The Whisky Tasting Club

WIZARDS OF WHISKY AUSTRALASIAN DISTILLER OF THE YEAR

 

New Zealand Whisky Company

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This year sees New Zealand’s All Blacks defend their world rugby title -and 2015 will no doubt mark another significant step forward for the New Zealand Whisky Company.

When The All Blacks triumphed in 2011 Tasmanian Greg Ramsay, having bought up existing stocks of the old Willowbank Distillery,  was making his first tentative steps in his bid to put Kiwi whisky on the map. It’s hard to believe that it’s just over three years ago since that journey started. And it’s fitting that in 2015 The New Zealand Whisky Company should pick up the award for Australasian Distiller of the Year.In the past 12 months the company has made major strides in international markets, launched new products, repackaged existing ones, and improved the quality of its offering across the board.

I should at this point declare a vested interest – as an adopted New Zealand citizen I am proud of my association with this company and have worked with Greg and his team to promote this whisky to the world. And I am delighted to see its three entries do so well in The Wizards.

But I should once again point out that I was not part of the judging panel that scored the whiskies so highly.

The big surprise for everyone this year was another fruity delight, the Oamaruvian. It was one of three gold medals the distiller picked up recently.

Watch out for the February World Whisky Review where I’ll speak to the team behind New Zealand whisky about the current range, what is in store, and what plans it has for world cup year

TOMORROW: Asian Distiller of the Year

 

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