The Ultimatum is a deeper flavoured style of Whisky from Riverbourne Distillery and this Edition 4 is a testament to this range. This has been mashed by hand and matured at the farm of Riverbourne. It has a sweet nose, which continues in the palate, which then transitions into spice, giving more complexion to this Whisky.
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Warming nose of vanilla, fudge and subtle eucalyptus.
Palate: Initial sweetness overwhelms the flavour, with honey and biscuit. In the back palate spice grows with black peppercorn.
Finish: Warm medium finish which is dominated with spice and small sweet note.
|Ultimatum - Edition 4
Established in 2015 and located 50 minutes to the South East of Canberra. This remains the local distillery of Canberra and fondly Riverbourne's water is sourced from the same river which feeds Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. Martin Pye founded the Distillery and leveraging from his background as a Chemist (4th Generation) he embarked on a journey to follow his passion. His craft began distilling Rum and this led to perfecting his Whisky.
At a height of 1060 metres, this makes Riverbourne one of the highest distilleries in Australia and adds to its unique maturation. Fresh spring water is used in the production and Riverbourne remains one of the few distilleries in Australia which hand mashes their Barley. When it comes to the fermentation, Martin's deep knowledge of ester profiles and fermentation really shines above the rest. He uses a single 900 Litre Traditional Pot Still which is steam driven and jacketed. This bring a softer style of spirit by allowing balanced and uniformed heat in the boiler.
A variety of imported and local barley are used, along with a noteworthy cask selection for maturation. While nestled around the Talaganda State Forrest and Deua National Park, it feeds fresh air for maturation. However the real beauty comes in the afternoon when the sea breeze is feed up the Clyde Mountain giving a much cooler climate which optimises the maturation of Riverbourne spirit.
With an annual production of 5,000 litres, it allows Riverbourne's artisan spirit, to remain crafted by hand and passion.