Southern Coast Distillers Whisky is made to a philosophy, not a formula. We distill each batch into a series of casks and through a series of vigorous testing sessions we choose the ones that make each batch. We are very proud of the recognition we have received already, and aim to develop a world class drop. Take a look at our Whisky batches below, with detailed tasting notes and provenance for each. If you like what you see, you can purchase online right now!
Date: Nov 2012
cask #1 84/100
Colour: Dark amber with autumn brown highlights (5.4)
Nose: Dark plums and pine wood, stewed fruit, strawberries, mixed spice, fruit, pine resin, dried woody herbs (mint, rosemary and thyme), fruitcake, nuts, Christmas pudding, mint caramel, creme toffe.
Palate: Rich and syruppy, minty wood, slightly oily, extracted wood, toffee, wine gums, hint of white pepper, some salt caramel and dark chocolate, resolves into toffee, mint caramel along with sour fruit chews and a touch of heat from the spirit.
Finish: Initially fruity, then dry clay and toffee, wood, spirit and lingering echoes of mint.
Comment: Good balance between fruit and toffee, yet eventually both losing out in a long battle with the wood. 007 is a robust, smooth and placid charmer that is very stable in the glass.
Cask #1 is a retired port cask refurbished by the Tasmania Cask Co. It was laid down in April 2005 and bottled in October 2012. This is quite old for a small 50 litre cask that has spent the past 71/2 years on a mezzanine floor on the Adelaide Plains and endured a severe drought and quite a few vicious heat waves.
The Angels' Share has been huge in this environment which was a contributing factor in bottling this cask when we did. Had we waited another year there would be nothing left!
Date: May 2012
2012 - Bronze
2013 - Gold
Jim Murray Whisky Bible Liquid Gold
Cask #15 86/100
Nose: Fruity and nutty; muscovado sugar and sugared peanuts with fresh cut apricots and mandarin. Initially has rum/rockmelon/scorched paper note but deepens into briny walnuts and white oak along with darker fruits; dried apricots.
Palate: rum soaked fruit early then chestnuts and smoked almonds kick in along with wine and brine; where the hell does that saltiness come from and the scorched peanuts and the warm walnut skin finish?
Finish: Buttery, orange peel, charred/roasted nuts, some wood tannins and furry bitters.
Comment: even tastes slightly peated; slightly furry. Just keeps getting better in the glass. Sure as hell isn’t scotch – it’s better!
Filled in March 2007 this was bottled in May 2012, having spent 5 years in a heavily toasted French oak port cask that had been refurbished and reshaped into a 100 litre cask by SA Cooperage.
For two of those years this cask suffered extremes of temperature that included a heat wave with daily temperatures in the mid 40s before being relocated to the Adelaide hills more docile climate.
Date: Feb 2012
Cask #32 – Whisky 85pts
Nose: Chocolate orange liqueur, toffee, wood (meranti, cedar), dried leaves, Seville orange, orange blossom, fruit, leather, barbequed orange, orange toffee, dark chocolate.
Palate: Syrupy, woody, warm spirit, oak, orange liqueur, coconut rumballs.
Finish: Cream & smoked orange, some leafy and leathery tannins and some cleansing citrus pith.
Comment: lots of orange and chocolate – singing in a deep register – clean & classy -
Filled into a re-made and re-furbished, heavily toasted sherry cask made from American oak in October 2008, this cask was bottled in January 2012. Made from the same spirit run as batch #003, this shows what a difference a cask and a few extra months in oak can make. Both are lovely whiskies, but quite different.
Date: Jan 2012
Nose: Melon fruit, hint of rum (rockmelon, honeydew melon), liquid toffee, apricots, dried pears, thin honey, almond meal, orange peel, lime leaves then wood (meranti, oak and oregon)
Palate: Syruppy, fruity, honey and apricots, coconut, marzipan, roasted nuts, crème caramel.
Finish: Butter and wood bitters, nice leafy and nutty tannins
Comment: Lightly fruity and honeyed – classy throughout. Score 85/100
Distilled and barrelled in September 2007 into a 100 litre American oak port cask, this batch was bottled in December 2011 at a tad over 4 yeras of age.
The Angels' share was about 4.6% P/A, more than double the typical rate in Scotland due to spending some of those years maturing on the Adelaide Plains before being shifted to the more moderate climate in the Adelaide Hills.
Date: Aug 2011
2010 - Silver
2010 - Awards
2011 - Awards
Rated as 'Liquid Gold' in Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible
Nose: mint, pine needles, dried rosemary, floor polish, clean lifted alcohols with toffee/praline/chocolate underneath, clean leaf litter, butter roasted nuts. The longer it sits, the flatter and more earthy and nutty it gets, but remains solid: nutty with lots of chocolate, dried fruit and varnish. 22/25
Palate: sherry & chocolate, rich and slightly oily, mint toffee and more varnish, sour plums, some hints of woodsmoke, bitter herbs. 21/25
Finish: mint and drying wood, some bitterness – alcohol, wood and mint toffee with nuts, a bitter chocolate reprise; some leather. 20/25
Balance: There’s a nice continuity through the nose and palate and early into the finish. 20/25
Refilled into cask #25 with haste from cask 11 when it wouldn’t stop leaking because a hoop fell off, this is effectively a double-wood whisky . Cask 11 was a French oak port cask that has been retired to service as a muscat cask, and cask 25 is an American oak port cask. Both are 100 litre casks re-made and re-furbished from larger casks.
Date: Apr 2011
2011 - Silver
2011 - Awards
Colour: Light medium amber (4.3)
Nose: Paper, slightly flat, honey, toffee, walnuts, chocolate covered dates, fruit syrup, varnish, milk chocolate
Palate: Fruit & nuts, syrupy, warming, late minty oak
Finish: Praline and metallic bitters, warm spirit, thinning fruit and growing mint, some peanut skins.
Comment: Nose is more promising after 10 minutes, opens up in the glass. Palate and finish dry out as the bitters and mint, quietly overwhelm the fruit. A quiet achiever.
Filled into a re-made and re-furbished sherry cask made from American oak in October 2008 this cask was bottled in April 2011 just in time for the 2011 MWSoA Malt Whisky Awards where it won a silver medal and the prize for best Australian Malt. 173 bottles were filled at 46%
Date: Aug 2007
2010 - Bronze
Nose: pine needles, spearmint, toffee, waxed paper, cardamom & galangal, sweet mint, mint caramel, something meaty. 22/25
Palate: alcohol supports sweet toffee, charred nuts, toffee and some bitter chocolate, nice mouthfeel – good length. 21/25
Finish: nutty then woody and slightly papery, some chalk and crusher dust – short and a little dryly woody, some bitterness. 19/25
Balance: Nose and palate are better than the finish, but it’s a promising package. 20/25
Cask #22 was filled into an American oak port cask, re-made and re-furbished from a larger cask in October 2007. It was botted at 46% in time for the MWSoA 2010 Malt Whisky Awards where it won a credible bronze medal.
As this is the first release whisky from a brand new distillery we have classified all 170 bottles as museum stock and we are very happy that our first ever expression won a bronze medal