The 1987 Touch. Pause. Enjoy!

This superb Single Malt captures the triumph of a nation. Distilled in 1987 in Dunedin, the spirit has been ageing in oak barrels for 27 years, quietly softening and sweetening into the delicate dram it is today.

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Oamaru Cellar Door

The whisky shop at our Oamaru Cellar door is now open. Come and see our full range of specialty New Zealand whiskies. Partake in a tasting session and find out more about the intriguing history of distilling in New Zealand.

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South Island Single Malt

“You would be forgiven for thinking this was a 30 or even 35-year-old Speysider: almost a grassy maltiness melding into the light, exotic fruit and freshly chopped celery. Clean, delicate and elegant beyond words.”

– Jim Murray

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About Us

Distilling in New Zealand goes back to the earliest Scottish settlers in 1838, a time when the distilling industry thrived in New Zealand, particularly in Dunedin and the surrounding Otago region. By the 1870s, government influence saw many close down.

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The Oamaruvian

New Zealand whisky evangelists and winemakers Warren and Deb Preston identified Oamaru’s historic Harbour Precinct as an ideal seaside climate for whisky maturation. Next, they did something profound. They decanted over 200 barrels of Dunedin distilled single grain whisky out of American bourbon barrels and into French oak NZ wine barrels. The Dunedin DoubleWood was born. Eight years on, The New Zealand Whisky Collection is proud to present The Oamaruvian – specially selected casks chosen for their rich toffee, floral nose and creaming soda mouth-feel with a hint of Oamaru sea spray to finish.

 

  • Spice 80%
  • Fruits 80%
  • Port 50%

An exceptional whisky by any standards! It bears comparison with the finest

Charles MacLean

The 1987 Touch.Pause.Enjoy

You would be forgiven for thinking this was a 30 or even 35-year-old Speysider: almost a grassy maltiness melding into the light, exotic fruit and freshly chopped celery. Clean, delicate and elegant beyond words

Jim Murray

South Island Single Malt 21 YO

Meet the Team

Meet the team who brought a mothballed whisky to the world’s stage.