Fleurieu Distillery The Jabberwocky Cask Strength Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
Another whisky that's probably best explained by its creators:
"The Jabberwocky is our barrel-ends release. A little peated, a little wild, “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll resonated as a name for us, as it was a favourite read aloud to our boys from the Graham Base illustrated book of the poem. It fascinated us that although the poem was made up of many nonsensical words, together they created a powerful story. This can be reflective of whisky too. Our Jabberwocky is not only comprised of barrel-ends from other releases but also married up with other barrels that didn’t exhibit the typical Fleurieu DNA. Like the nonsense words within the poem, these “black sheep” barrels when combined, created a beautifully balanced whisky with just a hint of heat and smoke. A perfect example of the whole in the end being greater than the sum of its parts."
Tasting note: Relatively light aromatically, but builds after air contact. Fig jam, vanilla, dark chocolate... Full bodied delivery with lots of malt and savoury spice at play. Love the finish which accents moist fruit cake, milk chocolate and sprinklings of chilie pepper. Delicious. The only issue with a blend like this is that it tastes like it could be from almost any distillery on the planet. 52% alc/vol. 750 bottles produced.
Notes from Fleurieu Distillery... The dark mahogany hue offers the classic Fleurieu pastrami umami DNA overlaid with deep raisin and fig sweetness on the front of the palate. This is carried through by a malty barley backbone to a delightful finish of toffee vanillin notes. The subtle overlay of smoke giving it just a hint of danger.