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2023 LIMITED EDITION SOUNDS OF BATHURST COMPLETE COLLECTION
NED Australian Whisky proudly presents Sounds Of Bathurst 2023, a uniquely Australian whisky made in partnership with Supercars and Grove Racing. Aged to the guttural roar of V8s racing around the iconic Bathurst track, this release marries the exhilaration of Supercars with NED Australian Whisky’s continual quest for innovation.
The third edition of the limited edition Sounds Of Bathurst, it takes the lessons from the double Gold medal winning 2022 edition and inspiration from the Bathurst 1000’s 60th anniversary event in October.
Reserve grade barrels of NED Whisky were hand selected to undergo our distinctive sound ageing process, carried out within a custom-built, sound-proof container at our Melbourne distillery. With powerful speakers ensuring the sounds deeply permeate the barrels, we played the distinct in-car audio from David Reynolds and Matt Payne’s laps around Bathurst for more than 2,000 immersive hours. In this historic year we also worked with Supercars to dig out famous Commodore and Falcon moments from the archive and audio from Greg Murphy’s 2003 Lap Of The Gods as well as Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom’s victory were incorporated into the aging process.
The Sound Ageing process is unique to NED Whisky and creates a flavour profile distinct to the technique. Over three years of Sound Ageing projects we’ve discovered that dark toffee and burnt maple flavours are enhanced and highlighted with a greater depth of texture in whiskies that undergo the process.
Our 2023 edition features two carefully curated labels, “Retro” and “Innovation”, reflecting both Bathurst’s storied past and its exciting future with Gen 3.
For the first time we’re excited to reveal “Start Line”, a premium NED Australian Whisky released for the 60th anniversary of the Bathurst 1000.
For the 2023 Sounds Of Bathurst edition we hand-picked seven NED Whisky barrels and blended them together, refilling the premium creation back into the barrels. Six of the barrels were placed in our custom sound aging container while one barrel was left to mature in the warehouse – the same whisky matured with sound aging and without.
The result are two distinctly different whiskies, a perfect accompaniment of history and innovation to celebrate the 60th anniversary Bathurst event.
START LINE TASTING NOTES:
Aroma: Caramel and vanilla on the nose, with loads of crème caramel and almost custard. There is subtle fruit, peaches, and almond.
Palate: Oak, white chocolate, caramel and vanilla leaning into macadamia.
Finish: Long with plenty of sweet oak.
RETRO & INNOVATION TASTING NOTES:
Aroma: Butter pastry, complex caramel and extra oak, rich oak and maple.
Palate: Rich oak, huge length, loads of butter, pastry, caramel and dried fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, loads of length, then oak and caramilk chocolate. The flavours feel enhanced and boosted.
Finish: Very long, lots of smooth texture and clean finish.
500ml | 45%