When visiting Oamaru during the holiday season, take a walk
through the heritage precinct and drop into the Cellar Door
in the Loan & Mercantile building, and catch up on the
exciting new areas that have recently been opened.
Whisky connoisseurs will be delighted to find that within the
Cellar Door premises there is an area where people can decant
their own bottle of whisky. They then seal the cap, and put
on the Oamaruvian Whisky label, or if they prefer they can
bring their own label to put on, explained manager Debbie
‘‘The area was set up to coincide with the opening of this
year's Heritage Celebrations, and is proving to be a great
success,'' she said.
The Oamaru Whisky Company's latest single malt is 24 years
old, the year of the first Rugby World Cup, and was launched
during this year's Rugby World Cup. It was an unmitigated
success, especially with overseas visitors, many of whom were
surprised that New Zealand made its own whisky.
The Oamaru Whisky Company has 12 different whiskies - two
blended from the Wilson stock, one of which has been finished
for four years in red-wine barrels, which gives it a lovely
‘‘red tinge'' and mellow taste. These South Island malts have
been aged in barrels for 10, 18 and 21 years - the longer
they are in the barrel, the more intense the flavour.
‘‘Whisky is part of the history within the Otago region. It
has its own special flavours and having it available here in
Oamaru is most exciting!''
The single-malt whisky is still ageing in barrels that are
stored in a room in the centre of the building that sits at
8-12deg all year round, the optimum temperature range for
ageing. Tasting, decanting and whisky sales are available
seven days a week. ‘‘There is always someone in the Cellar
Door who can help customers. Drop in during the holiday
season and see what is available,'' Debbie concluded.
14-16 Harbour St, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
03 434 8842