“It’s a sentimental and romanticised version of reality; like the feeling that comes with a nice sip of whisky.” – David Booth
We’re excited to unveil our first project for 2023! Our 5th Edition has been five years in the making. With only 154 bottlings, this release has been patiently and personally crafted in collaboration with celebrated Tasmanian contemporary artist David Booth; and the award-winning Old Kempton Distillery in Tasmania.
Old Kempton Distillery in boasting Bill Lark as co-founder and director, along with Lyn Lark, James Reid and Amelia Hope, is a true artisan, craft distillery. Rob Tyson is head distiller.
This unique expression was drawn from a single 100-litre Pinot Cask, coopered for Rare Cask Society in Tasmania, then matured on the Western wall of Old Kempton Distillery’s bond store. An old stable which provided shelter to 22 horses when Dysart House was a coaching inn during the mid-1800’s. The expression has been crafted from estate grown, floor-malted barley at Old Kempton, then hand-bottled for Rare Cask Society at cask strength 60.2% ABV, without chill-filtering. The casks were lovingly nurtured at Kempton, Tasmania since 2018.
RARE CASK SOCIETY X DAVID BOOTH: ABV 60.2%
Colour: Brooding Banksia raw honey and dark Baltic amber
Nose: A complex and balanced aroma with Rubra frangipani, sun muscats and torn, worn leather.
Palate: Initially Arnott’s malt biscuits, cara cara orange peel, wild black walnuts. Followed by an intense and complex infusion of dried apricots, Floricane raspberries and nashi pear; with subtle hints of oak and mixed spice. A smooth and lingering mouthfeel.
Finish: A classic Pinot finish with ripe blackberries, cassia bark and cloves, showcasing the elegance of classic Tasmanian Pinot Noir.
With only 154 bottles forming this Whisky Art Edition, all are numbered and labelled by hand with an accompanying signed Rare Cask Society authenticity certificate. $399.
About the Artist
About David Booth, collaborating Artist for Project V:
David, who also works under the pseudonym Ghostpatrol, is a Hobart-born, Naarm-based artist whose practice shifts between studio works, site specific installations, commissioned murals and commercial design. His work has been exhibited at and acquired by several leading institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and Parliament House Art Collection
‘Hobart Busy Town’ by David Booth is an original artwork commissioned by Rare Cask Society for Whisky Art Project V.
“I draw things to remember them, letting the truth float around, the memories become softer, nostalgic and a little blurry – that’s how my memory works. The re-imagined version of Hobart, my hometown, is a little confused. The scale, position and colours are distorted by time, reconstructed from redrawing it from memory, over and over again”
– David Booth @ Davidbooth.com
Charitable Causes for Project IV
The charitable cause selected for this Edition is the Bob Brown Foundation. The Bob Brown Foundation is an environmental organisation based in Tasmania. It carries on work to protect scenic land environments, wildlife and marine ecosystems in Tasmania, around Australia, in Antarctica and across the region. www.bobbrown.org.au