WHISKY + WINE! In a first for the Single Malt Whisky Club you get a rare chance to experience not only a sensational Tasmanian Whisky but also the fantastic Tassie Pinot Noir that seasoned the cask that the whisky was matured in.
So, get your set of glasses out, impress your friends and share the joy of both the Tasman Whisky Port Matured Pinot Finish Cask and the Iron House Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir, all made on site on the East Coast of Tasmania.
This whisky is absolutely superb! The Tasman Pinot Finish Cask was distilled in Iron House’s still in Tassie in August 2017. Initially matured in 100L Portuguese ex-port casks, then to further instil the ‘Iron House Touch’ those casks were disgorged into a 200l Iron House Vineyard French Oak ex-Pinot Noir cask to finish for 8 months…and its delightfully exclusive to The Single Malt Whisky Club!
But this month, we are not content to offer ‘just’ an amazing whisky…no, this month we want you to taste the whisky AND we want to give you more than just a glimpse of ‘where it came from’. This month we give you the very rare chance to try the actual wine that seasoned the barrels that the whisky was made in!
The Iron House Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir is a superb example of ‘farm to bottle’ production. This wine is completely produced at Iron House – from growing the grapes to crushing, fermenting and ageing. Aged for around 12 months on the wood and then bottled and laid to mature until it’s ready to drink.
Colour: A glorious deep reddy-orange.
Nose: A pleasant leatheriness at first, and a salty-plum note with caramel as well as biscuit spices.
Palate: A very hearty and solid mouthfeel with a nice amount of white pepper spiciness – an initial burst that diminishes quickly to be overtaken by the fruit! Lots of big red fruits – especially cherries. The biscuit spices seen on the nose are still there, but much diminished – the fruit really dominates here.
Finish: A delightfully long and extremely chewy finish. A mild pepper remains around the mouth – almost as a backdrop to the swirls of fruit, caramel and
A delicious whisky in it’s own right (with a seriously chewy finish) – but its made even more interesting when drammed side-by-side with a glass (or two) of the Iron House 2018 Pinot Noir that ‘seasoned’ it. The dark cherry notes and white pepper are – for me – especially notable as being common notes between the two.