Single malt whisky - tasting notes

31 Jul 2010

Sullivan’s Cove ‘Double cask’

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World

Sullivan’s Cove is the first Australian whisky I’ve tried. This single malt is distilled by Tasmania Distillery using Tasmanian barley and pure rainforest water. The Double cask version is a marriage of one American oak barrel (ex-bourbon) and one French oak barrel (ex-Port wine). Both are also available as separate bottlings at 60% ABV.


Untitled-1 Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask
(40%, OB 2010)

Nose: once it opens up, lovely sweet fruit appears (grapes, apple pie, gooseberry). Quite oily, with hints of scented candle wax and even hints of motor oil. Some cinnamon and subtle vanilla. White chocolate. Fresh wood chips and dusty cereals. Mouth: still quite an oily mouthfeel. Round, malty and fruity although the oak is a little heavy, with faint hints of varnish. A hint of leather. Not too complex. Finish: medium length, still heavy oak.

Sullivan’s Cove Double cask is a smooth single malt, but in today’s market it’s not exceptional. While the distillery claims this is their best so far, most reviewers seem to give higher scores to the other versions. The distillery definitely shows some promise. Around € 60.

Score: 76/100

Sullivan’s Cove ‘Double cask’ 2 Ruben Luyten 2010-07-31
  • Piazzolla

    We’ve tasted an other batch (even if no indication on the bottle), which have been bought directly at the distillery. It was very very much better than the batch arrived in Europe and you taste Ruben. In a second time, I make the comparison between the 2 batches recently, an I confirm there is a big difference …. disappointing ….

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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