Unlike the movies, in real life, there is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’ story. Good things take time and patience – there are no two ways about it. The same rule of thumb applies to whisky making. There are no cutting corners or taking shortcuts in the pursuit of amber perfection. It’s something the brains trust down at The Gospel certainly know to be true.
The unique Melbourne distillery has just unveiled its latest innovation, born on the very bedrock that makes Australian drinking culture so diverse. The new Gospel Stout Cask brings all the lessons learned over years of production together in one all-encompassing new batch that we’re all to keen on spreading the word about.
Inventively finished in an ex-rye barrel courtesy of fellow Melbourne-based brewery Wolf of the Willows, this mint whiskey really does feature the best of both worlds. Yep – the spring carnival might be officially over on the track, but off the track, it’s just getting started, and what better way to celebrate than with The Gospel’s latest (and dare we say greatest) bottle?
A 4-year-old rye whiskey, Stout Cask, has been nurtured with the utmost care and finished in a barrel with a story. This second barrel started its journey as a new American oak, used to age the vintage The Gospel rye. It was then bestowed to Wolf of the Willows in 2020 as part of their barrel exchange program and used to mature their Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Persistence for six months – the first of a three-part annual release. It was then returned to its origins for its final resting place. Finally, it is now ready to toast.
Whilst we’re yet to saviour the epic flavour, our spies on the ground tell us the end result is a whiskey imparting notes of dried plum, rhubarb, date, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dulce de leche, vanilla, cardamom, walnut, orange blossom and cedar, with a rich and creamy texture.
Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, Stout Cask is going to be a go-to drink of the festive season. Or silly season as we whiskey consumers prefer to call it. The Gospel’s limited release Stout Cast is now available to snap up online, and retailing from just $135, we reckon it’s the perfect early Chrissy gift.
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