- 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
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25 × member ratings
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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
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[+]
- For 21 years I expected more depth and complexity. Not bad, but also little memory.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
The spices come out
nicely in the medium long finish, which leaves your mouth dry. Some tobacco and
pepper at the death.
- 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
- 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.
- Best NZ whisky I've ever tasted and plenty good enough to compete with many scotches.
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.
Nice barley delivery that smoothly rolls around with the citrus. Quite light and not very complex.
Now the age comes through with plenty of spice. Peppery, but nice enough.