Whisky distilled in Dunedin and matured in Oamaru will take
on legendary Scottish brands Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker
at their own game in a precursor to the All Blacks-Scotland
test match at the weekend.
Two months after two whisky brands from the New Zealand
Whisky Co were named world's best at a competition in the
United States, company spokesman Greg Ramsay said more of the
company's whisky produced at the Willowbank Distillery now
faced a test match against the Scots.
Mr Ramsay said the "test match" would take the form of a
blind tasting organised by Edinburgh whisky experts.
"Scotland has never beaten the All Blacks in 107 years of
rugby, but when it comes to whisky, the tables are turned.
The New Zealand Whisky Collection will be the underdog
against the world whisky powerhouse.
"Still, an upset in this weekend's blind tasting is far more
likely than one out on the Murrayfield turf."
The company's whisky stock has been aged in Oamaru for the
past 20 years, and Oamaru Maturation Store manager Debbie
Preston said the company had recently re-commenced exports to
Scotland, and the craftsmanship and quality ingredients with
which it was made would stand it "in good stead" when taking
on the Scottish powerhouses.