Scotland’s national drink is unmistakably Scotch whisky, but the booming popularity of Scottish gin is prompting distilleries to diversify. And the same has been done right here in Australia – distilleries producing both gin and whisky.
Cape Byron distillery was co-founded by Eddie Brook and renowned master distiller Jim McEwan in 2016. The distillery is located in Byron Bay’s hinterland and is surrounded by a subtropical rainforest – where many of the botanicals used in their gins are found. But apart from their popular Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, they also make whiskies.
For the September whisky of the month, Tattersalls is bringing you the Cape Byron ‘The Original’ Single Malt, where they have used malted barley and nutrient-rich spring water from the base of Mount Warning. Tasting notes are as follows:
Colour: Nice and bright, like a Byron Bay sunset
Nose: Generous notes of pear and coconut
Palate: Soft vanilla, crème brulée and biscotti characters – extremely delicious!
Water: Makes it more powerful, like their terroir that is uniquely influenced by the Pacific Ocean
Finish: Lovely and buttery, hints of macadamia on the finish
Awarded the 2020 ’Sustainable Distillery of the Year,’ and B Corp certified, they are passionate about rainforest regeneration and minimising the impact on the environment. And speaking of awards, Jim McEwan, ‘The Cask Whisperer’, is often referred to as the Bruce Springsteen of the whisky industry. Jim is the only distiller in the world to win Master Distiller of the year three times and in 2014 was given a Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award. He truly is a master of his craft.
Give it a try at the Member’s bar, where the Whisky Club Members get their first dram free and every additional dram for just $10.
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