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A rare single-cask release from closed New Zealand distillery Willowbank – the world’s southernmost distillery until its destruction in the late 1990s. Distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2017 exclusively for The Whisky Exchange, this is a rich, well-aged dram with all the fruity intricacy and deep-rooted wood influence one might expect from a whisky on the brink of its third decade. A fine, one-off bottling that won’t be around for long.Tasting Notes (1)
New Zealand 1988 Single Cask 29 Year Old TWE Exclusive
Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Fragrant white, stone and tropical fruit, and polished oak: peaches, pineapples and pears in an old wooden fruit bowl. Lardy-cake brown sugar and sultana notes build, with rich caramel and soft spice following – cinnamon and dark brown sugar sprinkled on white toast.
Polished oak and woody explode across the palate. Cinnamon and vanilla part to reveal a fruity core: pineapple sweets, spiced baked apples, white-wine-poached pears and crisp white peach. Rich toffee notes build from behind with a hint of cooling mint and menthol.
Buttered toast and sultanas fade to leave light fruitcake and wax-polished tables.
Elegant and well-aged, although still with a punchy intensity. Tropical fruit and restrained spice come together with a touch of old-fashioned waxiness to create an excellent, old-school whisky.
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Warning,: if you like Cask Strength for its spiritous powerful punch, this syrupy soft richness may not be for you. OMG. I can see why Jim Murray scored this as the best ever non-Scot, non-Japanese dram he's ever tasted.
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