An Exploration of New Zealand

New Zealand Whisky Collection south islandThe New Zealand Whisky Company purchased the last 80,000 litres or so of the whisky produced at Willowbank distillery in South Island, New Zealand and have been releasing it in small batches, these are very rare drams and the last remaining drops from the most southernly whisky distillery in the world.

I really enjoyed this little vertical tasting with the South Island being my personal favourite, and one that i would very happily have a bottle of sitting on my shelf. Overall i was really impressed with the quality and flavours from these drams and although i would have liked to have seen the Dunedin Doublewood and South Island at a higher strength i understand with the rarity why they aren't.

The single cask could easily have been dropped to 50% without causing too much hassle, but then it wouldnt have been cask strength so a bit of water to add is all you need.

Many thanks to Erik (@thewhiskykiwi) the UK ambassador for sorting out samples of these cracking New Zealand Whisky Collection drams.


New Zealand Whisky Collection Dunedin Doublewood

New Zealand Whisky COllection Dunedin DoublewoodA really interesting colour on this New Zealand Whisky Collection Dunedin Doublewood which is vibrant and almost quite pink in colour almost like some of the port matured whiskies.

Matured in ex bourbon then in ex New Zealand oak wine cass this is a real firecracker of a dram, lots of lovely appley notes and lots of flavour.

You can pick up a bottle over at Master of Malt to try for yourself.

Many thanks to Erik (@thewhiskykiwi) the UK ambassador for sorting out samples of this New Zealand Whisky Collection dram.

 

Interesting nose on this one, it's almost caramalised warm bramley apples with a dripping of caramel sauce, lots of oakiness coming through also and a hint of chinese allspice, really draws you in.

quite almondy on the nose with oak coming through strong and more of the caramalised bramley apples, theres also a lick of pine (like the car air freshner) there too

gentle oak and apple, hints of cloves.

Bottle Name: New Zealand Whisky Collection Dunedin Doublewood
Age: 15
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Willowbank Distillery
Bottler: New Zealand Whisky Collection
Type: Single Malt
From: New Zealand, Please Select


New Zealand Whisky Collection Single Cask 1990 (Cask 137)

New Zealand Whisky Collection Single Cask 1990 (Cask 137)This New Zealand Whisky Collection Single Cask 1990 (Cask 137) is hugely powerful, lots and lots of flavour in here but it really did need a splash or two of water to tame it.

Filled with fruity, oaky loveliness and worth seeking out to try.

You can pick up a bottle over at Master of Malt to try for yourself.

Many thanks to Erik (@thewhiskykiwi) the UK ambassador for sorting out samples of this New Zealand Whisky Collection dram.

 

well thats probably one of the most gentle assaults to the nostrils i've evver had, lots of fruity notes and vanilla creeping in with it'sstill soft and gentle and fruity but theres a beast hiding behind it, lots of prickle and tingle coming too

pear and melon come in first before the assault from the alcohol content takes over on first sip, then theres wood sap, oak and maple syrup, when the alcohol dies down (with a splash of water) a hint of fresh fruit salad creep in too

without water it's an assault, with water it goes very fruity

Bottle Name: New Zealand Whisky Collection Single Cask 1990 (Cask 137)
Age: 1990 Vintage
ABV: 63.50
Distiller: Willowbank Distillery
Bottler: New Zealand Whisky Collection
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: New Zealand, Please Select


New Zealand Whisky Collection South Island

New Zealand Whisky Collection South Island Single MaltA really well named whisky is this New Zealand Whisky Collection South Island which does instantly give you tropical notes on the nose, a wonderfully fruity, vanilla filled explosion of flavour.

This was my favourite from the range tried and one that i'd happily have in my drinking collection.

You can pick up a bottle over at Master of Malt to try for yourself.

Many thanks to Erik (@thewhiskykiwi) the UK ambassador for sorting out samples of this New Zealand Whisky Collection dram.

 

a really tropical note on this one that really workd with the "south island" title as i initially get notes of lovely green almost ripe bananas and some sweet tropical juice that reminds me of Um Bumgo juice cartons it's super sweet and mellow on the nose with no nip, or spice there at all.

gentle and subtle, with a slight oaky/malty note coming first before the gentle madagascan vanilla comes in followed by more lightly diluted um bongo

sweet, gentle, vanilla, fruit

Bottle Name: New Zealand Whisky Collection South Island
Age: 21
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Willowbank Distillery
Bottler: New Zealand Whisky Collection
Type: Single Malt
From: New Zealand, Please Select


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