Ahh New Zealand. Home of Rugby, the Kiwi and Single Malt Whisky.
Malted and Distilled in the true traditional style, Kaiapoi has a subtle nose that almost hides the rich depth of malt that covers the palate and warms the soul. Incredibly smooth, oak characters perfectly balanced with deep malted body. Long seemingly endless finish, rich and deep, leaving a warm glow and dancing malted after.
Fitzpatrick Kaiapoi Single Malt Whisky is truly something very special. Distilled in New Zealand at Kaiapoi Distillery, using a 140 year old John Dore Pot Still (known as the Rolls Royce of stills) This is a true flavour Still that achieves a depth of Malt Flavour, while separating a purity of spirit, until now unseen outside the Highlands of Scotland.
This triumphant first release of 2000 bottles makes this Whisky very rare and sort after.
It has taken my family three generations working towards our first release of single Malt Whisky. With a benchmark of quality that has required much patience, distilling technology that requires a depth of precise knowledge dating back to 16th Century, and a love of Whisky in its purist sense. The techniques of Distilling was passed to us by the the great master distiller, Ernest Bangs. Master distiller to the company J & W Nicholson of London, established in 1736.
Due to the limited edition nature of this product we have no hope of supplying the demand for this Whisky, but aim to provide allocations to those in deserving markets.
What a surprise packet. I had no expectation at tasting this and was blown away.
The nose is subtle but rich. It has delicate bacon peatiness, but not enough to be afraid of.
The pallet is amazing. I was expecting it to be quite astringent. After the initial barley intensity, fig, there is a second wave of butterscotch and milo flavours where any unpleasantness would have been.
It is a really delightful whisky. Well done the the Fitzpatricks!
NB: 500ml bottle.