South Island is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) New Zealand single malt ever bottled.
It is part of New Zealand Whisky Collecton founded by Greg Ramsay in 2010. Ramsay purchased the last remaining 443 barrels of whisky distilled between 1987 and 1994 in now defunct Willowbank Distillery located in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. South Island is the only single malt in the collection, the whisky was distilled from New Zealand grown barley and aged in ex-bourbon barrels for a minimum of 25 years. Other brands included into New Zealand Whisky Collection are Oamaruvian (single grain) and Dunedin Double Wood (blended whisky).
Nose: fruity and floral, summer meadow, apples, peaches, oranges, bananas, sultanas, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and charred oak.
Palate: rich and complex, honeydew melon, oranges, passion fruit, coconut shavings, banana bread, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, hints of leather and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, citrus, leather, charred oak and fading hint of peat.