18 Jul 2013
Sullivan’s Cove ‘French Oak’
Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World
This Tasmanian Sullivan’s Cove was finished in French Oak port wine casks. It is bottled as a single cask, varying between 11 and 12 years old. It won various awards, e.g. ‘Best Australian Whisky’ at the World Whiskies Awards. I suppose there wasn’t much competition, but still…
Sullivan’s Cove ‘French Oak’ (47,5%, OB +/- 2012, HH436)
Nose: big fresh oak shavings, nice vanilla cream and lots of apple compote with cinnamon. Gooseberries and pineapples. Some powder sugar and wine gums. Subtle nutty notes. Despite the newish oak this is a very attractive nose, definitely better than the Double Cask. Mouth: very sweet and candied. Bags of Haribo bears. Mashed banana. Toffee and caramel. Traces of mango and coconut cream. Toasted oak. Also cake notes and a little white pepper, but the sweetness is overpowering. Finish: quickly fading, still very sweet but with a leathery / planky edge.
This is the better Sullivan’s Cove in my book. Not perfect, noticeably young but quite enjoyable and friendly. Around € 80 (too expensive, I think).