- Distillers Malt
- Manuka Smoked Malt
- Cask Type
All private casks will start life in the French Oak and there will be two distinct varieties of malt to select from, Distillers Malt and Manuka Smoke Malt.
Our private casks will mature for a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 10 years with the owners of these exclusive casks having the opportunity to sample each cask annually at the distillery as the cask matures over time.
*Non-refundable 10% deposit to secure your limited edition private cask. Full amount payable on fulfilment. Full terms and conditions can be found here.
We use 100% local barley produced from South Canterbury. Our distiller’s malt is a premium malt produced exclusively from distilling barley varieties with the right nitrogen content. The barley has been gently kilned to preserve enzyme content and the resulting malt has both high extract and diastatic power. The end result is a barley and new make which is slightly sweet, rich in character and clean.
We take the same barley varieties as our classic distillers malt and place the grains in a smoker with 100% New Zealand grown West Coast Manuka wood. Our Manuka Smoked Malt is smooth and overlaid with floral, sweet characteristics. This malt is also excellent when distilled, and imparts a smooth, natural smokiness with distinct Manuka notes to the finished whisky that is unique to New Zealand.
Our cask strategy since creation was to ensure that we can give our Single Malt the best possible start to its journey in life. This is why we have selected French Oak.
French Oak imparts a lovely rich character in the spirit from an early age, with balanced spiciness, silky vanillin notes as well as subtle sweetness. These flavours are well matched to our local new make spirit and allow for more consistent aging to remove any of the volatile congeners. Another key attribute from French Oak is its high tannin levels which tends to be more balanced in Quercus Robur versus that of the American counterpart - Quercus Alba.
All 200L casks will be filled using Virgin French Oak, with 50L casks being 1st filled French Oak.
Cask is king.