Sullivans Cove has already been named the world’s best single malt whisky for 2018, and now the Tasmanian distillery is gearing up to launch its limited edition brandy named Sullivans Cove XO.
Born from a partnership with members of the thriving Tasmanian wine industry, Sullivans Cove XO offers a brandy unlike any other. It’s rich, complex and uniquely Tasmanian.
To make this brandy, wines from the Huon Valley region were distilled using the same techniques Sullivans Cove uses to create its award-winning whiskies then aged within French or American Oak barrels.
“After years of distilling whisky, the opportunity to work with quality Tasmanian wine was really exciting for us,” says Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller. “We’ve waited a long time to see the results, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and complexity of these brandies.”
The first release of Sullivans Cove XO was matured in a 300L American Oak ex-tawny/fortified wine barrel for an impressive nine years. The wait must have been unbearable.
Sullivans Cove XO Brandy will release as two different styles: XO Single Cask comes from complex and intriguing brandy barrels that express their unique characteristics, plus it’s non-chill filtered and unblended. Each barrel produces only a few hundred bottles.
XO Double Cask, expected later this year, also non-chill filtered, will be crafted using traditional vatting techniques to create a rich and complex brandy.
“Our brandies will strike a chord with single malt drinkers due to their intense depth, rich complexity and balanced elegance, which is exactly what our supporters expect from us,” adds Heather Tillott, Production Manager.
Bottles from this cask will be available exclusively to members of the Sullivans Cove mailing list before releasing to the public. A small number of bottles will also be available from the distillery’s cellar door in Tasmania.
- Technical Notes Ingredients: A blend of Tasmanian Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay from the Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia *No colours, sugars or flavours added – 100% Tasmania wine.
- Cask: TDB0040
- Type of cask: 300L American Oak ex-tawny
- Fill Date: 04/09/2008
- Bottle Date: 13/09/2017
- Age: 9 yo
- Alcohol: 47.6% ABV
- Volume: 700ml
- Price: $280
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