The inland basins and valleys of Canterbury
and Otago lead up to the 1000 mile long chain of the Southern Alps.
Notable for its harsh winters and hot dry summers this area remains
isolated even today and brings hardships no different to the 1850’s.
The region is named after a famous Scottish shepherd and his equally
famous dog. Folklore relates him helping himself to some of the
vast merino sheep flocks in the region. In 1855 he cut out 1000
ewes and drove them over a secret mountain pass. Pursued for many
miles he was arrested and gaoled (and later pardoned)
Today his exploits are remembered throughout
the region with statues and plaques. whiskey was the preferred drink
of the run holders, shepherds and shearing gangs and a bottle was
often the bonus for a job well done. All this whiskey was imported,
the casks of Scottish malt being blended and cut in bond stores
up and down the coast. The best of these are recalled being light,
fragrant and ‘held onto the glass’
In recreating a whiskey from
a century ago Southern Distilleries have produced a blend that retains
a high percentage of single malt to give good aroma and flavour.
This blend of grain and malt whiskey is then oak aged.
The MacKenzie is not chill filtered and has no colours added.
||Light golden amber
||Simple grain, light caramel, oak
||750ml and 50ml
Origins of The MacKenzie
MacKenzie blended Malt Whiskey is produced from malted barley including Canterbury grown grain. The water used in the fermentation and bottling process is drawn from the River which flows from the MacKenzie Basin.
Hokonui Moonshine Museum
16 Hokonui Drive, Gore
Phone 03 208 9907
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