Thomson Saison Yeast Cask #39 / Exclusive To The Whisky Exchange
Product Description

A New Zealand single malt from Thomson distillery that is inspired by head distiller Mat Thomson's brewing background and bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. The yeast used to make this single malt is a traditional saison yeast, commonly used in European farmhouse ales, that brings a fruity, nutty edge to Thomson's oily, rich style. Matured in French oak casks from the Forest of Troncais, that previously held New Zealand Pinot Noir, the whisky has taken on layers of dark fruits and autumn leaves throughout the palate.

Thomson Saison Yeast Cask #39 Exclusive To The Whisky Exchange

  • New Zealand Single Malt Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 53.4%

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£58.29 ex VAT

(£99.93 per litre)

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Dawn Davies MW

    • Nose

      Sweet ice tea, powdered cinnamon, autumn leaves and black cherry.

    • Palate

      Velvety texture with layers of shortbread, macadamia nuts, red fruits and sage.

  • Joe Rogers (The Whisky Exchange)

    • Nose

      Blackcurrant cordial, strawberry jam, a slice of dark fruitcake with dried cherries and almonds. In time a leafy side emerges with mint, bay leaf, and warm straw.

    • Palate

      Leather, fruit and nut chocolate, cassia bark, cola, proving bread, rosin, linseed oil, a pleasant bit of struck match and just a touch of funk. Water brings out more dark fruits, a drop of molasses, a little fresh rubber, some five spice and pepper.

    • Finish

      Medium length with a little coca bitterness and drying French oak.

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The Thomsons have always taken an experimental approach to whisky making. From their first forays into home distilling to the launch of their distillery in Auckland they have woven diverse influences and flavours into their work. This has included the use of native peat, manuka wood and casks from New Zealand’s world-renowned wine regions. In this exclusive bottling we see a perfect synthesis of Auckland’s vibrant brewing scene and local viticulture.

Made in Auckland

It may not be the most glamorous part of the whisky making process, but fermentation is everything. When malted barley is milled and mashed, microscopic yeasts set about converting its sugars into alcohol and in doing so create many of the flavours that will carry through to the finished whisky. By using a saison yeast – more commonly associated with brewing fruity farmhouse ales – the Thomsons are able to play with the underlying character of their spirit. It’s precisely this kind of attention to detail and flair for innovation that earned them The Whisky Exchange Rising Star 2024 award.

Spotlight on New Zealand Whisky

The first whisky makers in New Zealand arrived there in the 19th century from Britain and Ireland, carrying small stills with them as they prepared a new life on the other side of the world. After economic downturn and pressure from imported spirits left the local industry low, it seemed that Kiwi whisky would be lost to history. However, in the 21st century a new generation of producers like Thomson Whisky are malting grain, filling casks and building the future of New Zealand’s distilling scene.

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