Whisky 2019 – 12-15 – Lark Bar, Hobart

12 – Spring Bay Bourbon Cask 2016 Cask #34
Nose: pine resin, wax, mango skin, orange zest,

Palate: Egg pudding, passion fruit, grass, white pepper, tropical, lemon

Finish: vanilla cream

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13 – Spring Bay Sherry Cask 2016 Cask #28
Nose: maple syrup, chocolate bullets, toasted wood, butter, dates, corn chips

Palate: dusty, rhubarb crumble, brandy snaps, melted butter, dried vines

Finish: wet stones, cream, bitter herbs

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14 – Spring Bay Port Cask 2016 Cask #54 “The Rheban”
Nose: baked plum cake warm out of the oven with cream, stewed rhubarb, vanilla sugar, almond crunch

Palate: grape sweetness, plums, plums, plums, coffee, roasted almonds, apricots

Finish: vanilla cream, pavlova, stone fruit

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15 – Belgrove Wholly Shit Rye 57.8%
Note – this is a whisky where the rye has been “peated” by burning sheep dung. Yeah it’s pretty nuts.

Nose: Grassy, spicy, new make, cocoa powder

Palate: So intensely burnt corn (but in a good way), woody, dark chocolate, wet stones, grass

Finish: Dark chocolate, old bonfire

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Whisky 2017 – 64-72 – Heartwood tasting

64 – Redlands newmake
Apples, rock melon, lemon zest, pepper, juniper, cucumber. Roses, apple skin, aniseed, green strawberries.

65 – Adams Distillery 12 weeks old young make
Menthol cigarettes, mint leaves, musk lollies, brown sugar. Prunes, proper smoked bacon, coal, pepper, salt, Japanese black sugar candy.

66 – Belgrove oat whisky
Dust, stones, barnyard, perfume, musk, menthol. Glue, boot polish, brown sugar, butter almonds, pickled onions (but not in a bad way).

67 – Heartwood 3 of 3
Caramel, musk, brown sugar, lemons, prunes, chocolates, stewed apple, ice coffee, old butter. Heavy, kangaroo poo, leather, beef stock, dusty, soy sauce, coffee grounds, tomato paste.

68 – Heartwood We are twisted cousins (Lark)
Prunes, raisins, pastry, strawberry and mango, pine needles, pastis. Menthol, dust, raisins, eucalyptus, slightly medicinal.

69 – Heartwood Beagle 4
Soy sauce, raisins, creme patisserie, stewed apples, beef stock. Raisins, prune, musk, salt, soy sauce, marshmallow, tomato salad.

70 – Heartwood Calm before the storm
Deep malt, soy, deep sweet Asian beef cheeks, huge chocolate, glue, turps, burnt pineapple. Glacé lemon, beef consume, leather, soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, pine needles.

71 – Arran Madeira Cask
Gas, apricots, a malted chocolate, some sulfur and rubber, acetone, ants trapped in strawberry jam, marshmallow. Brandy snaps, some vanilla, roasted peanuts, old strawberries, zatar, mellows over time – the slightly bitter finish doesn’t help.

72 – G&M Glenturret 2002
Butter, cherries, licorice, toffee, fairy floss. Bit weak, grapes, toffee apples, slight cloves.