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Old Hobart Distillery Overeem Port Cask Matured Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 60%
Old Hobart Distillery is a family owned business, with operations headed by Casey Overeem (a long time friend of Bill Lark who may or may not have participated in some trial batch 'garage' whiskies some twenty years ago). Casey officially reports his interest started back in the early 1980s when he had his first experience of distilling at a relative’s house in Norway. “Many people had micro-distilleries in their cellars and I really admired them, so I started experimenting when I got home” says Casey. Following years of research and trial, Old Hobart Distillery secured a distiller’s licence in 2005 with stills built by Hobart's Knapp Lewer engineering, a company that have built stills for several distilleries around Australia. A trip to Scotland shortly followed with visits to around 15 distilleries to gain a better knowledge of the whole production process. Thankfully, the Scots were open to offering advice!
We first met Casey and his whisky at the Tasmanian Whisky Appreciation Society Tasting in 2009 (TWAS). We noted "…a wonderfully jolly and friendly character, like just about everyone else in Tasmania". That is, until we pestered him about wanting to sell his whisky now instead of when his business plan has slated. "Suddenly a staunch and serious man emerged and it became clear, Casey was not mucking around, nor was he in a hurry. He's out to produce the best whisky possible, and he believes that won't happen until the spirit is of at least four years old. A change of subjects is enough to revert his character for the better..."
Well, it's 2012 and Casey's whiskies are finally here offering a delightful development in the Aussie whisky scene. The man is no amateur and has clearly done his homework.
Tasting note: [Cask OHD-008 tasted.] Deep bright brass / gold colour. On the nose, drier and less opulent than the Sherry Release, this offers notes of choc-chip cookie, orange marmalade and clove. The palate is even more austere than the aromas suggest delivering a pleasant balance of spicy dried fruits (raisin and date) followed by a firm tannic finish with the spirit showing considerable restraint at cask strength. Well balanced. Excellent persistence with hints of plum, sultana and cocoa surfacing late into the aftertaste. 60% Alc./Vol. .
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