Willowbank Distillery was founded by the Baker family in Dunedin (New Zealand South Island) in 1974.
The distillery was acquired by Seagram in 1981 and the Canadians replaced stainless steel stills with copper what improved quality of the spirit considerably. Willowbank was a short lived project, in 1997 Seagram sold it to Fosters who mothballed it and soon sold the equipment to Fiji rum producer. The whisky stock was sold on auction and the main buyer was New Zealand Malt Whisky Company who released limited bottlings under the Milford brand. The whisky presented here is a very rare example of single cask expression from the distillery (cask # 137 filled in 1990) bottled at natural strength of 63.5% abv (in March 2013).
Nose: malty and fruity, peaches, apricots, pears, bananas, toasted bread, vanilla, toffee, forest floor, hints wax and polished oak.
Palate: vanilla, milk chocolate, banana bread, vanilla, marzipan, coconut flakes, oranges, nectarines, hints of hay and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, toffee, sweet pastries, milk chocolate, apples and oak.