New Zealand 19 Years Old 1993 Cask #32 ~ 55.4% (New Zealand Whisky Company)
- New Zealand single malt whisky
- 55.4% ABV, £95 for 70cl
- Score: 87/100
What they say:
Single cask single malt from the Willowbank distillery, which was sadly closed in 1997. However, the New Zealand Whisky Company are more than happy to bottle their whisky, which is a lovely thing indeed! This is a 19 year old single malt, distilled in 1993 and matured in a single cask (#32). It was bottled in March 2013.
What I say:
Dram #5 at the WOLS Edinburgh Whisky Blog World Tour Tasting! was from New Zealand. Distilled in 1993 at the Willowbank distillery and matured for 19 years in Cask #32 before bottling at 55.4% ABV cask strength by the New Zealand Whisky Company.
Light amber gold (7/20), light tears
Light cereal barley, manuka honey, tropical fruits, kiwi, guava, apple and pear, with water much more fruit and vanilla aromas were released
Spiced caramel, manuka honey, fruity, quite light in the mouth (like grain whisky), sherbet, Irn Bru, sweet and zesty, citric, orange and grapefruit oil and zest
Short-medium, zesty fruits and sweet oak wood
Needed water as it was a little too concentrated and locked-in neat. Opens up to reveal masses of fruit, some quite tropical – indicative of some aging maturation, wood effect was quite light comparatively.
Categories: Willowbank, World Whisky
I’m not sure how I feel about these distillers. I’ve tried their ‘double wood’ expression and wasn’t hugely impressed. I’m really intrigued by this one, though and am sad I have missed it and will likely not get a chance to try it.
Keep on waffling,
Distribution in the UK is pretty good so we’re thankful for the NZ whisky Co for just making this stock available! There are some gems on their range so any are worth a try.