Single malt from New Zealand.
I have met The New Zealand Whisky for the first time during Whisky Live Paris 2013 (here and here). Then I tried a few of their releases, they were all good. Good memories caused that I decided to buy The New Zealand Whisky The South Island 21 years old. Whisky was created in Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin, the southernmost distillery in the World. Local barley and water from snowmelts from Southern Alps were used for the production. The distillation in this site was shut down in 1997, and in 2000 its stills were sent to Fiji to produce rum. The New Zealand Whisky Company purchased maturing distillates and now allows us to taste what is left. The South Island 21 years old is bottled at 40% ABV and comes from ex-bourbon barrels.
N: quite fresh with accents of citrus, sourness – lemon and lime, with time more citruses with oranges, then it becomes sweet with the increasing vanilla, there is also honey and cinnamon, over the time there is a lot of floral notes,
S: in the taste also citruses, lemon and orange, after a while there are notes of wood, from which grapefruit emerges, then oak bitterness and a touch of ginger, we have also ripe apples and bananas,
F: long, with oak bitterness, grapefruit and a touch of cocoa.
Interesting single malt in the right age. Despite 21 years it retains the freshness and delicacy. In the taste oak is noticeable, but it is enjoyable. In my opinion whisky is quite similar to products from the Scottish Highlands. It is a pity that the distillery is not producing anymore, we would have more decent single malts from outside of Scotland.