[Sold Out] Break Even XVII: Rare Tasmanian Single Malts Part 1. [2018.09.16.]

Break Even XVII: Rare Tasmanian Single Malts
– In Collaboration With Gold Bar Hobart –

Sunday, September 16th 2018, Hobart Tasmania


– Rare Tasmanian Single Malts Part 1. –

 Hoposphere in collaboration with Gold Bar Hobart invite you to Break Even XVII, on Sunday the 16th of September.

We will journey through a flight of rare Tasmanian single malts, covering some of our favourite Tasmanian distilleries. 

Enjoy a Lark Classic Cask whisky highball on arrival, followed by a flight of 8 different Tasmanian single malt whiskies. 

 We will explore single cask and limited release single malts from Heartwood Malt Whisky, Lark Distillery, Belgrove Rye Whisky, and Spirit Thief Distilling Co. 

Light finger foods, refreshments and good times provided on the night. Tickets are limited, 24 seats only.

Contact: sam@hoposphere.com for details

Tickets Limited: $90 Per Person [ Sold Out ]
When: Sunday, September 16th 2018, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: Gold Bar AU, Salamanca


The Line Up:
  • #1: The Lark Distillery (Tasmania) – Lark Distillery Single Cask LD240: 2015 Limited Release 9 Year Old Ex Heaven Hill Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky [43.0%]

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

‘Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licenced Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.

LD240 is an ex-Bourbon Cask laid down in 2006. Matured in a Heaven Hill Distillery, Kentucky, Bourbon Cask for 9 years this is one of the best tasting single malt whiskies ever to be released at Lark Distillery.’


Cask Number: LD240 

Cask Type: Ex-Heaven Hill Distillery American Oak Bourbon Barrel

Bottle Number: 234/328

Bottle Date: February 2016

Alcohol By Volume: 43.0%


  • #2: Spirit Thief Distilling (Tasmania) – Spirit Thief ‘Hector Musselwhite’ First Release French Oak Tempranillo Cask Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky [48.3%]

[ Sold Out / First Release ]

– 2018 First Release Batch 001 French Oak Tempranillo Cask – 

‘The Spirit Thief labels are genuine Hobart Penitentiary criminal records from very early 20th century, a time when Hobart Town was a hard place to live and survive. Hector Musselwhite (our Tempranillo cask label) was sentenced in 1908 for 6 charges of ‘false pretence’ and given 6 months Gaol time. We feel these men (and women) were (most-likely) hard done-by and now pay tribute to them on our labels a century later.’


Batch Number: 001 First Release

Cask Number: 001

Bottle Number 089/110

Cask Type: French Oak Ex-Tempranillo Wine Cask

Alcohol By Volume: 48.3%


  • #3: The Lark Distillery (Tasmania) – Lark Distillery Single Cask LD670: 2016 Release Heavily Peated Ex-Bourbon Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky [46.0%]

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

– 2016 Limited Release Heavily Peated Single Cask –

‘Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licenced Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.’


Cask Number: LD670

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Bottle Number: 119/309

Bottle Date: 2017/02/09

Alcohol By Volume: 46.0%


  • #4: The Lark Distillery (Tasmania) – The Lark Classic Cask Strength: 2018 Release Cask Strength Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky [58.0%]

[ 2018 Limited Release ] 

‘Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licenced Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.’


Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels.

Cask Type: American & European Oak Port, Sherry & Rum Casks.

Spagnum Peat Influence: Yes

Alcohol By Volume: 58.0%


  • #5: Belgrove Distillery (Tasmania) – Belgrove Distillery: Unreleased Single Cask Tasmanian Peated Rye Whisky [??.?%]

[ Exclusive / Single Cask ] 

– 2018 Break Even XVII Exclusive Single Cask Bottling – 

‘I grow my own ryecorn to produce a 100% rye whisky. I built my copper pot still from scratch. It is direct fired with biofuel which is used cooking oil, from a roadhouse next to my farm. Hot water is also biofuel heated.

My tractors, forklift and truck also run on Biodiesel made from the used cooking oil. The only significant material I bring to the farm is waste cooking oil and the main product to leave is whisky. The spent mash is fed to the Belgrove sheep.

Cooling water comes from my dam and the waste water is either recycled or used for irrigation, including the next rye crop. Brewing and diluting water is harvested from my roofs – I have a lot of farm sheds.  Yeast is often reused.

Here are some catch words that could describe my operation, such as “sustainable” “closed loop” “small carbon footprint” “green” “farm based” “value adding” “craft” “low food miles”.’

