Belgrove Peated Rye Whisky 2014 - Historic

$475 AUD

42% ABV


Bottled on 3 September 2014, this is now an incredibly rare one barrel first release. As stated on the label, as signed by the distiller, Peter Bignell, the rye is peat smoked, brewed and distilled, at the distillery. Now of historic proportions, an increasingly scarce example of the original peated version of the celebrated Belgrove rye whisky.

This is what Peter Bignell had to say when it first appeared:  "I love peated whiskies and I hadn't heard of any peated rye so I decided to make a barrel of it to see how it turned out. I dug some peat from the Central Highlands (Brown Marsh Bog) dried it then burnt it in my malting drum enclosure. The smoke infused into the wet grain and then the heat eventually dried it out. Only 20% of the grain was peat smoked, but it was heavily peated. (no idea of the ppm) The malt was then processed in the usual way by adding 80% unmalted rye grist to the mash. I will have to find a spare day very soon to go and dig some more peat to make a few more barrels. Then 3 years away there might be some more peated rye."

Tasting Notes

Bright straw gold. Initial inhalations reveal powerful scents of sour dough rye followed by cough lozenge. Shifts towards grain store, haystack and chicken shed in a fascinating farmyard twist. Middle-weighted, cough lozenge, granita biscuit and dried grass profile followed by a peppery surge. Dries with light rye bread and dilute vanilla flavours. Less peaty than the nose advertises. Idiosyncratic and unique. (Nick’s Wines)


This product is located in Australia.


Belgrove Distillery

Belgrove is at the micro end of the spectrum of Tasmanian distilleries and is one of a range of small but intriguing producers. The most hands-on of these is Peter Bignell’s paddock to bottle rye whisky operation. Both barley and rye are grown on site, harvested, malted, distilled, and the resulting spirit aged in wood and bottled at the distillery by hand. The farm and distillery equipment are bio-fuelled using waste cooking oil from a nearby fish and chip shop! Water used for production is rainfall captured on the roofs of the farm and distillery buildings. And the residual pulp from the distilling process is fed to Peter's livestock as an alternative to their normal feed. They, in turn, provide fertilizer for the next crop of rye - a truly environment friendly operation!

There is invariably something new and exciting coming out of Belgrove and we shall try and have them on the website as they become available.