Sullivan’s Cove French Oak Whisky Review

This week we go back to where it all began for whiskies and Australia. Up until 2014 whisky was something either Scottish or American. The dram that put Australia on the whisky map! The 2014 Winner of world’s best single malt at the World Whiskies Award – Sullivan’s Cove French Oak.

Not only has brand recognition for Sullivan’s Cove gone up but so has the prices. Prior to 2014 you could pick up a bottle of Sullivan’s Cove French Oak for closer to $100.00 from Dan Murphy’s after its been collecting dust for a few months. Now, they are sold prior to hitting retail shelves for a whopping $450.00!

This has also had a ripple effect onto the entire whisky industry with liquor giants such as Diageo buying stakes in Australian whisky companies. Keep an eye out for significant growth with increased statements particularly overseas. With a bit of hardwork the world could be talking about whiskies from down under the same way they speak about Japanese whisky.

That’s enough market talk. Let’s get into the bottle.

Sullivans Cove French Oak

Nose (Aroma)

The nosing unmistakably brings cinnamon and cloves accompanied by what I would describe as chocolate hazelnut. The chocolate intensifies towards the end to bring character and balanced aromas other whiskies will find hard to match.

Palate (Taste)

Though it’s the palate where Sullivan’s Cove French Oak is true winner. At the beginning there is subtle dark chocolate notes. Slowly sweetness intensifies in the form of toffee. Sweetness alone can make drams flat and to cut this sweetness there are hints of pepper and oak dancing and gliding throughout this whisky.

Finish (After Taste)

The chocolate theme continues to the finish but bringing with it some light fruity notes with an ever so passing note of citrus.

Overall, the Sullivan’s Cover French Oak is a winner on many fronts. If you are lucky enough to snag a bottle you will not be disappointed.

Notes on the Author – Pranil Chandra is the man behind the Instagram Whisky Blog kyandkey. Pranil holds regular corporate whisky tasting masterclass. Learn more at www.kyandkey.com.au

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