For July, we’re heading back home – to the Apple Isle this time. If this months whisky wasn’t from Australia it would be a certifiable Sherry Bomb! Instead we’re coining the term ‘Apera Assault’ to describe a huge Apera influenced whisky! Distilled at an airport in a building known as ‘The Holyman’ in Tasmanian aviation circles. From the Launceston Distillery – this months whisky is the Launceston Distillery Apera Cask Matured.
Firstly, if you’re unsure what ‘Apera’ is – it’s what we now call ‘sherry’ that’s made in Australia. Since September 1, 2010, Aussie wine-makers have agreed to use this term to acknowledge the Spanish ‘owners’ of the term ‘sherry’. The same change saw all port produced in Australia named as ‘Tawny’. The Launceston Distillery Apera Cask Matured, then, is aged in ex- ‘sherry style fortified wine’ barrels. Made of European oak and “small’ is the only other info I can find on these casks.
Beautiful deep, almost burnt orange colour.
On the nose a massive sweet honey and cinnamon hit with a trace of new leather belt. Floral and fruity with some liquorice wafting around there as well.
On the palate it’s very sultana-ey and very mouth-warming at first. Dried apricots and honey. Sweet and spicy with chocolate and more cinnamon. Nice and rich and round and luscious.
A pleasant amount of warmth in the finish – with a lovely golden syrup flavour around the edges.