Another Aussie early starter in the whisky making stakes. The company started in 1989 as the Darwin Distillery but soon changed to Cradle Mountain.
This obviously predates the change to Australian legislation allowing small scale distilling in 1997. And the reason is that owners were granted a special license to trial the suitability of using of Tasmanian Franklin malt for whisky production.
So this bottle is dated back to the Small Concern era, which started in 1994 with the first Franklin barley single malt whisky being released in 1997. Cradle Mountain was first distilled in 1989.
A review from Mr Michael Jackson, “It is a pale straw colour with fresh leather, waxed fruit, perhaps lemon-grass, and hay in the aroma. Very soft body with a smooth palate which is clean-tasting (no doubt deriving in part from the local water). Fruit-skins, citrus and lemon-grass in the palate. Fruity acidity in the finish, then a surge of mustard and pepper.”
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