Official tasting notes.
Nose: Candied orange peel shining through sweet muscatel grapes. Vanilla fudge and hints of creamy malt. Musk sticks in 1980’s lolly bags meet a subtle earthy peatiness. A touch of bush fire smoke clashing with grape hubba-bubba bubble gum. Maraschino liqueur meet raw hazelnuts with a waft of dried cranberries.
Palate: Incredible spice explosion of cloves, cinnamon and a touch of Szechuan pepper. Dutch licorice meets dates and mixed dried fruits. Bursts of sweet Smoked paprika making an appearance with Intense oak interaction giving a dry mid palate. Hazelnut praline leaning into cranberry tartness with a Long, thick and oily finish
Highwayman x AOB ‘Diemen’s Rising’ 001 Single Malt Whisky 700ml 57.8%
Out of Stock
The 1st release in Highwayman’s Diemen Rising series
Region: Tasmania to Byron Bay, NSW
Cask type: Tawny, Apera, Pinot Noir, bourbon, botrytis, Meade and rum casks
Distilled: Distilled by AOB and Highwayman
Release Date: December 2022
The whisky was distilled in Tasmania on Highwayman’s equipment and also distilled at Highwayman distillery by owner and distiller, Dan Woolley in Byron Bay. Sold out on the Highwayman website, this is a first in a series of collaborations between Highwayman and AOB with an interweaving back story containing so many twists and turns that we’ll let AOB/Highwayman tell the tale.
“In 2016 we had thousands of litres of whisky contract distilled in Tasmania, aging it in a combination of various casks including tawny, Apera, Pinot noir and bourbon. This was left to mature for over 4 years before it was freighted up to Byron Bay. Meanwhile, and this is where it gets interesting, Dan purchased a mash tun and still in 2018. The same mash tun and still that the above-mentioned whisky was produced on! This equipment was freighted up to Byron Bay and Highwayman whisky production commenced in that same year at the Lord Byron distillery.
In 2021 the AOB whisky was tipped into a vat and married together before being transferred into a Botrytis (dessert wine) cask for a second maturation of over one year. In 2022 this whisky was then tipped into a vat and married with 2 Highwayman peated whisky casks that had been aging in Apera for approx 26 months. This incredible whisky was now taking on depth and complexity like nothing the boys had seen before but it wasn’t ready just yet…
The whisky was then divided into three equal parts for a final maturation in a Meade cask, a maple syrup cask and a rum cask. The whisky from the Meade cask and rum cask were then married together and bottled to create Dieman’s Rising 001 yielding 600 bottles at 57.8%. All of this dark and mysterious whisky was born in Van Dieman’s land, rising up the coast to Byron Bay – Dieman’s Rising”.
Limited to 1 per Customer.
Official tasting notes.