[Sold Out] Break Even VIII: Black Arts + Whiskies Of The World [2018.04.01.]

Break Even VIII: Whiskies Of The World 

Sunday, April 1st 2018, Hobart Tasmania

Break Even VII: Whiskies of the World

Join Hoposphere on Sunday the 1st of April for a flight of whiskies from around the world. We will be covering different whisky producing regions, including Scotland, Japan, Australia, and Europe.

We will taste some fantastic drams, including the Bruichladdich Black Arts 04.1 1990 23 Year Old, and the 05.1 1992 24 Year Old Black Arts. In the mix you will also find some Hibiki, Glendronach, Kavalan and a recent creation from the one and only, Tim Duckett.

Tickets are limited to just 24 people, with a welcome drink and light finger foods provided upon arrival.

Tickets: $80 Per Person [ Sold Out ]
When: Sunday, April 1st, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No wank or whisky snobbery

 The Results: 

Whiskies of the World was by far the most divisive Break Even to date, and the results were so varied from table to table. Some people thought the Black Arts were dirty, rough and too hot, others simply loved it. When it came to our Cask Strength drams, the 1994 Glendronach & Amrut received some really low scores because of the alcohol alone. I ran the 1994 Glendronach 21 Pedro Ximinez Single Cask side by side the Kavalan PX Single Cask, and that really threw people out. While the Glendronach was favoured for the aroma, the Kavalan was the preferred whisky out of the two. 

Sorry in advance, Suntory…..

So, Hibiki and Nikka didn’t quite hold up in the competition. In fact, the two Japanese whiskies were scored incredibly low. I’m a firm believer in Japanese whiskies being over priced, and I think the tasting summed this up perfectly. One comment on the night was “If it were a $100 dollar bottle, I’d give it a 6/10”. Unfortunately, it was a $400 dollar bottle of Nikka Gold & Gold. And the Hibiki 12 scored no better, getting a median score of just 4.25/10 in the blind tasting.

Amrut’s Intermediate Sherry was our ‘bang for buck’ whisky on the night, being the cheapest bottle out of the lot, but still taking home 3rd place. And with another win for New World non age statement whiskies, Kavalan won peoples choice with the Pedro Ximenez Single Cask, only just beating the Glendronach by a few votes.

Thanks for another great evening everyone, see you on May the 6th. 

  • #1: Kavalan (Taiwan) – Solist Premium: Single Cask Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Strength [56.3%] 

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

‘PX Sherry is one of Kavalan whisky’s classic collection. The new make spirit matured in the PX sherry casks produces our uniquely special character and flavour with classic fruity, nutty and chocolate aromas.’

Cask Number: S100630006A

Bottle Number: 420/500

Cask Type: Spanish Oak Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Cask Filled: 2010/06/30

Date Bottled: 2015/10/15

Alcohol By Volume: 56.3%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 9.25 / 10 

  •  #2: GlenDronach (Scotland) – Silver Seal & Lion: 1994 Single Cask Pedro Ximinez Sherry Cask #276 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky [54.1%] 

[ Sold Out / Single Cask ] 

‘Our first Glendronach private bottling, we selected this beauty from dozens of casks, we really liked the whole experience of tasting it, hope you like it too…. enjoy.’

– Bottled For Silver Seal & Lion Whisky –

Cask Number: 276

Bottle Number: 68/431

Cask Type: European Oak Pedro Ximinez Sherry Butt

Cask Filled: 1994/12/09

Date Bottled: 2016/08

Alcohol By Volume: 54.1%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 9.0 / 10

  • #3: Amrut (India) – Intermediate Sherry Cask Matured Cask Strength Indian Single Malt [57.1%]

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ]

‘A new concept from Amrut. The spirit for Intermediate Sherry Matured starts life in a mix of ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks. It is then transferred to sherry casks for a period before going back into bourbon casks to complete its maturation.’

