Heartwood 3 of /3 Cask Strength Tasmanian Vatted Malt Whisky - Historic

$975 AUD

68.1% ABV

500 ml

The origin of this expression is Tim Duckett’s first barrel from Sullivans Cove – HH007.  Not impressed with how it was maturing, Tim divided the contents into three – hence 3 of /3 which followed 1 of /3 and 2 of 3/3.  The three parts were transferred to three heavily charred 100 litre ex-Port barrels.  The stories of 1 of /3 and 2 of /3 can be found elsewhere.

In 2012, to compensate for loss from the “angels' share”, the third barrel was topped up with Lark 100% new make.  In 2014, the third barrel was vatted with two Lark barrels.  And in March 2015, Tim added 3 litres of 100% peated 5 year old Oloroso Sherried Lark origin whisky.

Bottled in January 2017 to produce 125 individually numbered bottles at 67.5%.

Tasting Notes:

Caramel, musk, brown sugar, lemons, prunes, chocolates, stewed apple, ice coffee, old butter. Heavy, kangaroo poo, leather, beef stock, dusty, soy sauce, coffee grounds, tomato paste. (greywhisky.com)

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.