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  • $89.00
    $80.10
    Black Gate Rum Cask BG023

    Black Gate Rum Cask BG023

    A single cask rum from the Black Gate distillery in New South Wales’ greater west.

    Refinery molasses has been distilled through a copper pot still and then matured in an ex-port cask. It was distilled January 2015 and bottled August 2018. 205 bottles.

    Offered at 40 percent, rather than the distillery’s usual 50 percent, cask 19 is a more approachable (and affordable) entry into one of Australia’s best new rums. Easily sippable, with toffee and caramel notes.

    No added sugar or flavours and unfiltered.

    Black Gate is located in Mendooran in country New South Wales, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran. It is run by husband-and-wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth, with Genise controlling the rum distillation.

    Other Black Gate releases can be found here.

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  • $110.00
    $99.00
    Black Gate Overproof Rum Cask BG026

    Black Gate Overproof Rum Cask BG026

    A single cask, port cask matured rum from the Black Gate distillery in country New South Wales.

    Cask BG026 was an ex-port cask, which was bottled in July 2018 and released as part of their overproof 51% range.

    This has been distilled from fermented refinery molasses and then double distilled through the distillery’s direct fired copper pot still.

    The port cask has blessed this release with big toffee notes, a hint of spice and the classic Black Gate caramels. It’s a similar profile to their BG027 release, which was bottled a few months earlier.

    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.

    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 Brian and Genise Hollingworth's penchant for big, smoky Scottish whiskies and Black Gate's releases often find themselves on the heavier side of the Australian whisky spectrum.

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  • $195.00
    $175.50
    Black Gate Peated Cask BG055

    Black Gate Peated Cask BG055

    The long-awaited first heavily peated expression from New South Wales’ Black Gate distillery – cask BG055 arrives at cask strength and with plenty of attitude.

    Distilled used peated malt from Scotland, this has been matured in an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 63.6%. Distilled July 2016, it was bottled August 2018 and launched at Sydney Whisky Fair. 177 bottles in this expression.

    Black Gate have been known for a thick, oily spirit that builds treacle and golden syrup notes in sherry and port casks. This peated expression is quite different to what we’ve seen before, but in the style of the bulk of their currently-maturing stock.

    The nose is rich and sweet, with only the hint of peat, but the smoke charges through on the palate and lingers well into the finish. A rare example of an Aussie whisky that has held a considerable amount of smoke.

    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.

    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 Brian and Genise Hollingworth's penchant for big, smoky Scottish whiskies and Black Gate's releases often find themselves on the heavier side of the Australian whisky spectrum.

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  • $245.00
    $220.50
    Black Gate 620s Single Malt Whisky

    Black Gate 620s Single Malt Whisky

    The 620s expression from country New South Wales distillery, Black Gate.

    The follow on from their famed 520s expression, which is now being swapped for well above its original retail price, the 620s is once again a vatting of 20-litre-casks. This time there’s six in the mix.

    Distilled March 2016 and bottled May 2018, this has been bottled at pure cask strength – which is a staggering 71.1%. Just 184 bottles in the run, The Oak Barrel has managed to secure a generous – but still modest – allocation.

    Tasting Notes By The Oak Barrel:

    Nose: Hard to not approach something this strong with a bit of hesitation (the sample bottle also has “not for the faint of heart” written on it), but we needn’t have worried. This nose is exceptional. Rich toffee, Werther’s Originals, crystallised golden syrup, cloves. Spices change with water, a bit of cut grass, nettle, hint of spearmint.

    Palate: A bit of a jump at the start, settles into tongue-coating caramels. Sweeter with water, more vanilla.

    Finish: Medium length, with golden syrup on pancakes (there’s vanillas, there’s concentrated sugar, butterscotch…) Dash of water extends the length as the alcohol calms down, but brings out those soft, cake batter-vanillas.

    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, Genise and Brian Hollingworth are now working full time at the distillery, which is allowing them to lay down more casks than that's well up on the original three-or-so a year they were managing. While stock levels are still extremely tight, we are beginning to see a slightly more regular releases, which bodes well for the future.

    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.

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  • $99.00
    $89.10
    Black Gate Rum Cask BG019

    Black Gate Rum Cask BG019

    A single cask rum from the Black Gate distillery in New South Wales’ greater west.

    Refinery molasses has been distilled through a copper pot still and then matured for over two years in casks that previously held whisky, before that sherry.

    Offered at 40 percent, rather than the distillery’s usual 50 percent, cask 19 is a more approachable (and affordable) entry into one of Australia’s best new rums.

    Thick and fruity, with mild sherry and treacle influences.

    Black Gate is located in Mendooran in country New South Wales, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran. It is run by husband-and-wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth, with Genise playing a strong role in the rum distillation. She's one of only a handful of female distillers in Australia.

    Other Black Gate releases can be found here.

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  • $195.00
    $175.50
    Black Gate BG022 Port Cask Whisky

    Black Gate BG022 Port Cask Whisky

    Black Gate BG022 is a post-cask whisky release from the country New South Wales distillery and part of their second wave of releases.

    A single cask expression and their second ever port cask release, this was matured in a 100 litre ex-port cask. Distilled October 2014 and bottled November 2017, at 50% it yielded 199 individually numbered bottles.

    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.

