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  • Black Gate Port Cask BG021 Single Malt

    Black Gate Port Cask BG021 Single Malt

    Black Gate BG021 is the first whisky release from the country New South Wales distillery in 12 months, and their first ever port cask matured whisky.

    A single cask expression, this was matured in a 100 litre ex-port cask. Bottled at 49.3% it yielded 213 individually numbered bottles.

    This release carries all the sweetness and treacle of the distillery’s house style, but initial impressions are finding it a bit smoother that their previous sherry releases, with a little less spice as well.

    Limited quantities.

    Located in Mendooran, not far from Dubbo in New South Wales' Greater West, Black Gate have earned themselves cult status amongst drinkers with their single malt and rum expressions.

    Often single cask, Brian and Genise Hollingworth are currently managing to fill just 15 casks a year - that's well up on the original three-or-so they were managing – hence the demand for their releases.

    The small town of about 300 people has a unique climate for whisky and wide temperature variations ensure lots of interaction between the whisky and the cask. That intensity is matched by Black Gate's heavy spirits which is achieved by late spirits cuts. The inspiration comes from the Hollingworth's penchant for big, smoky Scottish whiskies and Black Gate's releases have so far been on the heavier side of the Australian whisky spectrum.

    See all Black Gate releases here.

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  • Penderyn Peated Single Malt Welsh Whisky

    Sale!Penderyn Peated Single Malt Welsh Whisky

    An interesting peated single malt expression from Wales' Penderyn whereby the whisky is part matured in casks that previously held peated Scotch whisky.

    The Penderyn spirit is quite delicate and so to amplify the peat notes a mixture of those ex-Scotch casks are utilised alongside American oak ex-bourbon casks.

    The end result is a lightly peated, typically delicate, whisky aided by being bottled at 46%.

    Penderyn started production in 2000, revitalising the historic Welsh whisky industry which had been silent for some time.

    Their distillery is notable for their unique Faraday still, which was designed by David Faraday exclusively for the distillery. Comprised of a pot still that leads into a coloumn still neck (see a diagram here), it means that their distilling run can be done in one charge - rather than the two required by the Scottish distilleries.

    It also means that their spirit runs off the still at 92% alcohol, extraordinarily high for malt whisk. Just like grain whisky, then, once watered down to mature Penderyn's spirit is light, delicate and refined, ready to take on lots that the casks have to offer. 

    Tasting notes by whisky lovers at The Oak Barrel at a recent tasting:

    "More peat reek than perhaps expected. Banana lollies, iodine, the morning after a cigar, leeks, a rental car that's just been smoked."

    (Thanks for everyone helping out with those notes when we were a bit under the weather.)

    Tasting notes from industry legend Dr Jim Swan:

    "The Penderyn Peated in this bottle has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-peated Scotch whisky casks to bring out its appealing character. It introduces itself with sweet, aromatic smoke. Under this, there are signature notes of vanilla, green apple and refreshing citrus. An array of gentle flavours tempts even the most sophisticated palate, while smoke and vanilla linger on the attractive medium length finish."

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  • Brave New Wine Dreamland Riesling 2017

    Brave New Wine Dreamland Riesling 2017

    This is the highly sought after botanical infused Riesling from Brave New Wine. It's naturally fermented with local native bush herbs and spices. A beautifully aromatic wine with fresh lemon and grapefruit, a touch of mint and a hint of pepper. 

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  • Gentle Folk Little One Petit Verdot 2016

    Gentle Folk Little One Petit Verdot 2016

    We adore this wine. It's so rare to see a 100% Petit Verdot. Beautifully perfumed nose with violets, forest berries, cassis, vanilla and musk. The palate is fresh with earthy, plummy notes (this wine has a real tar and roses kind of vibe) balanced with crunchy acidity and fine chalky tannin structure.

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