Cask Number: TBA.

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Bottle Number: 001/001

Bottle Date: 2018/05/28

Alcohol By Volume: TBA.


  • #6: The Lark Distillery (Tasmania) – Lark Distillery Single Cask LD690: 2017 Release Heavily Peated Ex-Port Cask Strength Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky [61.9%]

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ]

‘Tasmania is ideally situated to make malt whisky, and yet 150 years after the last licenced Tasmanian distillery closed its doors, it took a whisky lover to realise the environment was perfect.

Bill Lark realised that everything you need for a world-class whisky was in Tasmania – rich fields of barley, an abundance of wonderfully pure soft water, highland peat bogs, and the perfect climate to bring all the ingredients together in a marriage of science, art and passion.

Curiously, as they need a mining license to cut out the peat Lark, arguably Australia’s most renowned single malt whisky distillery, is also Australia’s smallest mining company.’


Cask Number: LD690

Cask Type: French Oak Port Cask

Bottle Number: 58/74

Bottle Date: 2017/03/24

Alcohol By Volume: 61.9%


  • #7: Heartwood Malt Whisky (Tasmania) – Night Thief: Cask Strength Australian Single Malt Whisky Distilled at Lark Distillery [64.3%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

Cask Filled [LD654]: April 2012 Bottle Date: April 2018

‘Tasmanian Heartwood Malt Whisky Pty Ltd currently has 7,000+ litres of whisky stored in 200, 240 and 300 litre barrels. The whiskies are maturing in a variety of barrel types that include bourbon and Australian tokay, muscat, port, sherry and rum. The barrels are filled with “new make” spirit from seven (7) different distilleries. We now have both peated and unpeated spirit. We have nine (9) spirit types.

The collection commenced in 1999 and continues today where we have control and input into every stage of the whisky’s development. We are there to determine the amount of peat used for production. We actively seek out the best new make spirit. We actively select the barrel. The barrels are filled and housed under our complete control. We are definitely there to sample the whisky as it matures.

If somethings isn’t right, we will reshape it, we will blend it, we will re-barrel it and we may even belt it. Long live the brontosaurus.

We do not have commercial drivers. The quality of the whisky produced is the most important aspect of our endeavours. The whisky will be bottled when it is ready. If it is really, really, good, we might just keep it for ourselves (to be shared with friends).’

– Distilled at the Lark Distillery – 

Cask Number: LD654 [95%] & LD775 [5%]

Cask Type: [ LD654 95% ] American Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask

Cask Type: [ LD775 5% ] American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Spagnum Peat Influence: 100%

Bottle Number: 024/299

Alcohol By Volume: 64.3%


  • #8: Heartwood Malt Whisky – Shade Of Night: Single Cask Strength Australian Single Malt Whisky Distilled at Lark Distillery [66.6%]

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ]

Cask Filled: September 2010 Date Bottled: March 2018

‘Tasmanian Heartwood Malt Whisky Pty Ltd currently has 7,000+ litres of whisky stored in 200, 240 and 300 litre barrels. The whiskies are maturing in a variety of barrel types that include bourbon and Australian tokay, muscat, port, sherry and rum. The barrels are filled with “new make” spirit from seven (7) different distilleries. We now have both peated and unpeated spirit. We have nine (9) spirit types.

The collection commenced in 1999 and continues today where we have control and input into every stage of the whisky’s development. We are there to determine the amount of peat used for production. We actively seek out the best new make spirit. We actively select the barrel. The barrels are filled and housed under our complete control. We are definitely there to sample the whisky as it matures.

If somethings isn’t right, we will reshape it, we will blend it, we will re-barrel it and we may even belt it. Long live the brontosaurus.

We do not have commercial drivers. The quality of the whisky produced is the most important aspect of our endeavours. The whisky will be bottled when it is ready. If it is really, really, good, we might just keep it for ourselves (to be shared with friends).’

– Distilled at the Lark Distillery –

Cask Number: LD 653

Cask Type: American Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask

Spagnum Peat Influence: 100%

Bottle Number: 024/280

Alcohol By Volume: 66.6%


Contact: sam@hoposphere.com for details

Tickets Limited: $90 Per Person [ Sold Out ]
When: Sunday, September 16th 2018, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: Gold Bar AU, Salamanca


The Next Break Even Tasting:
Break Even XVIII: Rare Kavalan Single Casks Part 3/3 [2018.10.07.]

Sunday, October 7th 2018, Hobart Tasmania

 

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