Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016
"Thomson Whisky brings you an update from the barrel. Made from 100% New Zealand grown malted barley, smoked using Manuka wood, and distilled through a hand beaten copper pot still, it’s our Manuka Smoke release in its youth. This ‘work in progress’ bottling offers natural smoke, cinnamon, clove, and Manuka oils."
drinksbiz Magazine, May 2018
"This New Zealand whisky brand was established by husband and wife team Rachael and Mathew Thomson in 2010. With a new distillery now in operation in Riverhead, north west of central Auckland, they blend whiskies and distil single malt using a hand-beaten copper pot still and New Zealand grown and malted barley. The Thomsons age their whiskies in a range of casks including ex-bourbon barrels, New Zealand red wine casks and some miniatures.
Made from 100 per cent New Zealand grown and malted barley that is smoked using native manuka wood, this whisky is then distilled through Thomson Whisky’s hand-beaten copper pot still. The Manuka Smoke release is still in its youth (hence ‘progress report’) but has already won Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 and Silver at the IWSC in 2017. Aromas of smoke and spice lead to a velvety smooth palate of manuka oils shrouded in smoke with notes of cinnamon and clove."