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Only a Limited Amount of This Whisky is Landing In NZ, Here’s When & Where to Find It


This is a general alert to all Whisky fans, especially those of the single malt scotch variety.

Aligning with the annual Islay Whisky Festival Feis Ile in Scotland Ardbeg Day well be celebrated in NZ Saturday June 3rd. The celebrations stretch across the country in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. There will be celebrations along with the official release of the limited edition Ardbeg Kelpie for purchase, paired canapes as well as games and prizes. Presumably these games include “Whisky Pong”, but that’s only a guess.

This year’s limited release of Ardbeg Kelpie is the first bottling to be matured in Black Sea casks which are renowned for imparting a unique intensity to the worlds smokiest, peatiest Islay malt whisky. There’s a strictly limited number of bottles being sent to New Zealand, so these are going to be hot items to pick up at about $186.

According to the tasting notes Kelpie begins with an intense aroma of oily peat, smoked fish and hints of seaweed, followed by a rich crescendo of treacle coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark chocolate. The finish seemingly lasts forever with deep flavours of clove, tar and toffee.

Where to Get Involved

  • House of Whiskey, 38 Courthouse Lane, Auckland, Saturday June 3rd, 11am-5pm
  • The Jefferson, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland, Saturday June 3rd, 7:30pm-10pm
  • Regional Wine, Beers & Spirits, 15 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington, Saturday 3rd June,  11am-4pm
  • Whisky Galore, 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch, Saturday June 3rd, 9:30am – 5pm
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