The French phrase ‘de garde’ literally means ‘to keep’. Given their tumultuous history, Europeans have a habit of buying wines, spirits and even some types of ales to lay them down in cellars ready for the hard times. In stark contrast, Australians generally consume 95% of what they purchase from cellar door within the first few weeks of purchase.
Why then have we created this whisky?
Fact: First fill cask whiskies do change in the bottle. We’ve noticed over time when sifting through museum stock that they are much softer in comparison to our original notes taken when they were first released.
At cask strength Whisky de Garde is a Single Malt that has been specifically designed to be opened in August 2026 – five years from its release. While a lovely balanced sipper now, we believe it will be softer and rounder in five years… Here then is the challenge! We’ll be keeping stock aside for the grand opening of the cask strength single malt in 2026 – Can you?
Whisky de Garde Tasting Notes:
60.3% alc/vol, available in 700ml bottles only and limited to 160 hand-numbered bottles.
This cask strength whisky is a vatting of predominantly Apera and PX casks making a delightful sherry aged whisky with combined influences from French and American oak barrels.
Colour – Rich copper in colour
Nose – Hints of dried fruit, mixed spice and malt cereal aromas.
Palate – Brown sugar, dried fruit spice combines well with Fleurieu’s signature of a rich malty mouth feel.
Finish – The combination of raisin, followed by sea salt, maple syrup sweetness deliver a delightful sweet salty lingering finish that beckons another sip.