Australia

Killara 2 Years Old Batch 1

Killara 2 Years Old Batch 1

What they say

It’s the very first That Boutique-y Whisky Company indie bottling from Australia’s Killara Distillery! Founded by Kristy Booth-Lark, the Killara Distillery has produced this 2 year old malt spirit (not quite old enough to be called whisky yet), and it offers up a wealth of ripe red fruit notes among the waves of of vanilla and barley. The label hints towards what could have been the flight path for Kristy’s career – she originally wanted to be an air traffic controller!

Batch 1 is a release of 143 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: Mango and papaya, with a good helping of strawberry ice cream, mellowed by vanilla-rich malt.
  • Palate: Waves of honey, clotted cream, raspberry jam, melted butter, fizzy oak spices.
  • Finish: Another scoop of ice-cream, now with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

What I say

Released by That Boutique-Y Whisky Company as part of their 2021 Australia Series. Much like Japanese whisky, Australian whisky is a victim of its own success. Readily available within the UK for sensible prices previously, Australian whisky other than some standard releases such as Starward has become as rare as hen’s teeth outside Australia and prices reflect this unavailability. A certain Bible’s ranking of Lark and Sullivans’s Cove offerings have certainly fuelled this fire too. So it is astounding to see a whole range released by the guys at TBWC, although I didn’t expect these to hang around for long, this one is still available at the time of writing. I’m not sure there is anything else from Killara readily available within the UK at the moment?

  • ABV 49%
  • Age 2 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Batch 1
  • Cask Undisclosed
  • Category Single malt whisky
  • Cost £169.95
  • Origin Killara Distillery
  • Outturn 143 Bottles
  • Region Australia
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Orange bronze (13/20) quick, medium tears and legs.
  • Nose Fruity, doughy, yeasty, touches of spice and spirity prickle, nectarine and orange zest, malty and beery, herbal citric/citra hops, vanilla, malty, pastry sweetness with tropical mango and papaya.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, creamy, honey, buttery caramel, fudge, hops, eucalyptus, touch of woody herbality, more hard caramel or toffee, fudge, touch of red apple & red berries and white oak wood.
  • Finish Medium-long, toasted oak, caramel sauce and vanilla cream.
  • Overall Very drinkable, some lovely toasted notes. Although there are buttery and spirity elements present here this really doesn’t come across as a young spirit.

Score 84/100

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