Australia may have just birthed a new whisky legend. Victorian distillery Mountain Distilling has been awarded Gold in the 2021 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) for its latest release. Best of all, the new Red Gum Single Malt just happens to be the Mount Macedon label’s first-ever whisky.
At the annual event, the Red Gum Single Malt was awarded 95 points in the Worldwide Whisky category, ranking higher than countrymen Starward, Lark Distillery and Archie Rose Distilling Co. Produced using 100 per cent malted barley and distilled in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, the new whisky is a truly unique drop. According to the label, it is the first to use native Australian Red Gum exclusively from start to finish in the maturation process as the only wood influence.
“This is absolutely astonishing that our first-ever whisky produced is co-awarded the
highest-scoring whiskey in Australia,” Michael Harris, co-founder of Mountain
Distilling said. “There’s something about the Macedon Ranges and the distinctive flavour of Red Gum that is so enticing. Everyone who sampled it has given us great feedback but this award has even exceeded our expectations. Our Red Gum Single Malt is a true representation of our distillery's ethos here in the Macedon Ranges.”
While best known for its gin, Mountian Distilling foray into the world of whisky is proving to be fruitful, in more ways than one. Red Gum Single Malt’s profile is a “herbaceous, spicy smoked nose with aromas of caramel, burnt wood and hedgerow. Peat comes through well on the palate and balances the flavours of prunes, Christmas spice and pear, brightened by a hint of citrus”. You can pre-order Mountain Distilling’s highly-anticipated Red Gum Single Malt via the label’s official website until its official release in November 2021.