January whisky releases

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The Craft & Co Solera Aged Whisky ($158)

Melbourne’s The Craft & Co Distillery & Brewery have just released their first whisky. Aged for seven years in total, initially in small oloroso sherry casks and then further matured in cherry and acacia vats. Interesting stuff, and cracking value for a first release (56% ABV, 700ml).

Hunter Island Distillery Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky ($650)

Hunter Island Distillery, founded by Tasmanian distilling luminaries Damian and Madeleine Mackey, release their inaugural Tasmanian Pot Still Whisky.

Lawrenny Cellar Collection Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky ($199)

Lawrenny recently released a new Cellar Collection bottling, a marriage of sherry cask matured whiskies. 

Black Gate Peated Single Malt Whisky BG077 ($140)

The latest release from Black Gate, matured in a single tawny cask that was laid down July 2017 and bottled in February 2023. Said to be a standout cask this one.

Lark Fresh IPA Cask ($270-$950)

Bit going on here. This is a new collaboration between Lark and Garage Project brewery in New Zealand. Lark have finished some of their whisky in casks seasoned with Garage Project Fresh IPA. A couple of different options are available, from boilermaker packs to a four-set collectors edition.

Barrel & Batch Whisky Co-op Australia Celebration ($399-$1499)

Barrel & Batch Whisky Co-op recently released their ‘Celebrating Australia’ collection. 10 Australian single cask whiskies from the likes of Spring Bay, Killara, Highwayman Whisky, Ned Whisky, Heartwood, etc. were bottled, and both 100ml and 375ml packs are still available. Some very interesting casks here.