Bottled in December 2019 at a little over two years old for immediate release, a mere 33 bottles were produced at 45% ABV from a 20 litre ex New French Oak barrel. Each bottle is individually numbered.
In Tasmania nearly all the whisky produced is Single Malt made using only malted barley. Nonesuch also produce amazing Single Malts, but they are also very aware that the whisky industry here is still young and consumers have not been presented with a wide range of whisky styles.
They have a philosophy to create spirits with amazing and unique flavour profiles. This desire led them to looking at the development of small batch Grain Whisky. Nonesuch Distillery is the first Tasmanian Distillery to produce this style with distillers Chris and Rex having created a remarkable mash recipe using Rye, Corn and Barley.
Naturally the exact ratio of each grain used is a closely guarded secret.
The term Single Grain may seem at odds with the use of three cereal grains.
Let us explain:
Single means that the whisky has been produced at one single distillery.
Grain signifies the use of grains other than (or along with) the barley used in Single Malts.
At Nonesuch they understand the amazing characters a combination of grains brings to whisky. They also believe these characters are boosted by distilling in a traditional pot still.
Pot Stills are customarily used to distil Single Malt whiskies and it was apparent to Chris and Rex that using their Tasmanian-made copper pot-still would similarly enhance the mouthfeel and length of Grain Whisky.
Chris has worked creatively to make sure each grain highlights the others in the mash bill. The spirit is matured in small casks and released as a unique bottling (i.e. Single Cask, Single Grain Whisky).
Tasting Notes: Chris and Rex are reluctant to be overly specific with tasting notes as they want you to discover the nose and palate as you enjoy unravelling the complexity of the whisky.
But as an overview, they will tell you that the peppery spiciness of the rye balances the sweeter, vanilla flavours of the corn and both grains enhance the mellowness of the barley. (Nonesuch Distillery)
This product is located in Australia.