Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
We continue the evening of distilleries lost from Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec with secondly the South Island New Zealand 18 years old.
The Willowbank Distillery, which produced this expression, was founded in the sixties, and in its time was the most southerly distillery in the world. They started producing whiskey with steel stills at the very beginning, with rather questionable results. Since Seagram's acquisition of the distillery in 1991, the stills were switched to copper stills, resulting in much better whiskeys.
Unfortunately the distillery closed its doors in 1999. Yet the New Zealand Whiskey Company bought back the aging stocks and to this day they continue to bottle them sparingly, which gives us the chance to try these whiskeys even if they are no longer. products. Funny fact, the distiller has since been converted into condominiums. You have to admit, it must be really cool living in a fire distillery.
As former director Peter Jackson once said:
The world is indeed full of peril, and there are many dark places in it; but there are still many beautiful ones, and although in all countries love is now mingled with affliction, it perhaps only grows greater.
Pale color of barely golden straw.
A wind of hops as it emerges when you enter The Barberie a Thursday afternoon. Berries, bubble gum and cotton candy. Banana touch with a light leather smoke.
Cooked sugar with an air of leather that slowly fades. Very smooth, in keeping with a whiskey of this age.
Smoke from saw blade or wood chips. Like in a sawmill or at the shoemaker's. Very interesting length.
Nice effort from New Zealand, but a little too disparate to be worthy of the Gondor.