Remnant Whisky Co. Fly By Night Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
Notes from the bottlers... First-fill Bourbon and Australian Apera casks bring aromas of mocha, blood orange and fresh ripe peach with a hint of toasted marshmallow. On the palate, decadent flavours of dark chocolate orange, meringue and salted caramel evolve into an elegant finish of almond croissant and vanilla custard. 45% Alc./Vol.
The brand name goes some way to suggesting the provenance of these whiskies, as does the background story. Belgrove's Peter Bignell, backed by a consortium, acquired a number of barrels from a failed investment scheme and vatted them into this single malt release. If you're searching for more clues, here's the text from the back label: "A little over ten years ago [redacted] started a scheme to help finance growth of his fledgling whisky company [redacted]. It is possible in those early days that [redacted] intentions were good but it wasn’t long before [redacted], given a big endorsement by Whisky Bible author Jim Murray, was in financial trouble and [redacted] was selling empty barrels and stealing from other barrels to bottle and sell. Fast forward a little and those investors left with the remnant of the failure were stuck between a rock and a hard place due to [redacted] refusal to fulfil [redacted] contracts in place with investors. Enter Peter Bignell of Belgrove Rye Whisky fame and his hastily formed consortium. Peter, a gentleman if ever there was one, felt the pain of the [redacted] investors and put together a rescue deal to purchase the barrels and set out to blend and bottle the whisky that almost never saw the light of day."