The NZ Whisky Collection Otago 30YO 44.7% 350ml
A superb single malt distilled in 1987 at the famous Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin. Aged for 30 years in an American oak, ex bourbon cask. This whisky makes New Zealand the fourth country ever to release a 30 year old single malt (after Scotland, Ireland and Japan). This is a single cask release of 386 bottles.
It is a great privilege for all of our team to be releasing 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. Whisky is defined by its ageing. Many of the aromas, the majority of flavours, and all of the colours that make whisky what it is, are imparted into the delicious liquid throughout its time in wood.
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.
This precious liquid began in the rich soils and barley fields of North Otago. After massaging at the hands of proud Maltexo maltsters, Dunedin’s distilling team married the snowmelt waters into the ‘uisga beatha’ (Water of Life). They let their copper stills work magic on the vapours, before laying down the recaptured liquids, to rest and quietly mature in American Oak barrels.
Since 1987, The Otago Commemorative Cask has been softly sweetening into the syrupy and silky flavours of rich malt, divine fruit and a buttery mouth-feel that leaves lasting flavours of the South Island. In their 30 years, these barrels have journeyed from Willowbank in North Dunedin, to further maturation in the Taieri Valley, before an enlightened relocation to enjoy the seaside influence of Oamaru’s crashing coastline.
Experience this for yourself and see how thirty long years of careful maturation are reflected in this beautifully delicate New Zealand Whisky.
Raise a glass, and join with us in celebrating the rich history and the exciting future ahead, for New Zealand Whisky!
As soon as this hits the glass it opens up with golden fruit, apricot flavours through to grassy oaky tones with a stunningly smooth malty oak finish.
The Hard Facts
Type: Single Malt
Age 30 Years
Barrel American Oak, Ex-Bourbon