quantities have been shipped to Australian Olympic Athletes competing overseas. One of the World Meteorological Organization-Global Atmosphere Watch network’s three Baseline Air Pollution stations is in Tasmania.
The air is so clean, it is used as a benchmark against which air pollution is measured around the world. Given the cleanliness of the air, rain water and therefore fresh water in Tasmania is vastly cleaner than anywhere else in the world.
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Tasting notes for Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation Cask Strength
I have bottle number 186 from 203 from barrel number HH0281. The barrel date is May 2000 and the bottling date is June 2009.
ABV: The Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation Cask Strength is bottled at 60% ABV.
COLOUR: The whisky is quite dark in the bottle but the colour in the glass is a more light golden-yellow with a hint of green. It is a nice and oily whisky with lovely fingers down the sides of the glass.
NOSE: Immediately brings bourbon sweetness and sticky toffee pudding to mind. The Sullivans Cove Bourbon get more hints of citrus fruits when you add a few drops of water. The nose is rich with hints of oak .
PALATE: On the palate there are notes of barley, spice and caramel mixed with vanilla sweetness. The Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation is a creamy smooth whisky and the 60% ABV surprises. It does not feel like such a high ABV. There are hints of citrus in the background.
FINISH: The Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation finish is long and ends in notes of mild spice and sweetness. In the background there are hints of leather and tobacco.
Sullivans Cove Bourbon Maturation started out amazingly. The nose is rich and complex and the first taste is creamy and smooth. The finish is however what caught me. The old leather and tobacco notes leaves a strange after taste.
But just because of the amazing nose and palate, I give the Sullivans Cove Bourbon Cask Strength a RATING: EXCELLENT.
A worthwhile addition to my World Whisky Collection. I also have a Sullivans Cove Double Cask in our collection and the tasting notes for this is updated.
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