Posted by: Ted
On the fifteenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… a glass of Castle Glen AWC 4yo Single Malt Whiskey. As Aussies go, the Queenslanders are a pretty colourful bunch. I think it’s something to do with the humidity and the banana-based diet, as they have a definite penchant for the weird and wacky. Castle Glen distillery for example, is based in an actual castle. The low, crenelated fortress in the heart of the Granite Belt area is the creation of one Cedric Millar, who originally built it for his vineyard before diversifying into brewing and distilling. It’s the sort of place that if it was in America it would be a Vegas wedding chapel or a burger joint, but in Queensland looks just right and has become a local tourism icon.
The Castle Glen website is well worth a look just for the dizzying, ecclectic and often bizarre range of wines, beers, ciders, liqueurs, cocktails, crémes, fruit wines, fortified wines and spirits they make (the dragon range and the sex range will give you a chuckle). The AWC 4yo Single Malt, which has a bottle straight out of the 70’s, uses malt sourced sourced from Switzerland of all places. I’m not sure if it’s just the Queensland origin playing tricks with my mind, but I swear there’s a hint of banana chips on the nose, as well as a touch of vanilla, but not too much else. The mouth on the other hand is mega sweet and drives a banana-caramel spike straight through the top of your head and lingers on the tongue longer than really required. A cheap and cheerful curio for the grey nomad tourists rather than anything for the serious connoisseur I think.