Gospel Projects High Wheat
Melbourne cocktail bar Apollo Inn is celebrating its opening with an exclusive single-cask release with whiskey specialists The Gospel. The Gospel Projects High Wheat is crafted from a single cask selected by Apollo Inn Bar Manager Cameron Parish and The Gospel Co-Founder Ben Bowles.
“The mash bill of the high wheat and the double-barrel maturation inclusive of a heavy toast barrel matched perfectly to what I was looking for — there’s a sweetness, richness, and toastiness to the whiskey,” says Parish. The Apollo Inn is serving the tipple in two new cocktails: the Manhattan Number 6 and the venue’s take on the highball called the Cablegram.
$140 per bottle; available online at The Gospel and in-venue at Apollo Inn. thegospelwhiskey.com
Collector Wines’ Cherry Orchard Shiraz
The Canberra District’s Collector Wines have looked to the New South Wales region Hilltops for its latest Shiraz release. The 2022 Cherry Orchard Shiraz is crafted from a range of parcels across the region from vines aged between 22 and 45 years old. The grapes underwent malolactic fermentation before spending time in a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Troncais oak. Cherry Orchard is currently drinking beautifully with dark cherry and plum but also has the potential to age.
Priced at $30; available online and from selected retailers. collectorwines.com.au
Four Pillars Whisky Barrel gin
Four Pillars have teamed up with Tasmania’s Lark Distillery to launch Whisky Barrel gin. The tipple started with the Yarra Valley-based gin specialists placing Rare Dry gin in old Sherry and Apera casks for around three years. Then it was time for Lark Distillery to lend a hand, sharing its whisky barrels for the spirit to age for an additional six months. The end result is a cask-strength sipper with notes of caramel and toffee. Try it as is or serve with a splash of water.
$140 and available at all Four Pillars locations, online, and at Heinemann Australia. fourpillarsgin.com
Brew Tropic’s Day in Lieu cacao & coconut Kriek
Zero-alcohol specialists Brew Tropic are channelling the sweeter things in life with its new-release beverage Day in Lieu. The non-alcoholic Kriek-style beer is inspired by a Cherry Ripe chocolate bar and has notes of sour cherries, cocoa, and coconut. Day in Lieu is made with pale and Vienna malts and charred with American oak, resulting in a rounded finish.
$25 for a four-pack; available from mid-September. brewtropic.com.au
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