Overall rating
Single Malt
The New Zealand Whisky Company (NZWC)
Stated Age
21 years old
American Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2012 9:27 pm

Average value

€ 118,68

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25 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for South Island 21-year-old NZWC

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.09 points

  1. Sjors scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur


    N: Everyone loves the straw-like barley/linseed oil nose. There’s also this nutty/coppery > sulphur-y vibe I remember from an 18yo Willowbank tried only weeks ago [Blog85].
    T: With very little cask colour or content, it’s a soft one mouthfeel-wise and simply very pleasant overall.
    F: This could just as well be an inactive-aged, soft-spirited column still rum. There’s a salivating dry softness later on, probably exacerbated in part by bottle fatigue.
    C: Given I’m with [beer drinking] friends, this is a simple/neutral one, ideally suited for enjoying the moment & company of others with.

    Scores a D[+]

  3. Helgo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    For 21 years I expected more depth and complexity. Not bad, but also little memory.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/whisky-aus-neuseeland-36971/ Color: sunlight / straw yellow
    Nose: Sweet, vanilla-like aromas that immediately look very artificial. Flowery-sweet with a perfumed freshness and slightly spicy notes. Now with gooseberry flavors and generally very green. Unfortunately, there is nothing more to elicit from the nose!
    Taste: Thin, sweet and dry at the same time. Herbs, rhubarb, wood (becoming unpleasantly bitter) with an underlaid sweetness.
    Finish: Ultra-sweet - loads of sugar and oncoming vanilla. In other words: a glass of sweetened tap water!
    68 points (nose: 70 / taste: 68 / finish: 66)

  6. tomy63 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    pale gold color, malty nose and vanilla, honey, some citrus in the background, quite sweet. Attack in the mouth quite sweet too, but a lot of punch in the end with a tangy and spicy side that appears, always honey and vanilla but a lot of yellow fruit too, the malty side of the nose is more discreet. Average length. Not a great originality but well done.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nice malt, but it
    cannot fulfill the promise of the nose on the palate. I found this one to match
    perfectly with some dark chocolate with pistachio nuts. Jim Murray gave this
    one 95 points in his 2014 Bible. What? Yep.
    • Nose
      Fruity nose that I
      can only associate with the color yellow. Think lemon, Turkish Delight,
      vanilla, some wild flowers, something leathery and mint. Not in that order, by
      the way. After a few moments, I also get nuts, nougat, chewing tobacco, yellow
      plums, sultanas and icing sugar. Gummy bears. Hint of white chocolate and pear
      drops. Wow, this is a whole panoply of aromas and I quite like it.
    • Taste
      The arrival is soft, a
      little too light in fact. But luckily it offers enough flavor to make up for
      that. Floral with nuts and fruitcakes, but also sweet malt and breakfast
      cereals. The gummy bears return. It also tastes somewhat dusty, if you know
      what I mean. Vanilla everywhere, along with the yellow plums.
    • Finish
      The spices come out
      nicely in the medium long finish, which leaves your mouth dry. Some tobacco and
      pepper at the death.

  8. Sjaunja scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Single Malt

    Whisky made from 100% malted New Zealand barly at the Dunedin distillery.The award-winning South Island Single Malt is wrapped in a
    contemporary label, featuring a 3D 'Look-Through' to an 1870s oil
    painting of Dunedin's original Distillery. Aged in American oak
    ex-bourbon barrels for at least 21 years giving this premium New Zealand
    Single Malt an intriguingly ‘antique’ flavour profile.


    “Lots of sweet vanilla and honey, spice and oak. Freshly baked apple and cinnamon Danish. Soft and rounded.”


    World Whisky Awards 2013: GOLD - Best Australasian Aged Whisky
    San Fransico Spirit Awards: DOUBLE GOLD

  9. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Producer`s Notes:Mid gold, with copper lights.

    A mild and very mature nose - seems older than its age statement. The

    influence of the cask is apparent, but wholly beneficial: the nose is

    floral, rather, with light coconut and acidic tropical fruits.

    Taste is sweet, freshly acidic, then farmyard-musty. Water raises straw and hay-loft dust.

  10. Willie JJ scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Best NZ whisky I've ever tasted and plenty good enough to compete with many scotches.
    • Nose
      A lovely nose. Delightfully floral like violet flavoured gummy sweeties. A subtle jelly bean mash through which the barley sugars flirt with the citrus. Some signs of age, but no mustiness.
    • Taste
      Nice barley delivery that smoothly rolls around with the citrus. Quite light and not very complex.
    • Finish
      Now the age comes through with plenty of spice. Peppery, but nice enough.


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