By Stefanie Collins, editor Bars&Clubs magazine
Award-winning Australian distillery, Sullivans Cove, has created the most expensive bottle of Tasmanian whisky to date.
Weighing in at $10,000, the whisky is made from extremely rare French oak single malt from the distillery’s top awarded casks, including French Oak HH0525 (awarded the World’s Best Single Malt Whisky), French Oak HH0390 (awarded the Best Australian Single Malt 2015), and French Oak HH0509 (which scored 96.5/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2013).
The whisky, named Sullivans Cove Manifesto, is designed to give connoisseurs the opportunity to own a piece of whisky history.
However, the opportunity to own a piece of history is extremely limited, with only two bottles set to be released.
The Sullivans Cove Manifesto is housed in twin decanters, handmade by Tasmanian glass sculptors Anne Clifton and Peter Bowles. A hefty six kilograms each, both decanters come with their own specially blown glass spirit thief, a hand moulded travel stopper carved from rare Tasmanian Huon pine and Portuguese cork, and a matching glass stopper for “everyday use”. The decanters are additionally housed in handmade Huon pine cases that are lined with doeskin.
Speaking from the distillery in Cambridge, malt master Bert Cason says that Sullivans Cove and Tasmanian whisky in general have come a very long way and the distillery wanted to create something really special to capture it.
“Using whisky from our top awarded casks plus some of our finest unreleased casks, we've created a malt that stands head and shoulders above the rest and promises the connoisseur the treat of a lifetime, not to mention a slice of whisky history,” he says.
One decanter is available from the distillery cellar door or online at www.sullivanscovewhisky.com, while the other is available from Dan Murphy’s Double Bay.