I’m extremely fortunate to be able to go sailing with some of my best friends on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world most weeks. Sydney is a stunning place. But when you’re up early on a Sunday morning and dustier than the Nullabor after the night before, sometimes you need more than a little sea breeze to blow away the cobwebs.
I explained to my crew that I’d brought this amazing whisky to try after the race. “Show us!” they said. “Let us smell!” they said. “Have a cheeky pre-race whisky!” they said. Actually they said none of these things, so I poured one anyway for medicinal purposes.
Colour: Burnt orange glaze.
Nose: Sweet smoke, fresh liquorice and raspberry tarts. Pine needles and freshly sawn timber. Goes well with the saltiness of the gentle morning sea breeze. A slight warming sensation too as you breath in the smokiness – like putting your nose close to the hot coals of a campfire as it’s dying down.
Palate: Fresh oak on the front of the palate; liquorice sorbet and a lemon citrus tang. Lot of salty, sweet smokiness – like taking a bite of a freshly cooked fillet of crispy skinned smoked salmon.
Finish: The warmth creeps up and slowly builds, like warm honey slowly dripping down the back of your tongue. A long, lingering salty finish with cigar notes, nori and tea leaves.
Comments: If you’re going to have a 10am whisky when you’re out on the water, this is the one. Fresh, tangy and boatloads of flavour, it’s a fantastic balance of salty, peaty goodness. More peat than out and out smoke, by the sea really is the perfect place to enjoy this one. Highly recommended.