The Exile French Oak Tasmanian Single Malt 15 Year
The Exile // Tasmania, Australia
During the years of 1999 to 2001, Sullivans Cove worked under the name of Highland Holdings. At that time, they employed Bill Lark (the godfather of Australian whisky and founder of Lark Distillery) as Master Distiller and Patrick Macguire (current Master Distiller) who produced some 600 barrels of whisky, 300 of which were sold as private investment barrels. Some of these owners, such as Heartwood and Trappers Hut, retained their barrels and bottled them privately for their own release. This French Oak Cask Single Malt (Barrel HH0556) matured and distilled by Bill Lark himself is surely a rarity.
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.
Cask TypeFrench oak
"It begins with an incredibly rich and sweet nose wafting warmly from the glass; it’s heavy with raisins and a thick Christmas cake scent. Citrus tang flows throughout, softening the edges on an acetone tang that filters in toward the end. It turns to a floral, hay-like medicine, but keeps the heavy treacle it loves. On the tongue, much like the nose, it is heavy and sweet. The Christmas cake we saw earlier has heated treacle and thick notes of toasted raisins, orange rind and cooked dark fruits. Spiced vanilla peaks around the corner just in time to catch us off guard, with a surprising cinnamon and nutmeg quality just edging in. The finish is warming, building in intensity to a sharp drop-off while roasted sticky-toffee comes through on this medium-short finish. "