Smith's Angaston Whisky 18 year old - Single Malt Australian Whisky 46% 700ml
Two charges took place in 1998 and 2000, before the distillery was de-commissioned in 2001. It was then re-commissioned for a further two charges in 2011 and 2014.
For the 2000 distillation we sourced double strength malt extract from Coopers Brewery, made from pale malted Tasmanian Franklin barley and seeded with a special French yeast strain originating from the Cognac district. The brew was fermented in our Angaston cellars at the Yalumba winery, then distilled through our original 1931 pot still.
The spirit was filled into old hogshead coopered at Yalumba.
Right from the outset the 2000 vintage showed all the hallmarks of becoming an outstanding whisky. Regular tastings over the years showed a pleasing progression in flavour development, exhibiting great diversity in richness and complexity.
This 18-year-old Single Malt release has been selected from the 2000 vintage, cask no. 970637, which has been judiciously topped with small quantities of Smith’s Single Malts from 1997 and 1998 vintages. The richness of the 2000 vintage, enhanced with the liveliness of the earlier vintages, has resulted in a finely balanced whisky.
This bottle is 1 of 142 bottled on 22 May 2019.
Enjoy. It is proof that good things come to those who wait.
TASTING NOTES A very deep, brooding colour and intense flavour. Barley sugar, stewed fruits and a round, full palate with soft, velvety layers of golden syrup, dried spice and cumquats. This delivers butterscotch and vanillin floral overtones with soft sweet malt and crème caramels. The spirit is bright and lively finishing magnificently long and sweet with maltiness and spice. Big, rich and intense.