Paloma New Zealand Barrel-Aged Barleywine is a deep amber strong ale that was aged more than 10 months in whisky casks that held very special NZ single malt whisky for more than 8 years. The casks have a great story to tell and amazing flavours to contribute to the beer. The casks (French and American Oak) originally held red wines from Mills Reef in NZ and then created the special Double-Wood/Oamaruvian releases from the NZ Whisky Co. The resulting beer is rich, nutty, and smooth with notes of dried fruits, raisins, Christmas cake, and tawny port.
There were a very limited number of NZ Whiskey Co. barrels, and we can coax the whiskey character out of a barrel and into a beer only once. After that, the barrel may offer oak flavour, but the whiskey character is essentially lost. Each bottle is hand numbered. The 2017 release is available. Annual releases are planned for 2018 – 2020 and supply is very, very limited.
Count yourself fortunate if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some of these bottles. It is a unique experience which can’t be repeated and the beer will age gracefully for years. We expect the sweet spot to be around 3-5 years. Do not serve cold! Treat it like a port or red wine and serve it in an elegant glass.
Cheese: blue, aged gouda, sharp aged cheddar
Mains: risotto, mu-shu pork, beef Wellington, venison, lamb
Dessert: fresh figs, fruit cake, steamed pudding
We made a huge and bold barleywine with heaps of NZ Goldings hops to make the amber treasure for this beer. We then put it up in the most unique double-wood whisky barrels (ex Mills-Reef red wine) which imparted a tawny port character to the beer. Get some if you can.