Cask Type: American Oak Bourbon and European Oak Sherry Casks

Bottle Date: June 2017

Batch Number: 39

Alcohol By Volume: 57.1%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 8.25 / 10

  • #4: Bruichladdich (Scotland) – Black Arts 1990 Edition 04.1 Unpeated 23 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky [49.2%] 


[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 


‘Working with the very finest American and French oak to explore that most esoteric relationship between spirit and wood, Black Art is Master Distiller Jim McEwan’s personal voyage into the heart of Bruichladdich.

We believe in the soul of the artisan.

“Stars, hide your fires; let not light see my black and deep desires.”, William Shakespeare, Macbeth’

Cask Type: American & French Oak

Casks Filled: 1990 

Bottle Date: 2013/07/01

Alcohol By Volume: 49.2%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 7.75 / 10

  • #5: Bruichladdich (Scotland) – Black Arts 1992 Edition 5.1 Unpeated 24 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky [48.4%]

[ Limited Release ] 


“Just before Master Distiller Jim McEwan retired in 2015 he took me to one side and handed me his recipe for the next iteration, Black Art 5.  It was an emotional moment, the handing over of responsibility of one of the greatest drams we’ve ever created.  I have to say I took the recipe from Jim’s hand and dutifully ignored it.  This had to be my Black Art.”   —  Adam Hannett, Head Distiller

Cask Type: American & French Oak

Casks Filled: 1992

Bottle Date: 2017/01/11

Alcohol By Volume: 48.4% 

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 7.25 / 10 

  • #6: Tasmanian Independent Bottlers (Australia) – TIB ?? 004: A Renowned NSW Distillery  – Renowned Release Number 01. Australian Single Malt Whisky [49.0%] 

[ Sold Out / Limited Release ] 

‘”Tasmanian Independent Bottlers Pty Ltd” was established in 2015 to showcase limited bottlings of Australian and New Zealand spirits. Their production model is based on Tim Duckett’s Heartwood operation, however, the aim is to produce whiskies that may have a greater range of appeal with ABVs around 48% as opposed to high octane mid-sixties. Whiskies are matured in Australian quarter casks (100 litres), with spirits being sourced from several Australian and one New Zealand distillery. New make is purchased and selected based on its texture and flavour profile then matched to a specific barrel type.’

 Cask Number: TIB ?? 004

Cask Type: Sherry 

Renowned Release: 01

Bottle Date: December 2017

Alcohol By Volume: 49.0%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 6.5 / 10 

  • #7: Suntory (Japan) – Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Malt Japanese Whisky [43.0%]

[ Sold Out / Discontinued ] 

“Kanzen” or complete, Hibiki Whisky is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas. Seductive, blossoming and enigmatic, Hibiki Whisky celebrates an unrivaled art of blending, fine craftsmanship and a sense of luxury from the House of Suntory.

Hibiki was launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 90th anniversary, and has ever since been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and her people. Hibiki Whisky is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but among the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world.

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon, Spanish Oak Sherry Casks, Japanese Mizunara Oak and Japanese Umeshu Plum Wine Casks.

Blend Composition: Single Malt Whisky from the Yamazaki and Hakushu Distilleries. Grain Whisky from the Suntory Chita Distillery.

Alcohol By Volume: 43.0%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 4.25 / 10

  • #8: Yoichi Distillery (Japan) – Nikka Whisky: Gold & Gold Pot Still Coffey Still Blended Malt Japanese Whisky [43.0%]

[ Duty Free Exclusive / Limited Release ] 

‘Superb whisky aged in wood. Guaranteed by our own experts.’

Blend Composition: Whisky from the Yoichi and Taketsuru Distilleries.

Alcohol By Volume: 43.0%

The Rating (From 26 Votes): 3.75 / 10

 Tickets: $80 Per Person [ Sold Out ]
When: Sunday, April 1st, 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 IX: Scotch Whisky Extravaganza [2018.05.06.]

Sunday, May 6th 2018, Hobart Tasmania

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