The Dunedin brand brings memories of Willowbank Distillery, which operated in Dunedin (the second largest city on the New Zealand South Island) from 1974 to 1997.
The New Zealand Single Malt Whisky Company formed in the early 2000s acquired the remaining stock (around 80,000 liters) and now whatever is left resides in the bonded warehouse in Oamaru. Dunedin Double Wood is a blend of 70% Willowbank malt and 30% premium grain aged in ex-bourbon barrels for six years then transferred into French Oak red wine barrels. The barrels were sourced from one of the North Island winery and previously held New Zealand Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dunedin Double Wood scored silver medal at the 2013 San Francisco Spirit Awards.
Nose: sweet and fruity, red berries, coconut shavings, ripe bananas, breakfast cereals, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee and hints of vanilla.
Palate: raspberries, black cherries, dried figs and apricots, raisins, milk chocolate, toffee, honeyed nuts and touch of oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of mixed berries marmalade, toffee, vanilla and oak.