New Zealand Whisky Company Oamaruvian 16 year old (New Zealand)
New Zealand whisky evangelists and winemakers Warren and Deb Preston identified Oamaru’s historic harbour as ideal seaside climate for whisky maturation. They then decanted over 200 barrels of Dunedin distilled grain whisky from American Oak (where they lay for 6 years) into French oak New Zealand wine barrels where they rest for a further 12 years.
A bold aroma of port-soaked raisins followed by dark cherries, cloves and various stone fruits. A vibrant taste of dried fruits, including dried cherries and strawberries, intertwined with almonds and nutmeg leading to a palate covering liquorice sweetness spiked with anise. A sweet, spicy finish, slightly acidic but carries a very pleasant balance along the drawn-out port-like finale.
Nant Bourbon Cask (Australia)
Made using 100% Tasmanian brewer’s barley and water that flows straight through the Nant estate from the Clyde river fed by a million-year old glacial river in the highlands.
Soft aromas of buttered scones, roasted almonds, dried fruits and hints of all-spice. Light to medium bodied with vanilla malt and attractive cinnamon and notes of citrus and orange peel on the finish.
Hibiki Masters Select Whisky (Japan)
Master’s select is a blend of 10 different Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita distilleries, aged in 5 different types of casks, including American white oak casks, sherry casks and Mizurana oak casks.
Aromas of citrus blossom, mango and juicy raisins with a slight touch of vanilla oak. Chocolate orange, creamy wood notes, dried apricot and cinnamon on the palate. To finish there is plum, ginger, brown sugar and milk chocolate.
Amrut Intermediate Sherry Cask Matured Whisky (India)
This whisky starts its maturation in Bourbon casks, then into sherry casks and back in to bourbon casks to complete its maturation.
The aroma brings in both moist earth and dried tobacco, sweet with heavy grape overtones develop into chocolate and vanilla cake. On the palate there are blackberry, redcurrants and a strong blueberry presence with a surprising kick of rye spices. A medium long finish with sweet wood notes, lingering fruit, bitterness creeps in over time with a touch of nutty aroma from fortified wines shines through.
English Whisky Co Chapter 14 Single Malt (England)
Chapter 14 of English Whisky is a 5 year old unpeated single malt distilled by St George’s Distillery. Using whisky from four consecutive bourbon barrels this limited edition whisky is proudly English.
With a aromas of warm vanilla pastry, fruity with lychees and soaked raisins, demerara sugar and mandarin oranges. The taste is very fruit with bananas and light fruits with overlying hints of crème brulee. A brandy-like warm dry finish
Penderyn That Try Single Malt (Wales)
This whisky is a tribute to the try that was scored against the All Blacks 27th January 1973.
Mild aromas of peat smoke, early morning seaside and warm marmalade on toast. It begins with a sweetness on the palate before the smoky, slightly medicinal flavours descend. A slightly bitter finish follows leaving a long and lingering fresh taste in the mouth.