Official tasting notes.
Warm fruity nose, dried fig and pears, creamy-sweet and viscous on the palate, notes of freshly ground nutmeg, gingerbread, fine oak, and a lingering spry and spicy finish.
Hunter Island Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky 700ml 48%
The 3rd release from the library of Damian and Madeleine Mackey that yielded 300 bottles
700ml: 48 %alc
Region: New Town, Tasmania
Cask type: Bourbon/Port
Bottler: Hunter Island Distillery
Release No: 3
Release date: 12th of April 2023
Damian and Madeleine Mackay of Mackey whisky, Poltergeist Gin and Shene fame have just launched their latest project, Hunter Island Whisky, taking inspiration from Ireland’s triple distilled, single pot still whiskies and we’re elated to have them join our Australian whisky portfolio.
This 3rd release was triple-distilled at the Mackey’s temporary distillery in New Town, Tasmania from a mash bill of 65% malted barley, 30% unmalted barley and 5% oats. The liquid was then matured in a combination of American oak (Jack Daniel’s) and first-fill European oak Portuguese port casks and bottled in its natural state.
What is Single Pot Still Whisk(e)y?
It’s an Irish style of whiskey that’s required to be made in a copper pot still, and is almost always triple distilled. The exact mashbill ratios to qualify currently consists of 30% minimum malted barley, 30% minimum unmalted barley and a maximum of 5% other grains. This includes a tweak to the current mash bill legislation using the ‘30/30/30 Rule’ allowing for up to 30% of ‘other grains’ instead of the capped 5%. Although this rule hasn’t been signed off as gospel just yet, it’s firmly believed the law will change in the very near future with distilleries already producing mashbills using the ‘30/30/30 Rule’.