The Southern West Coast is as wild today as 150 years
ago,the rush of gold miners, lumberjacks, and coal miners
has now passed by leaving a scattering of semi ghost towns,
regenerating forest and wild rain storms.
hard characters that survived this time are legendary
even in the 1850’s the bushmen reverted to boiling
seaweed and boot leather for food.
Hard Liquor at this time was often shipped directly
into the gold fields from Sydney but 'grog' a
blinding brew of an alcohol, rum, tobacco with perhaps
a drop of acid to give it a kick was made locally.
Following the miners came the girls, the
stores the breweries and finally the moonshiners. West Coast
Shine was known for its ‘saltiness’ as the mashes
and still fires were fuelled by driftwood and seaweed. The best
of them had portable copper stills transported from camp to
camp by horse and dray. While the whiskey was always fresh judgement
was made on its tang and the way the spirit clung to the sides
of the glass.
At Southern Distilleries today we again employ the traditional
driftwood /seaweed fuel to scorch the malted barley and char
the oak. The single malt that ages with this oak absorbs
an unique character making it ideal to drink alone or with a drop
Like the MacKenzie this whiskey is not chill
filtered nor does it contain any colouring.
Deep golden amber
Grain, smoke and peak notes
Full, rich whiskey, smokey, caramel
750ml and 50ml
Origins of The Coaster
Coaster Single Malt Whiskey is produced from malted barley including South Island grown grain. The rich peat and smoke wood used in the barley and oak conditioning process is of West Coast Origin.