Diggers and Ditch New Zealand Double Malt Whisky
This rare discontinued Diggers and Ditch New Zealand Double Malt Whisky is a marriage of Malts from the closed Willowbank Distillery in New Zealand and a mystery Tasmanian Distillery.
The front label (photo): Members of the ANZACs share the warmth of a fire and a yarn, in a billet at Ypres in Belgium, 1917.
Willowbank Distillery History
This distillery was established in 1974 when the Baker family opened the Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin. Producing such popular whiskies as Wilsons and 45 South.
Climate, Geography, Geology very similar to Scotland also a lot of Scots emigrated there.
An ideal place for making whisky it is a shame they demolished the Willowbank distillery due to a down turn in the world economy.
The distillery was latterly owned by Seagram (1980s). Who produced the New Zealand single malt that was originally sold under the “Lammerlaw” brand.
Lammerlaw was discontinued when Seagram sold the stocks and the Willowbank Distillery in 1997 to Australian brewer Fosters, only for Fosters to mothball operations and send the stills to Fiji for making rum.
The distillery has over the years several names Dunedin Lammerlaw, or Willowbank distillery. Closed in 1997, the distilling equipment has since been dismantled.
The New Zealand Single Malt Whisky Company in 2010 secured the remaining single malt stocks, 80,000 litres in 443 barrels from what had previously been stored in an old airplane hangar. The whisky now resides in a bonds store in Oamaru.