Tasmanian distillers of distinction, Sullivans Cove, have once more taken out the top prize at the World Whiskies Awards, with their already coveted American Oak cask expression named World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky for 2018.
During the awards ceremony in London last week, the unique bottling, limited to just 136 bottles, was from cask number HH0351, an ex-bourbon hogshead filled with new-make spirit back in 2000, and decanted in January last year, after 16 years and 5 months of age.
The distillery put itself firmly on the map back in 2014, when their French Oak cask took out World’s Best Single Malt Whisky, cementing Tasmania as a serious region for world-class spirits, as well as driving the price up (and availability down) of the now revered malt. Other distilleries in the region give thanks to the skilled distillers, who’ve helped to create a thriving spirits trade on the southern island.
Rarer expressions of Sullivans Cove are released in drips and drabs through a first-come, first-served basis through their email subscription service, as the amounts available are so miniscule in comparison with demand. This new win is guaranteed to make this whisky even harder to acquire (and even more expensive).
A different release of the American Oak Cask is currently for sale on their website at A$295 (watch that number go up); given that it’s the only Australian whisky to achieve liquid gold status in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, as well as being the company’s most awarded whisky, it won’t be long before this drop joins the ranks of its French Oak and Double Cask counterparts, and is only released in tiny amounts, once a week.