A special limited release whisky from Lawrenny to celebrate Destination Cellars 6th Anniversary
"I approached Joe and the team at Lawrenny earlier in the year about this project after working with them on their Ascension release launch. I have known Joe for as long as I have been in this industry so it was great to be able to work him on this and have our very own release from Lawrenny Estate. We worked on the idea of a whisky fit for a birthday ... and settled on a chocolate cake theme. For that we consulted with my good friend and long time collaborator chocolatier Giovanni Zito from Nutpatch, and we went about creating something special. I can't wait to show you this whisky, it proves that you can have your cake and drink it too!" - Todd Morrison, owner Destination Cellars
This project started in April 2021 at the Lawrenny Estate bond store, with Joe and Todd selecting samples from whisky drawn from 100L port and bourbon casks that had been maturing for over 3 years. They were selected for their compatibility and then separated and further matured for a few months in a fresh 20L bourbon and 20L port casks respectively.
While the whisky was maturing away, Joe and Todd approached local Master Chocolatier Giovanni Zito to choose an 'Ebony' 100% chocolate that would be suitable to be melted down to coat the inside of whisky barrels.
Upon reaching optimum maturation, the whisky was emptied from the two 20L barrels and blended. The now-emptied casks were then seasoned with a chocolate reduction made from Pedro Ximénez and Amontillado sherry and the 'Ebony' chocolate. The casks were rinsed with whisky and the blend returned into the casks to finish in a warm room for one month where it had reached its desired tasting profile.
The result is our Chocolate Cake Willy Wonka Whisky!
NOSE: Crème Brûlée, chocolate coated honeycomb, raisins, dark fruit jam
PALATE: Silky and viscous, chocolate mousse, dark berries, honey coated nuts, candied orange, and delicate spice and finishing with dried fruits, milk chocolate and soft tannins
*Limited availability only 78 bottles produced
500ml | 50% ABV | Tasmania, Australia