Great Outback Rare Old Australian Single Malt
Great Outback // Australia
A ghost of a whisky, information on the Great Outback whisky is hard to come-by (putting it politely). Supposedly the whisky was distilled between 1960 and 2000 between Perth, Western Australia and Tasmania. For those unfamiliar with Australian geography, that’s an odd 3500 Kilometers, or 2200 miles. Corio Distillery popped up as a possibility of origin, but as this distillery closed in 1989 this information cannot be verified. Another name that popped up was Cawsey Menck in Sydney, however there is doubt to whether this distillery is still operating. Attempts to contact the distillery on the telephone were met with failure, and neither a website nor email address can be found. The bottle itself refers to being “Distilled in Tasmania”, yet no connection can be found there either. What we can ASSUME is that the whisky was matured in an American Oak cask, although this comes from the taste of the whisky itself. A rumour heard while inquiring said that it may have been made by the previous owner of the famed Sullivans Cove, although this cannot be verified either. Somewhere, there is an answer. Maybe one day, someone will find it.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"A curiosity in itself, the nose present various sugars, with a spice quality of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the occasional mint flavor travels through towards the end. A vanilla-lolly quality is also present, and accompanies a heather-honey scent. On the tongue, there are sweet sugars and malts, slight bush-smoke qualities run through as an undercurrent, all backed with a mint that compliments well the whisky. It is, above all things, impressively smooth, so much so that one could mistake it for a master craft whisky. The finish is short and sweet, leading to a smoky finish that, quite like the whisky itself, is here and gone all too quickly. "