Heartwood Devil May Care Single Malt
Heartwood // Tasmania, Australia
Independent bottler, Heartwood, owned by whisky enthusiast Tim Duckett, has once again brought a fantastic whisky to the table with the Devil May Care. It is a 14 year-old whisky from Sullivans Cove and is matured in an ex-bourbon barrel. This whisky, along with others of Heartwood’s range, represent some of the oldest Australian whiskies on offer. This tasting was completed with bottle 125 of 180 bottles produced.
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.
"An immediate prickle, the nose retreats if this whisky is taken too eagerly. If treated carefully, it opens to a deep vanilla into heavy dark-chocolate fudge. Sulfuric tones dance with the spices before candied flowers and toffee apples appear with a definite citrus tang and a hint of perfume. The tongue hits sour flowers and sweet citrus fruits with pineapple, marzipan, and sultanas rubbing against leather. The finish is long and viscous and moves into spiced custard and puckering, salty chocolate. "