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 Lammerlaw single malt was launched few years later. The whisky took its name from the mountain range located about 30 miles west from Dunedin. Seagram operated Willowbank until 1997 then 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. In 2010 the remaining 443 casks were bought by the newly formed New Zealand Whisky Collection.
Nose: malty and grassy, bunch of fresh herbs, vanilla, lemon grass, apples, pears, hints of candle wax and oak.
Palate: malted barley, lemon tart, pink grapefruits, apples, gooseberries, vanilla, caramel, dash of pepper, hay and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of apples, lemon peel, vanilla, hard candy, hay and oak.