A very rare single cask New Zealand 1989 Single Malt Whisky from the closed Willowbank Distillery.
Aged for 24 years and bottled March 2013 at cask strength of 54.5% from barrel No: 58.
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 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.
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.