Young Henrys today announce their hugely anticipated foray into whisky, with a very limited release of an 18-year-old Australian Whisky, Ramblin Man.
First distilled and barrelled in Tasmania in 2000, the exclusive whisky was transported to Newtown in mid 2016. At Young Henrys headquarters, the Whisky was lovingly transferred into Australian Apera Sherry casks, spending it’s final years ageing before it was bottled by hand in November 2018. Now ready for release in 381 individually numbered bottles, Young Henrys tells the Ramblin Man’s journeyed story.
The story starts with Bill Claydon. Bill Claydon was a motorcyclist for the Australian Navy, an avid whisky lover and Newtown local. 21 years ago, he acquired two casks of freshly distilled Tasmanian Whisky (Barrel numbers 492 & 493), one for each of his children. Following his passing, Claydon’s son Tim Claydon (then-owner of iconic Newtown venue The Vanguard and close friend of YH) approached Young Henrys in hopes of the Whisky to see the light of day as a bottled, stand-alone product.
Loving the uniqueness of the opportunity, Young Henrys co-founders Oscar McMahon and Richard Adamson booked an adventure to Tasmania with Tim Claydon who, from a Hobart hotel room, coined the name Ramblin Man for the Whisky after one of Bill’s favourite Hank Williams songs.
Young Henrys are hugely honoured to release all 381 individually numbered bottles of the 18-year-old Australian whisky, with thanks to Tim and the Claydon family.
Oscar McMahon, Young Henrys co-founder says: “Ramblin Man has been a really interesting and unique project for us and has now spanned many years. It is such a pleasure to have been able to work with such a refined and beautiful spirit, especially when there is the added weight of a family story intertwined. I am really happy that the two barrels of this Whisky are now married and will shortly be seeing the light of day.”
Tim Claydon says: “The Ramblin Man Whisky will forever hold a place in my heart as it will always bring me wonderful memories of my father and his passion for Whisky. It is a privilege to have such a high-calibre Whisky named in his honour.”
A taste of the whisky would see a nose of right citrus, pekoe tea and orange zest, burnt brown sugar, vanilla custard, raisin, walnut and honey. A balanced palate of sweet malty, cereal notes, and orange marmalade upfront through to chewy caramel and French oak, finishing with candied lemon peel and Leatherwood honey. The sweet spices and fruity viscosity ensure a thick, chewy, oily and long finish.
Don’t delay in getting your hands on one of these very special bottles with an incredible and heart-warming story behind them. Available from June 22 via Young Henrys online store.