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The Cardrona Just Hatched

(35cl, 64.4%)

The Cardrona Just Hatched

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The Cardrona Hatched Bottling Note

Here we have The Cardrona, the inaugural single malt from the Cardrona Distillery in New Zealand! It's been dubbed Just Hatched, because it's been bottled at three years old, just after its turning of age to legally be called a whisky. It's been matured in a duo of bourbon and sherry casks before bottling at cask strength, a burly 64.4% ABV. Though it's young, this weighty whisky packs some rather complex flavours.

Consider this similar product...

The Cardrona Solera

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toasted hot cross bun with butter, grape skin, a hint of cedar, walnut loaf and lemon sponge cake.

Palate: Oily almond, raw honey and a floral undertone, with buttery vanilla shortbread, grapefruit freshness and spicy undertones.

Finish: Candied fruit and malty cereal.

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Cardrona Just Hatched Reviews


Absolutely love this whisky. The thick, full, sweet mouth feel is such a joy. I’m excited to try more from this distillery

30th October 2021

Good potential but unbalanced at the moment

The spirit is too raw to to drink at full strength so having added 50% adiitional water bringing it down to around 48% makes it much more palatable but still a bit raw. It has a honeyed nose with sherbert hints. On the palte it reminded me of barley sugar sweets and floral notes but on the finish the sweetnes dries leaving a bitter ending. A lot going on in here but at the moment it's not balanced and is all over the place. Not good value at this price for a half bottle.

An example of a new whisky beeing rushed out to get some income perhaps? I think this needs a longer incubation!

8th April 2021

Good Things to Come

This is only just a whisky, its just 3 years and 1 day old. However, you can already taste the quality of spirit being made deep in the Cardrona Valley along a fence line cast entirely in bras.

The family behind Cardrona have gone to great pains to get the process right knowing it will yield results. Stills from Forsythes, High quality barley and of course pure still NZ water. Ok I'll stop I'm sound like an advert.

This whisky drinks well beyond its young age. Its got a mouthfeel and balance that belies its high ABV. If this is the start of the journey I can't wait to see what happens 7, 9 or even 15 years down the line

19th November 2020

Not All good whisky is old!


Stands up to a drop of water to cool off the high abv (if you're that way inclined). Super chewy with lots of sherry and a beautiful long creamy finish. Incredibly moreish. Lots of honey and shortbread, hints of citrus and vanilla.

7th September 2020


Had high expectations for this, we visited the distillery and loved it... bought home a bottle which we tasted, with anticipation, with our whiskey loving friends... unfortunately it falls far below the mark when compared to our favoured Scottish whiskeys. Extremely green.

1st August 2020

Really impressed! Drinks beyond its years.

Delicious honey & citrus notes beautiful long creamy finish will keep you going back for more. Lively to be expected at its age and strength, a splash of water won't go a miss at 65% !

12th February 2020

Hot cross buns!

Unusual buttery hot cross buns & honey. Raw but lots of potential. Candied orange & lemon peels, nutmeg & vanilla finish.

6th February 2020

Top drawer

Tasted at the Distillery, big fan. It'll put NZ on the map for whiskey.

23rd December 2019

Great for age

Tried at Whisky Show London, seriously impressive for the age. Cask-Strength too.

4th November 2019

Not overly impressed

Sampled it in Cardrona in August ...

30th October 2019

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