Australian whiskies continue to punch well above their weight on the world stage, so what better way to celebrate World Whisky Day than with the early release of a new Australian single malt? That certainly appears to have been the thinking going down inside South Australia’s Twenty Third Street Distillery and you won’t hear any arguments from us with their third release to date (aged at least 3 years). However, if you want to get your hands on this particular drop before the general public, you’ll need to do one thing first – sign up for the Twenty Third Street Distillery Social program – it’s your key to this Aussie whisky sorcery. And now for the dram.
It should be well and truly worth it if the whisky’s pedigree is anything to go by. Twenty Third Street says their third ever whisky starts with “the finest barley in the world,” conveniently sourced from nearby Kangaroo Island – a landmark so essential to the whisky’s creation that an image is emblazoned across the bottle, courtesy of Aussie photographer href=”https://www.instagram.com/fschvimer/?hl=en”>Florencia Schvimer
To start the production process, the grain is malted and roasted to release sugars and enzymes, add in a little water and yeast to create the whisky’s base flavour and you have the base of a great dram. Next, distillation takes place in the Twenty Third Street Distillery’s copper pot stills, with runs kept separate to allow the distillers to age and assess. Finally, a portion is blended and given a third distillation, imparting additional fruit complexity, and aged in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels to mature.
Twenty Third Street Distillery describes the whisky as having “elegant aromas of toffee, lifted fruit and delicate vanillin oak, the palate is full and slightly sweet, with citrus and apricot, malted milk and the finish of butterscotch oak, perfect for warming up in the colder months.”
We’re sure this dram will become quite the enticing proposition as the days get shorter and the weather becomes grimmer. However, those who let this early access opportunity pass them by will have to wait until the public release in mid-July – well into the depths of the Australian winter.
If you are thinking of snapping up this whisky before winter’s chilly fingers latch onto your bones, check out the Twenty Third Street Distillery’s wider range while you’re there, including gins, whiskies, vodkas, brandies and more. Or, if great scotch is more to your taste, check out our Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky