Desiree Reid (left) is helped by Shirley Jones, of Wanaka,
to plant damask roses in the Cardrona Valley for her new
distillery business. Photo by Mark Price.
Four hundred and fifty specially bred roses are being
planted in the Cardrona Valley in readiness for the opening of
a new distillery.
Desiree Reid, of Zescent, obtained resource consent for the
distillery from the Queenstown Lakes District Council last
month and plans to make whisky.
However, during the 10 years she will wait for her first
batch of whisky to age in readiness for sale, she will make
fruit liqueurs and perfumes, and that is where her roses come
They are a breed called damask, renowned for centuries for
being ''heavily perfumed''.
Ms Reid told the Otago Daily Times yesterday a Nelson
rose specialist had been growing the roses for the last two
They are now going into ground, near the bottom of the road
to the Cardrona Alpine Resort, next to the distillery site.
It will takes a tonne of hand-picked petals to make a litre
of rose oil, which will be sold as perfume or used to flavour
orange peel and rose petal liqueur.
Ms Reid said her authentic, copper whisky still was due to be
shipped from Scotland in December but her German still for
making perfume, fruit liqueur and vodka was already in
storage in Cromwell.
She expects work on the distillery building to start before
Christmas, which is ''a wee bit behind time'', and it should
be in operation before next winter.