Whisky distilling in New Zealand goes back to the earliest Scottish settlers in 1838, and the distilling industry thrived around New Zealand, and particularly in the Dunedin and surrounding Otago region right through until the 1870s, when government influence saw many close down.
This distillery was opened in the 70's and bought by Seagrams in the 80's. Production ceased in 1997 as Seagrams sold the business to Fosters who mothballed the company in 2000, and sent the silent stills to Fiji to make rum!
The New Zealand Whisky Company purchased the last 600 barrels of malt whisky, which has been maturing in the towering seaside bondstore in Oamaru's famous heritage precinct ever since.
The company has recently released the oldest whisky ever matured in New Zealand, the 24-year old '1987 Touch Pause Engage' Cask Strength Single Malt designed to commemorate New Zealand's greatest sporting triumph.