The original release of the South Island Single Malt was in an 18 and 21 year old. The barrels were picked via a multitude of barrel samples sent to Hobart, tasted and matched in CEO Greg Ramsay’s lounge room during the Rugby World Cup by Greg himself, production manager Tom Holder, and, to keep things civilized, good friend and lawyer Brendan. The results spoke for themselves, with the first batch picking up the coveted Double Gold in San Fran.
Mix of spice and sweet, black pepper, Turkish delight, nougat, fruity, nutmeg, coriander seed, bit tobacco and leather. Mint, light flower notes and grassy notes with a hint of wood.
Powered sugar, white chocolate, dense fruitcake, red grapefruit, raisin, vanilla, red fruits like raspberry and cranberry. Bit feisty nose with dense notes. Opens up more with a bit of time and reveals the sweet vanilla rich notes…
Soft flower, fruit notes, and a light earthy note coming through with some sweet fruitcake and nuts. Vanilla, raisin, cereal, pear, grapes, wine gums and most of all many fresh plums.
Pepper and cookie dough, raspberry and cranberry, but most of all the fresh plums coming through big time. White chocolate and some salmiak…
Medium length finish with some of the creamy of the white chocolate holding on and a bit dryness of the leather and tobacco. But all covered with rich vanilla.
At first I thought a bit soft, but after a little bit the spice notes and richer sweet notes came more alive in the glass. Lovely expression scored it a 7,5 out of 10.
What do they tell us about this expression?
Made from 100% malted New Zealand barley in the Willowbank distillery, Dunedin. This whisky has been aging in American Oak, Ex-Bourbon barrels for 21 years.
For more information on The New Zealand Whisky please have a look at their website and discover the different expressions. Hope that they will be more available here soon, love to try more of them. Thanks Erik Burgess for sending us a sample of this.