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  • $195.00
    $175.50
    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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  • $145.00
    $130.50
    Black Gate Ranga Rum

    Black Gate Ranga Rum

    A limited edition ginger-beer cask finished rum from the Black Gate Distillery, named Ranga because "it's got a bit of ginger in it".

    This has been double distilled in a copper pot still from refinery molasses. It spent two years in a 100 litre sherry cask before being being finished in a 100 litre ex-ginger beer cask.

    Located in Mendooran, 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 3-or-so they were managing - hence the demand for their releases.

    This was tasted from a pre-release sample at the distillery and showcased strong, rich brown sugar, treacle and raisins on the nose. The ginger came through on the palate - in quite a substantial way - with a drying finish.

    Bottled at 51% and with just 161 in the run, we've been allocated very limited stocks and expect this to be a "did you ever get a bottle of..." expression in future years.

    The label was designed by a local artist.

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  • $259.00
    $233.10
    Black Gate Single Malt Cask #008

    Black Gate Single Malt Cask #008

    A single sherry cask-matured whisky from the Black Gate distillery in country New South Wales.

    Cask 8 dates back to the very beginnings of the distillery's miniscule production. An unpeated single malt, it has aged for three years in a 100 litre sherry cask, which was exposed to a great deal of temperature fluctuations in country NSW. This is understood to have been matured for a time in the infamous 'black roof' period of Black Gate's warehouse, whereby the temperature variations were even more extreme than they are now.

    Located in Mendooran, 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 3-or-so they were managing - hence the demand for their releases.

    Released August 2016 at the Sydney Whisky Fair, it is the last whisky release the distillery will have for 12 months. (We're not lying when we say that the initial production was very small!)

    Oak Barrel Tasting Notes (pre-release tasted at the distillery):

    We were told it was unpeated, and there is that richness we've come to expect straight on the nose. Dates, treacle, golden syrup, burnt brown sugar. Thick, cask-driven. Palate is a bit different, it has that boldness we saw in BG005 but also elements of the spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, cracked pepper) that made 007 a different beast. Both intermingle here, into a very nice length finish. Initial opinion is this is one of their best yet. Up there with BG005 and the 520s in our opinion.

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  • $135.00
    $121.50
    Black Gate Rum Cask BG017

    Black Gate Rum Cask BG017

    Finally back in stock after 12 months absence - the next single barrel rum from New South Wales distillery Black Gate is here.

    Distilled from fermented refinery molasses this was double distilled in their direct-fired copper pot still in March 2014. Matured in a 100-litre ex-sherry cask, it was bottled May 2016. 

    Bottled at 51%, the cask - BG017 - yielded just 165 bottles. Each have been individually numbered and signed.

    If their first rum cask was anything to go by this will be full of flavour and spice, with sweet brown sugar.

    Black Gate is located in Mendooran in country New South Wales, between Dubbo and Coonabarabran. It is run by husband-and-wife team Brian and Genise Hollingworth, with Genise playing a strong role in the rum distillation rums. She's one of only a handful of female distillers in Australia. Other Black Gate releases can be found here.

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  • $259.00
    $233.10
    Black Gate Cask Strength Single Cask BG011

    Black Gate Cask Strength Single Cask BG011

    A cask strength, single cask release from Mendooran's Black Gate distillery in country NSW. 

    One of the most exciting new Aussie single malt distilleries, this release is the first under their new 'Cask Strength' label (The 520s release was cask strength, but bottled under its own bespoke label) and is drawn from cask BG011. Cask 11 was a 100 litre sherry cask and yielded just 169 bottles.

    Quite a fruity expression, this has the classic syrupy, oilly thickness of Black Gate amplified at 65.8%. A lot of that texture comes from distillers Briand and Genise Hollingworth taking a late final spirit cut to retain as many of the oily compounds as possible. 

    The nose is big with treacle, golden syrup and mixed spice and the palate ever richer, with fruits, spice and a hint of oak. The finish appears to be quite short - but it's a trick of the ABV - and it coats your mouth, particulalrly the top corners. This is a whisky that makes its memory known long after you've finished the glass.

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  • $189.00
    $170.10
    Black Gate Single Malt Cask #007

    Black Gate Single Malt Cask #007

    The highly anticpated new release from the Black Gate distillery, located in Mendooran, country NSW.

    Brian and Genise Hollingworth have become one of the most talked-about distilling partnerships in Australia in the past 12 months thanks to some outstanding extremely small batch and single casks releases. Following on from BG002, BG004, BG005 and the 520s cask strength expression comes the seventh cask ever filled by the husband-and-wife team, BG007.

    Once again matured in a 100 litre sherry cask, BG007 is unpeated.

    Tasting notes by The Oak Barrel

    Nose: Straight away this is what we've come to expect from Black Gate - big brown sugar and golden syrup, the nose is thick and treacle-y. With time there's a bit of spice emerging, particularly cloves.

    Palate: Now this is a little bit different. This is a slightly lighter mouthfeel to previous releases, not quite as thick as the peated casks but more elegent and smooth because of it. The spice is the defining factor here, cloves again with nutmeg, ginger (gingerbread perhaps?) and then ground coffee beans. The spice is quite different to the 520s, which was all about the pepper.

    Finish: Healthy length, drying but delicate with the golden syrup and sublte spice.

    Comment: Another fantastic release from the Hollingworths, it touches on some familiar notes but more excitingly it's a variation on their theme.

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