Looking to try something different in your bar? We’ve done the research for you, bringing together a brief snapshot of the hottest products on the Australian market this week. What can we say except, you’re welcome.
John Paul, Rampur, Kurayoshi and Tottori Whiskies
SouthTrade International has expanded its whisky portfolio in Australia by adding three new international brands. In exciting news for whisky buffs, the distributor will bring Indian whiskies Paul John and Rampur and Japanese whiskies Kurayoshi and Tottori to the Australian market. Each brand has a unique and distinctive flavour profile that reflects the region and style in which it was made.
Paul John’s single malts each showcase Goa’s unique climate. The flagship collection consists of Brilliance – unpeated; Edited – a hint of peat; and Bold – enriched with heavy amounts of peat. There are also select cask and single cask ranges as well as a rarities collection of limited releases that are intensely flavoured and come in a bow of Kanya and Oloroso.
Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is hand-crafted and aged at the foothills of the the Himalayas. The golden amber liquid has a rich and fruity aroma, with toffee in the background, florals, honey, dried fruits and a hint of spice. The palate is malty and creamy, with hints of fruits like apricot and apple. The sweet taste flows into a rich and long finish.
The Kurayoshi and Tottori Pure Malt Whiskies are both made at the boutique Japanese Matsui distillery in Tottori, southern Honshu. The distillery is located on a coastal prefecture and the whiskies are aged with the pure underground waters of the Daisen Mountains.
Emperor Rum Lily White
Premium rum brand Emperor Rum has announced the release of an aged white rum at Rhum Fest in Paris at the beginning of April.
One of the few blended white rums produced, Emperor Lily White is made using rum aged up to 12 years. Through an intricate process of charcoal filtration that occurs before bottling, the rum is given its crystal-clear appearance and final softness.
Emperor’s Mauritian aged rums were launched in 2015 and are inspired by the story of King George V, who visited Mauritius in 1901 and was so enamoured with it that he extended his stay. The rums are blended from a unique mixture of traditional and agricultural aged rums made from the highest quality ingredients found on the island. The new Lily White is marked by its surprising elegance, richness and intensity for a white rum.
Emperor Lily White is expected to be released in Australia later this year.
Belvedere Single Estate Rye Series
Terroir has been a concept fundamental to winemaking for years, but if the climate and soil are known to affect grapes, how do they affect wheat? This is a question renowned Polish vodka brand, Belvedere, seek to answer in their new Single Estate Rye range. The two vodkas in this release, Smogóry Forest and Lake Bartężek, are made from Dankowskie Diamond Rye sourced from their distinct estates and are named to reflect the village and the regional characteristics of their respective terroirs.
The Smogóry Forest is made from rye wheat grown at a small estate in western Poland, surrounded by lush forest. The region is known for its short, continental weather fronts, mild winters and rich and fertile soils. The subsequent vodka made from the rye produced here is bright and lively, with notes of salted caramel, honey and white pepper. The finish is salty-sweet.
Lake Bartężek is produced from rye farmed in northern Poland’s Mazury lake district. This treacherous region is characterised by its crystalline glacial lakes, strong Baltic winds and long, arduous winters. At the height of winter, the rye cultivated here spends over 80 days buried in snow, a phenomenon that greatly affects its taste profile. The lakeside terroir has given this vodka notes of black pepper, toasted nuts and cream. It is a full, round and mellow spirit.
Sullivans Cove Single Cask Tasmanian Brandy
Australia’s premier whisky producers, Sullivans Cove, has released a limited edition brandy.
Sparked from a collaboration between the distillery and the flourishing Tasmanian wine industry, the brandy is a blend of Tasmanian sauvignon blanc, gewurztraminer and chardonnay from the Huon Valley and was distilled nine years ago using the same techniques Sullivans Cove use to make their award-winning single malts.
The first release, Sullivans Cove XO Single Cask, was matured in 300L American Oak ex-tawny (Australian port-style fortified wine) barrels. As a single cask release, the brandy reveals the unique characteristics of the barrel and only a few hundred bottles were produced. It is also non-filtered and unblended.
Later this year, the XO Double Cask will be released to market. This brandy is also non-filtered and is crafted using traditional vatting techniques to give the spirit a rich and complex flavour.