Dunedin Doublewood 15 Year
New Zealand Whisky Collection // South Island, New Zealand
Crafted in "the world's southernmost distillery", the now closed Willowbank Distillery, this 15 year old blended whisky is first matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for six years. It is then transferred to French oak ex-New Zealand red wine barrels from the North Island for 9 years of aging. The bottle comes complete with a marvelous map of Aotearoa printed upon it. This whisky is a blend of 70% Single Malt whisky and 30% premium grain whisky (unmalted barley).
Single GrainDistilled from a grain or mixture of grains, usually corn, wheat, or barley from one distillery, if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in barrels.
Cask TypeAmerican oak ex-bourbon, French oak ex-New Zealand red wine
"It begins in a wonderful hanging garden, soft plum trees growing amidst a cluster of vanilla orchids, with heavy thick cherries bending the branches of the trees upon which they grow. The slight hint of green tree sap is a welcome addition, with just enough tang that the nose stays awake and alert. Small toffee'd nuts wafts through a tiny spice haze at the end. On the tongue a wooded sweetness comes across, taking the best parts of the wood from the barrel to build stained wine cabinets with bruised dark stone fruits. A floral sweetness wafts down to turn slightly tart towards the end, with half the ingredients for a Christmas cake at the ready. The finish is short and sweet, turning sharply toward the end with a tartness that snaps its fingers at the taste buds, keeping them awake for the next sip. "