Our tasting notes.
We were lucky enough to sample this beauty with Damian straight from the cask before it was bottled. What a joy it is – Think sun dried fruits, Anzac biscuits, baking spices and sweet oak all mingling on a liquid-velvet palate of rich complexity leading to a medium and spicy final act from the unmalted barley.
Hunter Island Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky Cask Strength 700ml 63.1%
The first cask strength whisky from the distillery matured in bourbon and port casks that yielded 168 bottles.
700ml: 63.1% alc
Region: New Town, Tasmania
Cask type: Bourbon/Port
Bottler: Hunter Island Whisky
Style: Irish Pot Still
Release No: 4
Release date: 8th of June 2023
This 4th release is the distillery’s first cask strength whisky created from Hunter Island’s signature mash bill of 65% malted barley, 30% unmalted barley and 5% oats. The liquid was then triple distilled in their copper pot still at the Mackey’s temporary distillery in New Town, Tasmania. First aged in 30L ex-Port and ex-Bourbon casks, head distiller Damian Mackey then married the spirit into an ex-Bourbon ‘Heaven Hill’ American Oak quarter cask. Bottled at cask strength in its natural state with zero chill-filtration or colour at 63.1% ABV.
Check out our Blog HERE for a detailed look at Hunter Island Distillery.
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’.
Our tasting notes.