[Sold Out] Break Even V: Unconventional Single Malts [2018.01.07.]

Break Even V: Unconventional Single Malts

Sunday, January 7th 2018, Hobart Tasmania


Join Hoposphere on Sunday the 7th of January, for Break Even V.

We will journey through the use of cask finishes in the production of single malt whisky, and single malt whisky produced by new-world distilleries. This will be a blind tasting of some unique Australian, Asian, Scottish and European drams.

Tickets are limited to just 24 people, with RSVP essential.

Light finger foods and refreshments will be provided on the night.

Tickets: $70 Per Person / Sold Out 
When: Sunday, January 7th, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No wank or whisky snobbery


The Results:

 #1: King Car Kavalan (Taiwan) – The King Car Conductor Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky [46.0%] 

[ Sold Out / Single Batch ]

‘This was the first expression launched in the name of King Car which is the name of the conglomerate. The single malt represents the company’s diversity and multi-faceted business that we do. It is diverse with complex flavours, delicate aromas and multiple layers of background fruitiness. Sweet, rich vanilla, banana but also coconut, a slight pleasant bitterness balancing the sweetness.’

Cask Type: Multiple Casks: Sherry, Bourbon, Rum, Brandy 1st & 2nd Fill.

Oak Type: American & French Oak Casks, 1st & 2nd Fill.

Date Bottled: 2013/12/20

Alcohol By Volume: 46.0%

The Rating (From 24 Votes): 9.25 / 10 


  • #2: Kavalan Distillery (Taiwan) – Kavalan Solist Series: Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Taiwanese Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky [59.4%] 

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

‘Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon is a delightfully complex, multi-dimensional single malt whisky, with vanilla, fruit and coconut highlights. Matured in hand selected fresh American ex-Bourbon casks, the whisky is available at cask strength and non chill-filtered hence it retains a fuller flavour of a natural single malt whisky.’

Cask Number: B101117057A

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel 

Cask Filled: 2010/11/17

Date Bottled: 2016/01/29

Alcohol By Volume: 59.4%

The Rating ( From 24 Votes): 8.75 / 10 


  • #3: Southern Coast Distillers (Australia) – The Odd Whisky Coy: Southern Coast Distillers Single Cask #14 Australian Single Malt Whisky [50.0%] 

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

– Bottled For The Odd Whisky Coy –

Cask Number: 014

Cask Type: French Oak Port Cask

Cask Filled: 2009

Date Bottled: 2016

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%

The Rating (From 24 Votes): 8.25 / 10 


  • #3: Rest & Be Thankful (Scotland) – Bunnahabhain 1989 Bourbon Barrel 26 Year Old Single Cask [49.9%]

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

‘However you climb the long and steep, take time to rest at the top and be thankful.’

– Bottled For The Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company –

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel

Cask Number: 6083

Cask Filled: 1989/10/30

Bottle Number: 156/242

Date Bottled: 2015/11/24

Alcohol By Volume: 49.9%

The Rating ( From 24 Votes ): 8.25 / 10


  • #5: The Arran (Scotland) – Arran Cask Finish: Port Cask Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%] 

[ Limited Release / Sold Out ]

‘After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for approximately 8 years, The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was finished in a selection of Port casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Portuguese fortified wine. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Port casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt full of charm, complexity and quality.’

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Cask Finish: French Oak Port Cask Finish

Date Bottled: 2016/12/19

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%

The Results ( From 24 Votes): 8.0 / 10


  • #6: The Arran (Scotland) – Arran Cask Finishes: Madeira Cask Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

‘After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Madeira wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this fortified wine from the island of Madeira some 800km south-west of Portugal. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Madeira casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt with a rich brooding character, full of complexity and quality.’

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Cask Finish: European Oak Madiera Cask

Date Bottled: 2016/06/22

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%

 The Rating (From 24 Votes): 7.5 / 10 


  • #7: The Arran (Scotland) – Arran Cask Finishes: Amarone Cask Finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky [50.0%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

‘After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this stunning & iconic red wine from the Veneto region of Italy. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Amarone casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt with a rich brooding character, full of complexity and quality.’

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrel 

Cask Finish: European Oak Amazon Wine Casks

Date Bottled: 2017/03/24

Alcohol By Volume: 50.0%

The Rating (From 24 Votes): 7.25 / 10 


  • #8: Mackmyra Whisky (Sweden) – Mackmyra Vinterdröm Plantation Rum Cask Finish Swedish Single Malt Whisky [46.1%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

‘Mackmyra Vinterdröm is a fruity and slightly spicy swedish single malt whisky, made in limited edition. The whisky is a collaboration with rum producer Plantation Rum and has a finish from casks that previously stored Barbados and Jamaican Rum. The result is a soft oaky whisky with notes of orange, vanilla and demerara sugar – a Carribbean love affair.’

– Plantation Rum Cask Finish Collaboration – 

Cask Finish: American & European Ex-Rum Casks

Alcohol By Volume: 46.1%

The Rating (From 24 Votes): 6.5 / 10 


– Mystery Dram Paired With The Mackmyra Vinterdröm – 
  • #9: Plantation Rum (Jamaica & Barbados) – Stiggin’s Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum [40.0%] 

‘This rum was created by Alexandre Gabriel, cellar master Plantation and David Wondrich, author of the book Imbibe! It is a tribute to the esteemed Reverend Stiggins whose favorite drink was the “pineapple rum” in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Not intended for sale, the rum was created to share among colleagues and friends at Tales of the Cocktail 2014. “Victim” of its own success, it is now available  … it is now available everywhere.’

– Individually Selected Rums From Jamaica & Barbados – 

Alcohol By Volume: 40.0%

The Rating (From 24 Votes): 8.5 / 10 


Tickets: $70 Per Person [ Sold Out ] 
When: Sunday, January 7th, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No wank or whisky snobbery


The Next Break Even Tasting:
Break Even VI: Peat & Greet – Round 2. [2018.02.04.]

Sunday, February 4th 2018, Hobart Tasmania

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