In the 1800s, immigrants from Scotland arrived in New Zealand and brought their whisky knowhow with them. However, the New Zealand whisky industry has enjoyed mixed fortunes since. The New Zealand Whisky Company purchased 80000 litres of whisky from the now defunct Willowbank distillery in Dunedin (gaelic for Edinburgh). This expression was matured for 6 years in American oak before being finished for a further 4 years in a New Zealand red wine barrels.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Soft and slightly sharp with plum skins and a bowlful of ripe red fruits. Almost a port-like influence with an additional sprinkling of black pepper.
Palate: Soft and jammy to start with a little green apple for good measure, becoming a little spicy at first and then incredibly juicy, dribbling with fruit. Quite drying at the finish. Good red wine finishes are rare but this works superbly.
Retails for around £80-100