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NEW ZEALAND WHISKY (THE) 1989 Cask Strength

Single Malt, New Zealand, 70cl, Ref: 17575

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : or vif.
  • Nose : puissant, affirmé. Une fine pellicule de chêne enrobe une très légère trace de tourbe huileuse ainsi que des fruits mûrs (pomme, mirabelle). Des épices montent progressivement à la surface de la palette olfactive (poivre, muscade, girofle), tandis que la tourbe gagne en intensité. Elle est médicinale (ricin, benjoin) et minérale (ardoise, glaise).
  • Palate : douce, onctueuse. Elle donne très nettement la priorité au registre fruité, avec une composition de mirabelles, de pêches abricotées et d’agrumes confits (orange, mandarine). La peau de ces fruits est duveteuse et leur chair merveilleusement onctueuse. Au fur et à mesure, de nouveaux fruits, plus secs (noix verte, amande, noisette), font leur apparition.
  • Overall : à l’instar de la bouche, elle se révèle douce et tendre. Une délicate amertume réglissée lui procure beaucoup d’allonge. Des agrumes confits côtoient de fines notes boisées (chêne neuf). Au fur et à mesure, elle devient logiquement vanillée et chocolatée. La rétro olfaction voit la tourbe effectuer une tentative de retour assez vite avortée cependant. Le verre vide est quant à lui tourbé, médicinal et floral (chèvrefeuille).
The brand

The brand

New Zealand Whisky is a brand that was created by Greg Ramsay, an Australian business man and whisky enthusiast, to bring together all the most recent bottlings of single malt whisky from the closed Willowbank distillery. Founded in 1974 in the town of Dunedin, this distillery initially produced blends such as Wilsons and 45 South. Purchased by Seagrams, it then began making its first single malt, Milford. The brand’s whiskies are now available in several ranges: ‘Doublewood’, consisting of blends aged in two different barrels; ‘South Island’ for old whiskies and ‘Cask Strength’, for vintage-dated cask strength bottlings.

The distillery

Founded in 1974 by the Baker family in the town of Dunedin (in the Otago region, better known for its wines), on the site of the old Water of Leith Brewery, the Willowbank distillery was purchased in the 1980s by Seagrams. This international company, with distilleries in Scotland, Canada and the United States, created a range of single malts under the Lammerlaw brand. However, production was stopped in 1997 and the distillery was sold to Fosters, who closed it in 2000 and sent the stills to Fiji to make rum. Abandoned for several years, with small sales of the Milford brand, the remaining stock – some 600 casks – was bought by the New Zealand Whisky Company and stored in a specially adapted warehouse in the historic little town of Oamuru about 100 kilometres north of Dunedin, on the west coast of the South Island.

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