[Sold Out] Break Even IV: Ex-Sherry Cask Single Malts [2017.12.03.]

 Break Even: Ex-Sherry Cask Single Malts 

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, Hobart Tasmania


Join Hoposphere at the Worlds End Brewpub on Sunday the 3rd of December for a flight of 7 rare and exciting whiskies from around the world. This round we will be exploring the use of Sherry Casks. Featuring some single casks and limited release bottles from the likes of Glendronach, Glenfarclas, Kavalan and Tobermory Distilleries. All whiskies will be tasted blind.

Once again we have a limited number of tickets available, and we can only offer 24 seats. Unfortunately we can not hold tickets, so get in quick to avoid missing out.

Light finger foods are provided with a fresh pint of Pale Ale, or the guilt free Session IPA from  Modus Operandi on arrival.

Tickets: $70 per person
When: Sunday, December 3rd, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Worlds End Brewpub, Sandy Bay
Attire: Casual! No wank or whisky snobbery


The Results: 

Break Even V explored the use of Sherry casks in the maturation and finishing of single malt whiskies from around the world. I decided to run this tasting blind, pitting some well known and respected names against smaller and lesser known single malt producers. By running these tastings blind, we can put aside any outside bias or pre conceived expectations of what we should be tasting. And the results were certainly interesting, with some of the youngest whiskies of the night scoring in favour of some serious age statements. 

The fight for first place came down to a single vote, with Heartwood only just taking the cake over Kavalan. Ledaig 18 also deserves a special mention, having divided the room with it’s heavy peat influence, it still ended up with a median score of 8.5/10. Thank you again to everyone who helped to make it such a great afternoon, looking forward to seeing you all at the next round.


  • #1: Heartwood (Tasmania) – Distilled at the Lark Distillery: Heart of Darkness [67.1%]

Cask Number: LD567

Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry

Spagnum Peat Influence: 100%

Cask Filled: August 2009

Date Bottled: September 2017

Alcohol By Volume: 67.1%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 9.25 / 10 


  • #2: Kavalan (Taiwan) – Kavalan Solist: Oloroso Sherry Cask Strength Single Cask Single Malt Whisky [57.1%]

‘Matured in Spanish top quality oloroso sherry casks in special editions, Kavalan Solist Sherry is bottled at the distillery, without any colouring or chill-filtration. It is a naturally smooth and rich whisky with a complex character. It is clean and complex with multi-layers of dried fruit, nuttiness and spices with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it as well.’

Cask Number: S081229022

Cask Type: Spanish Oak Oloroso Sherry

Cask Filled: 2008/12/29

Date Bottled: 2015/01/26

Alcohol By Volume: 57.1%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 9.25 / 10 


  • #3: Glendronach (Scotland) – 1990 Single Cask 26 Year Old Single Malt [50.8%]

‘Glendronach Master Distiller, Billy Walker, has once again entered the deepest, darkest depths of the Glendronach warehouse to specially select a handful of top performing casks to be bottled as the GlenDronach ‘Single Cask Limited Releases’. It’s another collection involving a diverse selection of barrels, hogsheads, puncheons and butts, all ex-Sherry and all bottled uncut, unchill-filtered and colouring free. Like last year’s line up, the volumes are next to nothing, with no one as yet caving into opening a bottle, so no tasting notes either. In short, an offer for collectors who are quick on the draw.

Cask Number: 2973

Cask Type: Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon

Cask Filled: 1990/06/13

Date Bottled: September 2016

Alcohol By Volume: 50.8%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 8.75 / 10 


  • #4: Tobermory (Scotland) – Ledaig Batch 2 Limited Release 18 Year Old Single Malt [46.3%]

‘This 18 Year Old Ledaig represents the rebirth of the style of malt whisky that would have originally been produced at the distillery.

This sought after peated Hebridean style Single Malt Scotch Whisky balances rich and fruity, sherried smokiness with seaweed and light creosote that allows for a long and quite pungent finish with more smoke and a hint of liquorice and sea spray.’

Batch Number: #02

Cask Type: American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels

Cask Finish: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Alcohol By Volume: 46.3%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 8.5 / 10 


  • #5: Kavalan (Taiwan) – Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt [46.0%]

‘Kavalan Sherry Oak dilutes Solist Sherry with Kavalan spring water to 46% strength. It is easy to drink and could be a perfect malt whisky to share with friends and family on most occasions. It is clean and complex with multiple layers of dried fruit, nuttiness and spices with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it.’

Date Bottled: 2014/03/24

Cask Type: Spanish Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask

Alcohol By Volume: 46.0%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 8.25 / 10 


  • #6: Glendronach (Scotland) – Allardice 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky [46.0%]

‘The GlenDronach 18 years old has been named after the renowned founder of the distillery, James Allardice. This exceptional sherried single malt is non chill filtered and of natural colour. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46%, this sublime richly sherried malt is truly unforgettable.’

Date Bottled: 2013/04/26

Cask Type: American Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask

Alcohol By Volume: 46.0%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 7.75 / 10 


  • #7: Glenfarclas (Scotland) – 25 Year Old Single Malt [43.0%]

‘100% Oloroso sherry cask maturation. 

A great after-dinner dram so rich and full that it is a dessert in itself, with a finish that goes on forever.’

Cask Type: American Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask

Alcohol By Volume: 43.0%

The Rating ( From 26 Votes): 4.25 / 10 


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