You’d be hard-pressed to find a self-confessed whisky lover anywhere in the world who doesn’t know the name Sullivans Cove. Australia’s most awarded distillery burst onto the global scene when their American Oak Single Cask became the first Australian whisky to achieve “Liquid Gold” status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible before becoming the only Australian whisky to ever be named “World’s Best Single Malt” at the World Whiskies Awards in 2014 for their French Oak Single Cask (which Pranil reviewed here).
Since 2014 their stock has rapidly risen in demand and price, and that will only increase with their latest achievement, once again taking out the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt for 2018. The specific bottling was one of just 136, the Sullivans Cove American Oak cask HH0351, distilled in June 2000 and matured in a 200L an ex-bourbon barrel before being extracted in January 2017.
Unfortunately, the majority of the award-winning whisky is already being enjoyed by Sullivans Cove customers, being consumed or treasured for investment. For those wanting to get a taste of the goods, Sullivans Cove also picked up the prize for Best Australian Single Malt for its Double Cask expression which is much easier to find, and more affordable.