Anchor Distilling Company is pleased to announce an addition to its portfolio of global whiskies: The New Zealand Whisky Collection, an award-winning range of malt whiskies that will arrive in the U.S. market later this year.

Anchor will be the collection’s exclusive U.S. importer.

While distilling in New Zealand dates back to the 1830s thanks to Scottish settlers, the New Zealand Whisky Collection started in 2010 when founder Greg Ramsay discovered and purchased hundreds of barrels of cask strength whiskies that had been distilled in the world’s most southern distillery in Dunedin, by Canada’s Seagram’s.

The distillery had been mothballed at the end of the 20th century, but Ramsay saw the potential for the complex range of flavors among the quietly maturing barrels. The stock is continuing its maturation in a seaside bondstore in Oamaru, on the eastern coast of New Zealand. The New Zealand Whisky Collection was named Australasian Distiller of the Year at the 2014 and 2015 Wizards of Whisky Awards; it has not entered any awards since.

Anchor will import four expressions from the Collection’s extensive range, each in 375ml sized bottles:

doubleWood

Dunedin Doublewood 16 Year Old (40% ABV; $84.99 SRP, 375ml)

  • Silver Medal 2015 and Gold Medal 2014 – Wizards of Whisky Awards
  • Best Blend Au/NZ, World Whisky Awards 2013
  • Silver Medal, San Francisco Spirit Awards 2013

High-Wheeler

High Wheeler 21 Year Old Single Grain (43% ABV; $94.99 SRP, 375ml)

Oamaruvian-500ml

Oamaruvian 16 Year Old Cask Strength Double Wood (58.4% ABV; $114.99 SRP, 375ml)

  • Gold Medal, The Wizards of Whisky Awards, 2015

South-Island-25YO

South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt (40% ABV; $229.99 SRP, 375ml)

  • 95/100 The Whisky Bible 2014 “Liquid Gold”
  • New World Whisky of the Year, Golden Cask Awards 2013
  • Double Gold, San Francisco Spirit Awards 2013
  • Best AU/NZ Aged Single Malt, World Whisky Awards 2013

“In Anchor’s quest to build a portfolio of the world’s most interesting whiskies, we are thrilled to bring the highly sought-after New Zealand Whisky Collection to the U.S. As is proven by the likes of Taiwan’s award-winning Kavalan, Japan’s Nikka Whisky Company, and Scotland’s The Glenrothes, there is a world of brands that are changing what defines great single malt whiskies.”
– Dennis Carr, president of Anchor Distilling Company

The range of whiskies will be available in major markets nationwide. For more information about the New Zealand Whisky Collection, email Info@AnchorSF.com or visit AnchorDistilling.com.