Milford 10 year old New Zealand Single Malt Whisky
A very rare Milford Single Malt Whisky from the closed Willowbank Distillery in New Zealand.
Distilled : 1993.
Bottled : 2004.
Batch : 321M42. Number of Bottles; 4780.
Character : Balanced, smooth, vanilla tones.
Willowbank Distillery History
Established in 1974 when the Baker family opened the Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin, producing such popular whiskies as Wilsons and 45 South.
With a Climate, Geography and Geology very similar to Scotland it is an ideal place for making whisky.
Later 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 and was 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.
While the Milford Brand was created to showcase this fine, limited edition, single malt.
Milford Single Malt is similar in style to the Lowland malts of Scotland, lighter in body and aroma than the malts of the highlands – elegant with a delicate nose, soft citrus in flavour and a very smooth finish.