Cardrona (NEW ZEALAND)

Caol Ila distillery

Cardrona distillery is located in the hamlet of Cardrona, about halfway along the Crown Range Road, a steep, mountainous route between Queenstown and Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. It was built only a few years ago and released its inaugural 3-year old in time for Christmas 2018. Two expressions were available, from bourbon casks and from sherry butts. All stocks were sold in three days. There is a shop and that is selling the distillery’s other products which are a range of hand-crafted Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs. The tour guide was Linda and we visited all areas of the distillery. Tasting was of the gins and liqueurs only - no whisky available, which was a pity.

The distillery has one mash tun, six stainless steel wash backs and one wash and one spirit still. New spirit is casked and stored on site. Basic semi-automatic bottling plant is installed.