The New Zealand Whisky Collection has a series of cask strength bottlings, varying in age, vintage and alcoholic strength. The only common divider they all have is that are distilled in the now closed Willowbank distillery in Dunadin, New Zealand, and they all have matured in ex-Bourbon barrels. We were lucky enough to receive a sample of the 1990 vintage, which has been bottled at a cask strength of a whopping 63.5%...
New Zealand Whisky! Created completely from New Zealand grown barley, distilled in the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, aged for 21 years in ex-Bourbon barrels. The distillery in Dunedin is no longer operational, but the New Zealand Whisky Collection has found and rescued the stock, for us to enjoy.
The New Zealand Whisky Collection - Doublewood aged for 15 years - Dunedin MasterBlended Whisky - DoubleWood. Quite a mouthful, and with all the spices running around on your palate, she really lives up to that, although she might have had a little more oumpf with a slightly higher abv.
The third and final chapter of the Arran Malt's The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy called "The Fiendish Finale", which shall be released on the 30th of July 2014. As with the previous chapters, the whisky is put together from a series of hand picked casks, this time consisting of eight ex-Sherry butts, eight French Oak Barriques and five ex-Bourbon barrels. In the previous editions there was a certain quantity of peated casks, but these have been omitted for this version.
Nose: sweet, warm apples, citrus, full-ripe tangerine peel, sweet lime-juice, cinnamon, a hint of star-anise
Palate: sweet, cinnamon, dried fruit, plums, apricots, dark chocolate, citrus, orange zest
Finish: medium long, semi-dry, sweet, slight marmalade like bitter
Nose: wood-chips, a hint of sulphur, sweet, honey, floral, obvious Sherry, raisins, old fashioned hard liquorice
Palate: sweet and dry, fruity, dried fruits, raisins, spicy, white pepper, stone fruits, mango, dark red cherries, a hint of sulphur, liquorice-root, cocoa
Finish: thick, mouth coating, spicy, layer-cake, fruity, dark ripe cherries, liquorice root, dry, a slight metallic hint