New world wines have taken the world by storm over the last decade. Could this trend also spread to the Whisky industry? "Never" I hear the cry! That's what the French said 15 years ago!
Would appreciate any info or advice.
Tried Lammerlaw some time ago, very decent stuff, hints of caramel. Yoichi 12 y.o., from Japan, is a real peat monster. Also had a taste of St George when I visited the distillery the day before the WoW Expo in SF. Now THAT's a whiskey to keep an eye out for! Very fruity and remarkably gentle for a 3 y.o.!
I also have an (unopened yet) bottle of Cradle Mountain (Small Concern distillery, Tasmania) and another Taz single malt in the post towards me.
Although many people may shiver at the idea of a malt whisky from countries other than Scotland/Ireland, I personally feel it's the whisky that should do the talking. Two areas in the world that are really 'growing' at the moment for as fas as single malts are concerned are Tasmania and California.
If you have an early bottle of Sullivan's Cove, you may not have Australian whisky at all, but Scottish. The previous owners of the distillery weren't too bothered about where their stuff really came from ....
Tasmania distillery is under new ownership since 1999 (if I remember correctly), so the newer Sullivan's Cove should be really Tasmanian!
Does anyone think this would make a good tasting feature for WW mag? With a bit of research I reckon plenty more 'new world' examples will come out of the woodwork!
Definitely! And you never know what undiscovered gems will surface. Upcoming 'new' malt areas are the western US (St George, Peregrine Rock, McCarthys; a distillery in Colorado is under construction), Tasmania (four operating distilleries, three of which are on the market; the product of the fourth one will be released in 2002/3) and Sweden (two distilleries started up recently). The Czech Republic makes some pretty nice malt whiskies, Turkey makes a decent one as well. New Zealand has another single 'malt' besides Lammerlaw (called 'Roaring Forties', made by the South Pacific distillery), but information so far indicates it's made from a mixture of malted barley and unmalted grains, which technically makes it a single grain rather than a single malt. There's also an Australian single malt on the market, which probably comes from the closed Corio distillery. Canada has Glen Breton from the Glenora distillery (and a few bottles of Glen Ogopogo from the Okanagan distillery are still lurking in Japan). India and Pakistan also have their single malts and of course Japan, which has about 10 malt distilleries at the moment.
I'm sure I forgot a few countries, but it would certainly be fun to see a tasting line-up in WM of, say, the American and Tasmanian single malts.
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