Bakery Hill 10 Year Old Single Cask - 500ml
July 2024

Bakery Hill 10 Year Old Single Cask - 500ml

The Australian Decade Series features extremely limited 10yo single casks from the finest local distilleries. We started the series with a bang: the first-ever 10-year-old age statement from mainland Australia’s founding craft single malt distillery.

Australia

Colour Vintage gold

Nose Lemon sherbet and shredded coconut, alongside baked apple and vanilla bean.

Palate White chocolate mud cake topped with caramel drizzle, fresh apricots and pecans.

Finish Ground almonds and Arnott's Scotch Fingers with a lift of strawberry creams.

Overview

You won’t find a series of high-calibre Aussie age statement whiskies like this anywhere else. Every month until the end of this year, we’re releasing a limited-edition single cask from the very best Aussie distilleries, many of them distillery firsts — created exclusively for The Whisky Club.

It’s not every day you get the chance to get your hands on an Aussie whisky with these types of specs — very few local distilleries have ten-year-old whisky on hand, but this collection signposts that they’re coming...

The first in our series ccame from mainland Australia’s founding craft single malt distillery: Bakery Hill.

Founded in 1999, Bakery Hill Distillery was the first whisky distillery established in Melbourne after Bill Lark kick-started the Aussie whisky industry in 1992. Since then, the distillery has been creating award-winning Speyside Scotch-style single malts.

Freshly bottled after a full ten-year maturation in a single ex-Jack Daniel's barrel, this one-off age statement release has been bottled at 57% ABV and is bursting with lemon sherbet, vanilla bean and strawberry creams with a luscious palate of white chocolate mud cake topped with caramel drizzle, fresh apricots and pecans, all while maintaining Bakery Hill’s signature oily richness.

The Australian Decade Series is a rare chance to own some extremely limited edition single cask single malts from some of the finest Aussie distilleries. It’s a celebration of the coming of age of our local industry, launched as part of our 10th anniversary. These releases are very limited and very collectible, with volumes capped in the 100s on each. There’ll only be a few people in the country with a full collection of these. Make sure you’re one of them.

Orders for the Bakery Hill have now closed, so if you’re not a Member yet, Join Free now to get your hands on the next in the series.

Bottles size: 500ml

THE SPECS

Price: $250.00

Age: 10 Years Old

ABV: 57%

Maturation: American oak, ex-Jack Daniels barrel

Ready to enjoy a world-class whisky collection?

Your free Club Membership gives access to exclusive single malt from Scotland, Australia and the world’s best distilleries. Enjoy the unrivalled buying power of Australia's biggest whisky club.

Bakery Hill's History

Founded in 1999 by former food scientist and high-school educator David Baker, Bakery Hill Distillery was the first whisky distillery established on mainland Australia after Bill Lark set the ball rolling for the Australian whisky industry ten years prior. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Bayswater, it’s one of only a handful of distilleries in Melbourne.

The name Bakery Hill refers to not only David’s name, but to a key location in the Eureka Stockade, an event which formed part of his inspiration to create a distillery to prove that great single malt whisky didn’t have to come from Scotland (or, for that matter, Tasmania).

Having decided it was well and truly Victoria’s turn to be in the whisky spotlight, nothing was left to chance. David contracted a company from the UK to build his still, and after consultation as to the style of spirit to be produced, the still was built and delivered to Melbourne, with delivery, setup and initial production overseen by the engineer who designed it himself.

The art of distillation and maturation was perfected over the next few years, and finally it was time to unleash Bakery Hill to the public at 2003 Australian Malt Whisky Convention in Canberra. The distillery launched with three unique single malt whiskies that soon achieved high acclaim both locally and abroad: Bakery Hill Classic Malt, Double Wood and Peated Malt, soon to be joined by the cask strength Classic Malt Cask Strength and Peated Malt Cask Strength and a range of other special releases such as Sovereign Smoke - Defiantly Peated.

Initially Australian Franklin Malt was used but nowadays Australian Schooner barley is used for the Classic and Double Wood, and the peated whisky is made using malt from the UK and New Zealand. 

All Bakery Hill’s releases are 100% handcrafted and are matured in small oak casks in their own bonded store. Many Australian distilleries use wine casks to mature their whisky, but Bakery Hill almost exclusively use American Oak ex-Jack Daniels barrels, allowing the spirit to shine on its own merit. 

The 225 litre barrels are rebuilt into 100 litre barrels at Melbourne’s own Heritage Coopers. This is considered the perfect size for whisky maturation in Melbourne’s climate with the higher ambient temperature and large temperature fluctuations across the day, along with the relatively low humidity, causing the cask to “breathe”, oxidising and exposing the whisky to the oak at a higher rate, accelerating maturation. In addition to the American Oak, some 50, 100, and 200 litre French Oak casks are filled for use in the Double Wood. 

It’s always hard to keep a good thing a secret, particularly when the likes of Jim Murray bestow you with “The Best Small Distillery of the Year” (2005) and Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year” (2020).  So, while international demand for Bakery Hill has continued to grow, and production has been maximized, David and the team, being the true Aussies they are, wanted to keep their local supporters happy. He’s resisted the temptation to export everything and has scaled back international supply in favour of looking after the local market that’s supported him from the start. 

David’s education background has also spurred Bakery Hill to actively encourage whisky knowledge, and regularly provide education sessions, tastings and whisky experiences for locals and tourists alike. Their popular Whisky Masterclasses have been run for over 10 years now, educating people about all facets of whisky production, right through to guided tastings.

Bakery Hill 10 Year Old Single Cask - 500ml Bakery Hill 10 Year Old Single Cask - 500ml

Distillery Facts

Region: Victoria

Origin: 1/20 Gatwick Road, North Bayswater, 3153, Victoria

Founded: 1999

Water Source: Chateaux Silvan

Washbacks: 2 x 2000L stainless steel fermenters

Stills: 1 x 1200L John Dore still

Ready to enjoy a world-class whisky collection?

Your free Club Membership gives access to exclusive single malt from Scotland, Australia and the world’s best distilleries. Enjoy the unrivalled buying power of Australia's biggest whisky club.

Members reviews

Stop scrolling. Start dramming.