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Pōkeno, Winter Malt (700ml)

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Pōkeno Distillery,

Winter Malt

46% ABV

New Zealand Single Malt Whisky


Our winter malt was inspired by the unique selection of New Zealand malts that we chose for our mashbill:

Manuka Smoked Malt: The Manuka tree is indigenous to New Zealand, and this is the world’s only manuka smoked malt. It has a smooth Sweet smokiness.

Chocolate Roasted Malt: This is specially roasted for us, and has lovely coffee and chocolate aromas.

Toffee Malt: This is a unique malt, roasted at very low temperatures and then caramelised. It adds honey and toffee flavours.

Laureate Distillers Malt: This is a very sweet and floral malt.

We have then aged the Winter malt in only the finest first fill bourbon barrels.

NOSE: On the nose there is sweet honied smoke, chocolate caramel slice, vanilla bean and toffee.

TASTE: In the mouth notes of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa beans, mingle beautifully with creamy fudge.

FINISH: Long, sweet and smoky finish.


About the Distillery

In 2017 Pōkeno Whisky was founded with a vision to put New Zealand on the map as a producer of single malt whisky. It is the largest single malt distillery in the country.

Today, the Pōkeno Whisky Company handles all processing on site at a state-of-the-art distillery with maturation warehouses, filtration and bottling facilities, and a fully functional cooperage.

Everything done there is driven by a goal to create one of the world’s great Single Malts. Batch production, long fermentation, and slow distillation are just a few of the things that help make them different. As craft distillers, they are also able to focus on quality over quantity and on doing things their way, not the easy way.

Using only pure volcanic spring water from the North Island distillery’s surrounding volcanic hills and family-farmed barley from New Zealand’s rich, fertile South Island, Pōkeno selects only the finest casks to mature their precious spirit, and the warm subtropical local climate accelerates its maturation and flavor development.

All of this allows Pōkeno to produce Single Malt whisky with exceptional body and flavor; whisky that captures the pure spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand.


"The New Zealand spirit is forged through a unique marriage of culture and climate. It's an intangible phenomenon that produces tangible greatness and enables Kiwis to fearlessly punch above their weight on a global stage. And it's this spirit that inspires us to experiment with flavour to create world-class- but distinctively different - single malts.

There is no compromise in anything we do, and I would like to thank you for joining us on this journey of discovery, not just of our whisky, but of Aotearoa New Zealand."

— Matt Johns, Founder Pōkeno