The New Zealand Whisky Collection has won many awards internationally including Gold & Double Gold at the World Spirits Awards in San Francisco among others. Please have a look at the below document for more info.
Whisky distilling in New Zealand was born with the arrival of Scottish settlers in the 1830s. Many Scots settled in the Otago region and the industry flourished here until the 1870s, when onerous government regulations effectively shut it down. A distilling industry gradually re-emerged in the 1950s and in 1974, the Baker family opened the Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin, producing such popular whiskies as Wilsons and 45 South. The world’s largest distiller, Seagrams of Canada, bought Willowbank in the 1980s. The distillery thrived under Seagrams and its Single Malt, Lammerlaw (named after a nearby mountain range), was highly regarded. But in 1997, Seagrams sold Willowbank to Australian brewer Fosters, only for Fosters to mothball operations and send the stills to Fiji for making rum. In 1997 the last whisky distillery in New Zealand was closed down, and the hundreds of barrels of Cask Strength whisky auctioned off or mothballed. In 2010 the last 80,000 litres in 443 barrels was purchased from what had previously been stored in an old airplane hangar. The whisky now resides in the towering seaside bonds store in Oamaru. These are exceptionally rare drams from what was once the world’s southern-most distillery.
Dunedin Doublewood - 16 Year Old A master blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky produced from unmalted barley in the Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin. Aged for 6 years in American Bourbon casks, before finishing for 10 years in French Oak ex-NZ red wine casks. The ex- red wine casks give it ruby colour, depth of character and long-lasting, rich flavours. At 40% ABV, our flagship product is available in 500ml bottles.
High Wheeler - 21 Year Old A master blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky made from unmalted barley in the Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin. Aged for 21 years in American oak, ex-bourbon casks. Available in a 350ml bottle at 43% ABV.
Oamaruvian Cask Strength - 18 Year Old The first ever release of our DoubleWood at cask strength. A master blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky produced from unmalted barley in the Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin. Aged for 6 years in American Bourbon casks, before finishing in French Oak NZ ex-red wine casks for 12 years. Bottled at 55.88% ABV.
South Island Single Malt - 25 Year Old Made from 100% malted New Zealand barley in the Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin. This whisky has been aging in American Oak, Ex- Bourbon casks for 25 years. At 40% ABV, this precious drop is only available in 350ml.
The Otago - 30 Year Old In 2017 it was a great privilege for all of our team to release New Zealand’s first 30 year old single malt whisky, and we look forward to sharing with you this superb Spirit of the South Island. Scotland, Ireland, and Japan have matured single malt to 30 years and beyond in recent years, now New Zealand is only the 4th nation to release a Single Malt Whisky with the benefit of three decades in American Oak. Since 1987, The Otago Commemorative Cask has been softly sweetening into the syrupy and silky flavours of rich malt, divine fruit and a buttery mouthfeel that leaves lasting flavours of the South Island.
The above are all exceptionally rare and exceptionally high quality whisky's available exclusively from Mckenzie Group to the Chinese market. Please contact us for more information.