Our Members Extra this month is something we have never released before – a Whisky from an Australian Independent Bottler (with a difference)! An exclusive Cask Strength expression for The Single Malt Whisky Club, we are proud to offer the Spirit Thief Belgrove Distillery French Oak Mataro – a BEAST of a whisky that will never be repeated.
From independent bottlers, Spirit Thief who specialise in red wine cask maturation, brewed at Last Rites Brewing Co in Cambridge, Tasmania, this Whisky was then distilled on-site at Belgrove Distillery where the pot stills are charged by direct flame, adding a signature charring to the flavour profile.
Fully matured in 1st fill French Oak Mataro casks for 2 and a half years and aged in the Spirit Thief bond stores. This whisky explores maturation in an oft-overlooked historical workhorse of an Australian red-wine varietal; Mataro (also called Mourvédre or Monastrell by the Spanish). Forget about fruit. This is scorched peanuts and dark chocolate decadence, married with quince paste and a few drops of truffle oil and you have the perfect accompaniment to a Mediterranean charcoal-grill.
The result is a whisky unlike any I’ve tried before. Full of peanut brittle and scorched almonds, yet noticeably bereft of fruit on the palate.
Colour: Deep copper-brown
Nose: Sweet espresso with hazelnut syrup but also a pleasant whiff of leather in the background.
Palate: A brief burst of charcoal-like notes (definitely NOT peat though – this is a much ‘crunchier’ flavour) and mild spice proceed a delicious roasted peanut brittle with toffee, scorched almonds and delightful overall toasted nuttyness.
Finish: A long luscious and yes, chewy, finish with spice, nuts, coffee and chocolate all taking a turn at the wheel!
- Bottle Size : 500ml
- ABV : 63.5% (Cask Strength)
- Region : Australia
- Peated : No
- Chill Filtered: No