New Zealand’s whisky renaissance, with Greg Ramsay

The New Zealand Whisky Collection team in Dunedin

Whisky production disappeared from New Zealand in 1997 with the closure of the Willowbank Distillery in Dunedin.

But in 2009 Tasmanian entrepreneur Greg Ramsay brought together a group of investors to purchase Willowbank’s remaining stocks and re-launch New Zealand whisky to the world.

Greg joins us this episode as we explore some of New Zealand’s little-known whisky-making heritage, and the whisky renaissance that’s now underway.

His company, dubbed The New Zealand Whisky Collection, is currently preparing to launch some modern expressions, having begun production in 2021 at its own distillery installed at Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin.

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