Blak Soul Beast
Single Malt Australian Whisky
170ml/500ml, 61.0% ABV
Owner: Craft Works Distillery
The second single cask independent bottling (IB) release from Craft Works Distillery, Blak Soul Beast, is as the name suggests, a full on affair (literally and figuratively!).
Spirit sourced from a Sydney distillery has been filled into an American oak vintage port barrel from what we can only assume was Hades, going on the colour and flavour the wood has imparted (Hades being a small but 'fiendishly' good winery from Mudgee in this instance, Pieter van Gent Winery). Aged in the oftentimes brutal (hellish even, in summer) climate of NSW west of the Great Dividing Range, the spirit and the wood have had plenty to say to each other.
We were privileged to try this whisky on a few occasions (and even before it became a whisky in a legal sense), the most recent being the official launch at the Craft Works Distillery in Capertee, NSW (behind the Royal Hotel, Capertee - home of the best #$@!&* pies)on the 30th of March 2019. More on this later...
Nose: It's hard to not get drawn in by the colour...I'll try to keep clear
Slightly overdone butterscotch, fresh rosemary, fruity red wine (Cabernet), candied orange peel. German blackberry spice cake. Sour red raspberry.
Palate: Muscat grapes, aniseed, Noble rot, white pepper, rye grass, tart red raspberries.
Mid length, dry finish, leaving a nice dark, mulled wine spice tang and Allen's milk bottle sweetness/creaminess.
For more details, visit Craft Works Distillery website https://www.craftworker.com.au