New Zealand 18 Year Old Double Wood Blended
50cl / 57.2%
- New Zealand Blended Whisky
- The New Zealand Malt Whisky Company
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.
- Fruit Cake
New Zealand 18 Year Old Double Wood Blended Reviews
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
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.
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!