Dense and complex…
Smiths Angaston 2000 15yo 50 Year Old Tawny Cask Finished
A mid 2000’s release of a very well aged Aussie malt. And this is quite a surprise, given the amount grief our climate gives us with trying to maturing whisky in a warm climate. Normally, by this this age, there would be only a puddle in the bottom of the barrel.
And with this special Smiths malt, I suspect its the first time they employed fortified casks for maturation. You can only think that these casks would be quite exceptional, given Yalumba’s extensive history in making top grade fortified wines.
Initial maturation was done in French oak then three old fortified octaves were used for finishing the malt off.
From OzWhiskyReviews, “Quite oaky and funky upfront. Thick tawny and fruit on the mid-palate. Shows a fascinating tension between the dry spice from the casks, and the rich wine that’s leached into the spirit. Seriously complex juice. Long. Dry oakiness with almonds and espresso.
Dense and complex and incredibly rewarding”.
428 bottles released.