Heartwood The Lost Convict Tasmanian Cask Strength Vatted Malt Whisky

$1,250 AUD

66% ABV

500 ml

Only 165 bottles emanated from this combination of spirit from Sullivans Cove Port cask (HH0543) filled in November 2000 and Lark Port cask (LD 407) filled in March 2008, for bottling and release in November 2014.

95% is taken from a hogshead of the Sullivan’s Cove and 5% is taken from a hogshead which contains the Lark whisky.

Tasting notes (whiskymate.net).

Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Intensely sweet with the typical port characteristics (spicy, sweet and somewhat savoury) on initial entry. There is an oaky element to this dram, and it packs a punch on the nose considering the cask strength nature.

Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla on the relatively full nose and the port casks do impart a winey note which adds a fair bit of character.

Palate: Sweet and intensely spicy on initial entry, with the cinnamon and nutmeg definitely in play. The port is particularly dominant and there is an element of black pepper on the palate as well, which adds to its spiciness.

The cask strength nature of this dram is also very evident and sears the palate initially, although it does subside after a few seconds and retreats to the background. Allspice and lush red fruits also make an appearance on the palate.

Finish: Exceptionally long and sophisticated finish, with the port, black pepper and wood spices combining beautifully to create a rich and satisfying sensory experience. 

Balance: Relatively well-balanced for what is in effect a cask strength blended malt and there is an exceptional depth of flavour to this dram.

This product is located in Australia.



Heartwood is the creation of whisky connoisseur extraordinaire, Tim Duckett. He has been buying barrels of whisky from the various Tasmanian distillers for a considerable number of years and then bottling them, after careful tasting and nosing, to produce some wonderful expressions with highly imaginative names and lovely labels to match.

 Duckett is, in effect, the leading independent bottler of Tasmanian whiskies and, as such, deserves a very special place in the Tasmanian whisky story, not least because he has brought to the table an element of excitement and expectation, which might never have existed without him. His knowledge is more than matched by his enthusiasm, which gets wrapped up in a certain poetic flare as in the names of his whiskies and his highly imaginative descriptions of them.

 Who else other than Duckett would draw on Jurassic Park to describe his whiskies! Thus, the long necked and long-tailed brontosaurus beautifully depicts a whisky that starts off a bit thin but then quickly broadens out to a thick body and then gradually tails off to a rather long finish.

 Tim’s creativity does not end there because he also marries or blends different casks of whisky to produce something that is peculiar to his particular vision of what makes a good drop. There is a tradition of this in Scotland and the result used to be called a “vatted malt” but is now referred to as “blended malt”. Whilst there is always the suspicion that this process might be used to absorb a poor whisky by masking it through blending it with something better, in the Heartwood case the end results speak for themselves.

 To give full credit to, and due recognition of Tim Duckett’s efforts, we can do no better than provide here a modest inventory of some past examples of the Heartwood product range, none of which is, as far as we know, available on the open market.