Official tasting notes
Nose: A bold spirit-forward entry greets you with waves of warm tropical fruit juice, incense smoked pineapple chunks and Nocino – the Italian spicy, sweet and slightly bitter walnut liqueur. After the initial waft has blown away there are notes of imperial stout, hazelnut cream and fresh earth. The middle notes bring waves of powerfully decadent American oak; cacao nibs, brown sugar salted caramel, custard buns with coconut icing and 95% dark chocolate. The spirit remains viscous and vibrant with layered tropical fruit nuances, and the oak profile opens with time to take on more confectionary qualities (creaming soda and pink musk lollies).
Palate: Transitioning with oomph (note: technical term), the palate immediately strikes you with an incredibly thick, silky texture; balanced by a pucker of oak grip, and followed by lemon sherbet. The middle palate brings loads of silky tropical fruits, a pop of Parma Violets, warm ginger and generous baking spices provided by the American oak. Incredibly lush, the palate continues on to provide condensed milk and lots of sweet grass, as the oak grip loosens and becomes more perfumed with each moment in the glass (amber, sandalwood, cedar) and a green, peppery and grassy back palate sees you to the finish.
Finish: With the aromatic oak spices still lingering in the air, the finish brings grounding, round and full notes of fatty macadamia nut and cinnamon toast with salted butter. The grassy and herbal note from the palate sustains with an added waxy nuance, as lavender and sage see the finish out with generous length.
Sullivans Cove 9 Year Old American Oak Cask Strength TD0444 700ml 66.9%
Out of Stock
200L American Oak ex-Bourbon cask that yielded 191 bottles.
Region: Cambridge, Tasmania
Cask type: American Oak ex-bourbon
Bottler: Sullivans Cove
Filled On: 25th of October 2013
Decanted On: 16th of February 2023
This expression (TD0444) was chosen to be the first Sullivans Cove ‘Cask Strength’ bottling in 5 years making it one rare diamond in the crest of Sullivans Cove bottlings. Distilled in October of 2013 and decanted in February of 2023, the whisky was matured for 9 years and 3 months in a single, second-fill, 200-litre, American oak ex-bourbon cask before been bottled at a natural cask strength of 66.9%.
Miranda Lidgerwood, Sensory and Marketing for Sullivans Cove comments:
“There’s no misunderstanding why TD0444 was chosen to be the first Sullivans Cove Cask Strength bottling in 5 years. Full of flavour and force, it is a glass you want to sit on for hours. TD0444 – at an astounding ABV of 66.9% – provides the vast spectrum available to experience from one Sullivans Cove single cask, at the ABV you choose, or in the glorious full noise of natural cask strength. A genuine treasure.”
The bottling code TD stands for’ Tasmanian Distillery’ which means the whisky was distilled and filled in to barrels between 2004 and 2016 when ‘Tasmanian Distillery’ were the owners of Sullivan Cove under the watchful eye of Patrick Maguire.
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Official tasting notes