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Where can I buy Cardrona Distillery spirits in the UK?

We are available at a number of leading spirits retailers such as Master of Malt and Whisky Exchange and on trade venues. Head to our stockist page to find out more.

Where in New Zealand are you based?

Cardrona Distillery is located in the spectacular Cardrona Valley, Central Otago New Zealand. The distillery is a 40 minutes drive from Queenstown, and is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

If I visit New Zealand can I take a tour of your distillery?

Yes, Cardrona is open for tours every day, with the first tour departing at 10am. Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac morning. We are the number 1 tourist attraction on Trip Advisor for the Central Otago region, we love welcoming people through our doors for tours, cocktail and delicious food.

What are craft spirits?

We pride ourselves in a ‘grain to glass’ approach, all of our range are single malt spirits made on site at our beautiful distillery, from scratch, which are then hand bottled, hand labelled and packaged. We are a proud team who focus on the craftmanship of our work, to bring you the best spirits possible.

What rules does Cardrona adhere to for whisky making regulations?

Cardrona follows the Scotland’s regulations for Whisky making. Cardrona Single Malt Whisky is made with only 100% malted barley, water and yeast. Cardrona does not use enzymes. Cardrona uses a double copper pot distillation. Cardrona is matured for a minimum of 3 years on an oak cask. Cardrona does not chill-filter. Cardrona Single Malt Whisky is all-natural colour and flavour.

What World Whisky Awards have you won?

We have won New Zealand's Best Single Malt in the World Whisky Awards 2020 and New Zealand’s Best Single Cask Single Malt in the 2021 World Whisky Awards.

Have your other spirits won any awards?

Yes, The Source Gin was Awarded Gold at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016. In 2017 it was named as one of the World’s Top 50 gins.  

The reid vodka was named one of the World’s 50 Best vodkas in 2020.  

Does the New Zealand weather impact your whisky maturation?

Yes, our alpine environment results in the oak integrating nicely with the spirit in this elevated altitude.  Cardrona's spirit is coming along more quickly because of the environment, the enormous temperature variation, elevation & range of humidity. Dave Broom says it best as part of a focus on climate for The Whisky Exchange’s Virtual Whisky Show, here; Climate: A Part of the Barrel's Terroir – Virtual Whisky Show

Are your spirits vegan?

Yes, all of our product line is vegan

Are your spirits gluten free?

Yes, all of our single malt spirits are gluten free.