5Nines Distilling has launched its first Select Single Cask Whiskies, which have been aged in three different French oak casks: 5ND090 Sherry Cask, 5ND060 Pinot Cask, and 5ND0107 Liqueur Frontignac. Founded in 2016, the Adelaide Hills-based distillery also makes a variety of Gins.
The 5Nines Select Single Cask 5ND090 Sherry Cask Whisky was matured in a French oak cask seasoned with Spanish PX Sherry. Bottled at 46.7% ABV, just 146 bottles of the Whisky have been created. On the nose, it offers aromas of vanilla custard, melted butter, gentle oak, and shortbread. The palate features, pears, buttered toast, creamy vanilla, and soft caramel. The finish delivres spicy oak, salted apple crumble, and fruit blossom.
Matured in barrels seasoned with Murdoch Hill Wines Pinot Noir, only 143 bottles of the Select Single Cask 5ND060 have been created. Bottled at 49.4% ABV, it offers aromas of cinnamon, apple, pear, summer meadow, melting butter on raisin toast, maraschino cherry liqueur inside dark chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, citrus, wood, ginger, and Christmas pudding. The palate delivers a touch of toffee, mild ginger, nutty biscuit, gentle licorice, sweet oak, vanilla, and light smoke. The finish is long and well-balanced with sweet malt, gentle oak, marmalade like fruit, and sweet grapes.
5Nines Cask Strength – 5ND0107 is the producer’s first cask strength bottling and was aged in French oak barrels seasoned with Clare Valley Liqueur Frontignac. Maturation in the liqueur-seasoned cask imparted flavors of caramel, boiled lollies and blue gum honey. On the finish, the whisky has notes of honey, apples and oak. Bottled at 57.8% ABV, 5Nines Distillery has filled only 120 bottles.
“It has been a highlight this year to finally bust open some of these casks that we have been patiently waiting to mature,” said David Pearse, co-founder of 5Nines Distillery. “It’s exciting that they are finally ready and even more exciting that the bottles are flying off the shelves.”
The three Select Single Cask Whiskies are available exclusively from the 5Nines Distillery online shop. The Sherry Cask and Pinot Cask expressions are priced at AU$220 ($169 USD) per 700ml. The Cask Strength – 5ND0107 Liqueur Frontignac is priced at AU$270 ($208 USD) per 700ml bottle.