Remnant Whisky Co has released a new Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky called The Golden Fleece that aims to make Australian whisky more accessible.
The whisky was created by marrying 14 casks of ex-American Oak Bourbon and ex-Australian Sherry (Apera). Bottled at 45% ABV in a 500ml sized bottle, it is priced at $99.
Creative Director of Remnant Whisky Co Phil Collidge said: “Our goal from the onset when we created Remnant Whisky Co. was to bottle whiskies of exceptional quality and value.
“Tasmanian single malt whisky is held in high regard all across the world. However, we are also convinced that to stay relevant and sustainable, especially in the current economic climate, we have to develop a reputation as the best value, high quality, whisky money can buy.
“So we created The Golden Fleece with the aim to change the conversation around accessibility, especially when whisky drinkers talk about Tasmanian whisky.”
The story of Remnant is not the typical independent bottling tale. Initially that revolved around the acquisition of 300+ barrels of Tasmanian single malt whisky they salvaged from the now infamous failed Nant barrel investment scheme.
Founded by Belgrove’s Peter Bignell, his son Dane and their good mate Phil Collidge, they purchased the remaining barrels and transferred them to Bignell’s bondstores in the central highlands of Tasmania where the single whisky has quietly continued to mature.
Those barrels now hold some of the oldest whisky produced in Tasmania, and the team at Remnant Whisky Co curate and bottle the barrels to highlight the amazing flavours of a whisky with so much potential that almost never saw the light of day.
The youngest component casks for The Golden Fleece are, as far as could be ascertained, at least 10 years old.
Tasting notes include aromas of spiced Christmas pudding, butterscotch and fresh berries. A rich and creamy palate features notes of = burnt figs, overripe nectarines and peaches, leading to a finish of caramelised apples, anise and fortified fruits.
Bignell said: “The Golden Fleece has undergone the same strict cask selection and vatting process as all our previous releases. Firstly, we design all our whiskies for a great drinking experience.
“When you purchase a Remnant, you will always receive a full flavoured, multi-layered single malt whisky that is a pleasure nosing, through to a long finish. Whisky is honest, we let the whisky tell us at what ABV strength works best for that release, and that’s been the same for The Golden Fleece. An incredible example of Tasmanian whisky.”
For Collidge and Bignell, Remnant Whisky is all about releasing great whisky that may not have ever seen the light of day, and returning value to the everyday Australian who invested their money and their heart into a broken scheme.
The story of where this whisky started out is not a pleasant one, but through Remnant they have been able to restore faith in the Tasmanian whisky industry. Remnant Whisky Co has risen out of the ashes and made it through adversity to become a beloved bottler of Tasmanian whisky history.
The Whisky List distributes Remnant on Australia’s mainland. Co-founder Oliver Maruda said: “We love this whisky. Not only does it taste great, it’s adding to the growing category of other Aussie distilleries in the sub-$100 price range, especially if we want more Australians who drink mostly Scotch Whisky blends to consider drinking local.
“The Golden Fleece is the perfect Tassie whisky we hope to see in everyone’s home bars or at your local pub or bar. A great gift for Christmas too!”
Remnant The Golden Fleece Single Malt Tasmanian Whisky to be available for purchase for $99 at select independent retailers and bars across Australia and through The Whisky List’s online platform.
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