New Zealand 18 Year Old Double Wood Blended
TWE Exclusive

50cl / 57.2%
  • New Zealand Blended Whisky
  • The New Zealand Malt Whisky Company
New Zealand 18 Year Old Double Wood Blended / TWE Exclusive
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A beautifully complex whisky from closed distillery Willowbank in Dunedin, New Zealand – the world's southernmost distillery until its destruction in the late 1990s.

After an unconventional double maturation – a quartet of ex-bourbon barrels followed by a lengthy period in French oak New Zealand wine casks – this is a complex 18-year-old full of full-bodied, lingering dark fruit notes and woody spice. Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange.

Bottler
The New Zealand Malt Whisky Company
Series
The New Zealand Whisky Collection
Age
18 Year Old
No of Bottles
1371
Country
New Zealand
Cask Type
Wine Barrel Finish

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Raisins Raisins
  • Pineapple Pineapple
  • Strawberry Strawberry
  • Fruit Cake Fruit Cake
  • Butter Butter
  • Caramel Caramel

New Zealand 18 Year Old Double Wood Blended Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Thick brown sugar, butter and fruity caramel – lardy cake with extra sugar. Pineapple cubes, cola bottles and mint imperials hide under a blanket of spiced apples and sultanas. Freshly polished oak develops.

    Palate: Intense, with concentrated raisins, brown sugar syrup, rich fruit cake, buttered fruit loaf and pats of spiced butter. Strawberry jam sandwiches (on well buttered white bread) and spiced shortbread follow.

    Finish: Spiced sponge cake and sultanas fade to leave stewed apple.

    Comment: Rich and intense on the palate, with all of the (copious) cakes of my childhood rolled into one. The buttery spice and layers of jammy fruit are a testament to the quality of the wine casks used – a stunner.

2 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    4 October 2018

    Really surprised how balanced this is – thought it would be all wine influence but actually you get a huge heap of flavour coming through. I treated myself to a bottle for the cold winter nights but don’t think it’ll last the season.

  • 5
    4 October 2018

    This was my first non-Scottish whisky and it showed me that, much like in rugby, Scotland definitely doesn’t have the monopoly on greatness!