Posted by: Ted
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… a glass of Deviant Distillery Anthology Batch 12 single-malt spirit (nope, not a whisky). The brain-child of Tasmanian industrial chemist John Hyslop, Deviant Distillery is a bit of a rebel outfit in the local industry. John’s philosophy is that traditional distilling and aging practices are unfriendly to both the environment and the pocket through wastage in resources and product. His solution was to develop a proprietary reactor technology that allows him to artificially age malt spirit in 10-weeks to develop, what he claims to be, the character of a 10yo whisky.
Needless to say, the use of rapid aging technology has not been without some controversy within the local establishment. In Australia spirit must be aged under oak for at least two years to legally be called whisky, which is why Deviant has been careful to use the term single-malt spirit and avoid any reference to whisky, however opinions have still been divided. Because the process is secret I have no idea what timber has been used for the Anthology Batch 12, but what I do know is that it has been heavily peated (at least by Australian standards), which certainly plays out on the nose, but then underneath sits a young, raw grassy and melony note. The mouth is similarly youthful, with a Lisbon lemon peel body and an ashy, graphitey finish, a profile m’colleague suggests is a bit like a dirty limoncello. Look, it’s not whisky and might not be to everyone’s taste, but it is definitely worth a try for something different.
There seems to be a growing movement to find this – as yet – rapid ageing miracle that delivers.
A new Irish Whiskey rather than being finished in wood – has the wood finished in the malt!
As it started out as a 10yo single malt to begin with it still is a whiskey after this unorthodox method.
The results taste great though!
Yeah, interesting, what’s it called? It’s the wild west out there in terms of technology though. I reckon we’ll keep seeing it develop over time. Depends what the market thinks and where they can find their audience/price point niche – Ted
12 Point Rogue Buck Whiskey is the catchy name. Only just revealed at Whiskey Live Dublin from newcomers Irish Whitetail Distillery.
A developing story as they say.