Each year our three children fill their own named casks. This tradition has created our Family Reserve range and is only offered to true enthusiasts. As our 3rd born (by one minute to his twin Aiden), Cameron filled this cask in 2016 at the age of four, thus ‘The Cameron 2016’. We are incredibly proud to be offering The Single Malt Whisky Club this unique and special bottling and in doing so recognise the SMWC as some of the sharpest whisky palates in Australia.
Based on our 900 Standard, this bottling is 6½ years old from a 225L 1st fill, French oak, ex-sherry cask. At 49.58%ABV it offers a rich expression drenched in maple syrup, smooth old rum, rich toffee and jam, with a glaze of orange zest and deep soft peat.
As a twin barrel to ‘The Aiden 2016’, it was originally coopered by the Tonnellerie Sirugue cooperage in France, who utilise natural air drying of oak and open oak fire bending of staves. Used for both Red Wine and then Sherry/Apera, the used barrel was re-coopered in South Australia using traditional coopering techniques, including slow toasting to caramelise the remaining sugars and then creating a heavy char layer.
APPEARANCE: Mahogany, brilliant clarity, 8/10 viscosity.
NOSE: Maple syrup and rum, sweet vanilla peaches, rich honey and cardamom
TASTE: Old Rum, fig jam with soft spices, rich toffee and orange zest
FINISH: A medium finish of fresh tobacco, fruit tingle lollies and rich mild peat.
The Chief’s Son distillery is a family owned and run small batch distillery set on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. Run by the McIntosh family, the distillery name refers to the Gaelic meaning of the family name McIntosh – ‘Son of the Chief’ (“Mhic an Tòisich”). The ‘900 Standard’ name comes from the 900 years since the establishment of the ‘Mcintosh’ name.
“For the past 500 years of our family’s long history, whisky has been at the epicentre of love and laughter, life and death, tears and triumphs. Our ancestors transformed exactly the same ingredients, utilised the same ancient craft and derived the same level of enjoyment as we do today. And going forward… it reaches so far forward past our future, connecting through the generations.”
Chief’s Son is handcrafted single malt whisky – made by utilising the very best of artisan ingredients, small batch processes, hand selected barrels and a totally manual distillation system.