Four Corners of Ross

Back in July I was lucky enough to attend a tasting at The Oak Barrel in Sydney hosted by none other than Tim Duckett of Heartwood fame. The evening was to launch Heartwood’s latest whisky “Four Corners of Ross”. It was a fantastic event. Later in the evening Tim shared a birthday present with us that he had received from Lark containing 100% peated spirit from a sherry cask. It was fantastic!

So how is the Four Corners of Ross? It’s a whisky with a huge flavour profile. Something we should come to expect from Heartwood by now. Nothing shy going on here on the palate. The nose on this whisky is one of the most complex I think I have ever encountered. Layer after layer of aromas, constantly changing.


Nose: Iodine meets rubbing alcohol, clean computer parts, static free “areas”, cherry, jelly babies, alcohol starburst, womens perfume, port? With time some cream.

Mouth: Amazing espresso cream, massive palate, spicy but wow! Peat is noticeable and very nice. Very big on flavour.

Finish: Long, chestnut, rich and malty, very oily, cream, vanilla. Oak interaction is nice.


Distilleries: Tasmania Distillery (Sullivans Cove) & Lark
Age: “Could’ve been a 14 year old”
Region: Tasmania, Australia
Bottler: Heartwood
Distillation Date: HH0174 (2000) & LD0323 (2007)
Bottling Date: June 2014
Cask: HH0174 (95%) & LD0323 (5%)
ABV: 65.8%
Limited: Very

I would say buy yourself a bottle stat, but you won’t find one. They were sold out by product launch, and I can understand why. Brilliant stuff.

I asked Tim if he would choose a song to go with this whisky and he has kindly offered Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood. When asked why he had chosen this song: “Dirty with a bit of mongrel, Kings and Queens step aside. Might relate to all Heartwood whiskies. Not easily forgotten.”

George Thorogood – Bad to the Bone



Four Corners of Ross

“Four Corners of Ross” – a sneak preview

Just wow – Tims advice to try it in stages works – I tried it immediately, after 10 minutes, and then 10 minutes later…

Starts off very calm – not like previous Heartwoods at all… milder than I’m used to, but then the alcohol content is down to a mere mid-to high 60s…

The bourbon is there, but muted…

Ten minutes later, hello dirty dog!

We’ve got an entirely new drink – if I didn’t have the glass in my hand the whole time, I would’ve sworn it was a new drink… it’s mouthwatering, “juicy”, the peat giving just enough to let you know something is going on… I got a hint of green apples and tea (not normally something I find in bourbon maturation)

The finish long long long… the woody oak is coming out, drying… on and on and on… lovely!!

Gonna need to do some more, umm, ‘studying’, on this one – yes, that’s it… studying…

Anyway, that’s my first tasting of the Four Corners – it’s going to be a glorious expression…

Richard Stewart
Tasmanian Whisky Appreciation Society