Whisky has not been produced in New Zealand since 1997 when the Willowbank Distillery on the South Island sold its stills to the rum industry and closed its doors, leaving hundreds of barrels of Cask Strength whisky to be auctioned off or mothballed. In 2010, The New Zealand Whisky Collection bought the last 80,000 litres in 443 barrels from what had previously been stored in an old airplane hangar. The whisky now resides in a towering seaside bonds store in Oamaru. These are exceptionally rare whiskies from what was once the world’s southern-most distillery. The company hopes to start distilling again in the future and bring whisky production back to New Zealand.