This will also be the last time the Oamaruvian has been bottled as a 500ml. All future releases are 350ml, due to dwindling stocks. A blend of 70% single malt, and 30% grain whisky produced from unmalted barley. Matured for 6 years in ex-bourbon barrels, then finished in French Oak NZ wine barrels for a further 12 years.
Colour: Dark cherry wood
Nose: Bold port-soaked raisins followed by dark cherries, cloves and various stone fruits. Water and time brings out pecan praline, almonds and balsamic reduction glaze.
Taste: Dried fruits dominate, including dried cherries and strawberries, intertwined with almonds and nutmeg. Definitely benefits from time in the glass to subdue some underlying tannins.
Finish: A slightly dry finish, with spices and sweetnesses. Specially selected New Zealand DoubleWood casks chosen for their rich toffee, floral nose and creaming soda mouth-feel with a hint of Oamaru sea spray to finish.