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Cardrona Distillery launches ‘Full Flight’, two seven-year-old single cask whisky expressions

New Zealand’s premier single malt producer, Cardrona Distillery, has unveiled two milestone single-cask whiskies to mark seven years in oak. The brand new ‘Full Flight’ expressions have been rigorously hand-selected by Distillery Founder Desiree Reid from two very particular ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.

Created to showcase the progress of Cardrona’s single malt, the brand new additions will be part of Cardrona’s portfolio of award-winning single cask whiskies, which incorporates their critically acclaimed ‘Simply Hatched’ single cask releases, which bought out in a matter of days, and their five-year-old counterpart ‘Rising Wings’.

The wealthy Cardrona Full Flight Single Cask Launch Sherry bottling was matured for seven years in a González Byass Oloroso sherry butt then transferred to a Pedro Ximénez butt for a decadent end.

Bottled at 67.2% ABV, flavours of scorching cross buns laden with spice, combines with sun-scorched nectarine and a drizzle of Cardrona’s signature borage flower honey. £125 for 350ml.

The beautiful Cardrona Full Flight Single Cask Launch Bourbon was matured in an ex-Breckenridge Bourbon cask for seven years. With a 66.9% ABV, flavours of honeyed Central Otago apricots, seasoned with applewood and vanilla are completed with a dollop of wealthy cream custard. £125 for 350ml.  

Founder Desiree Reid stated: “We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of ‘Full Flight’, taking us one other step nearer in the direction of the discharge of our signature ten-year-old, and symbolising the final stage of our progress report journey.” 

Cardrona’s whiskies begin life as a single malt base spirit, made out of barley, yeast and Cardrona Alpine water. The whisky is then distilled within the distillery’s two copper pot stills, from Forsyths of Rothes, Scotland.

For whisky lovers and collectors, Cardrona’s progress report sequence maps the spirit’s journey in the direction of its future signature 10-year-old.  Cardrona’s icon is known as in honour of its guard, the New Zealand falcon – kārearea. It’s usually discovered perched on the finish of the barrel home, and the hen famously stood on the neck of the wash nonetheless because it was craned into the distillery. 


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About Cardrona 

Cardrona is a novel model, distilling hand-crafted luxurious spirits in New Zealand’s beautiful Southern Alps to share with the world. The Cardrona story is infused with the magic of the Cardrona Valley and the unimaginable imaginative and prescient and willpower of founder, Desiree Reid, who bought her household farm to pursue her dream of constructing a contemporary, family-run distillery in her native New Zealand. She selected the Cardrona Valley for its unspoilt tranquillity, crisp clear air and the provision of very good high quality native components, excellent for foraging throughout the seasons. Most significantly, it gave her entry to the crystal-clear, mineral-rich Alpine waters of New Zealand’s highest mountain go for manufacturing.

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