In 1997 the last whisky distillery in New Zealand was closed down and the hundreds of barrels of Cask Strength whisky was auctioned off or mothballed. In 2010, we bought the last 80,000 litres in 443 barrels from what had previously been stored in an old airplane hangar. The whisky now resides in the towering seaside bonds store in Oamaru. These are exceptionally rare drams from what was once the world’s southern-most distillery.
We wanted to see the Whisky industry flourish around the country again and our goal has always been to re-start distilling in Dunedin. That dream has finally come true, with our very own distillery, which was installed at Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin. Our new distillery has been producing beautiful new-make spirit since February 2021.