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Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Degrees Native Grain Whiskey

by AHD

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70 CL, ABV 40%
A uniquely Australian whiskey from the Adelaide Hills distillery, this is the new-for-2021 core range expression under the 78 Degrees label.

In formulating their whiskey, Adelaide Hills noted than most of Australia's whisky production was modelled on Scottish single malt. In order to create a whiskey that represented their surrounds, they decided to look in their own backyard for grain. Using local South Australian barley (the longitute and latitude of which are on the bottle) they also use a portion of un-malted - or green - barley alongside specialty malts Biscuit, Supernova, Redback, Toffee, Crystal and Chocolate.

Distilled in a single-shot style through their hybrid still, it is then matured in 200 litre ex-wine casks, both American and French oak.

Nose: The feeling of last nights campfire on a damp winter morning. There’s sweet notes of caramel and vanilla, along with dried fruits, such as fig and apricot. A faint whiff of something more bready like freshly baked Christmas cake or pound cake and some obvious spice notes of Cinnamon, ginger and vanilla

Palate: Chocolate crackle cake. Toasted muesli, with some cooked banana and dried apricot on top. Like sitting in front of the fire on a winters evening on the farm, tucking into some cinnamon biscuits with wattleseed.

Finish: It’s Christmas night and you’ve had more than your fill of Christmas cake for dessert. A lingering spicey finish, with a spike of sweet caramel and vanilla right at the end. Something familiar that just warms the soul.